The Last Days of Night
A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America—from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?

In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul takes greater and greater risks, he’ll find that everyone in his path is playing their own game, and no one is quite who they seem.

The Last Days of Night Details

Book TitleThe Last Days of Night
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ISBN9780812988901
FormatHardcover
Pages368
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The Last Days of Night Reviews

  • ❀kɑtɦɑʀiɳɑ❀
    Oct 18, 2016

    ❀kɑtɦɑʀiɳɑ❀

    4 stars!I'd like to give this book closer to 5 stars, only because it was written so well, however, it took me a tremendous amount of time to read it, and to me that's a sign that it wasn't as good as I thought. Normally, I finish a book I love in 1-2 days, while this one took me over ...

  • The Shayne-Train
    Oct 13, 2016

    The Shayne-Train

    This was such an interesting, gripping read!And here's the weird thing: it totally got me where I didn't expect it to. Need an explanation? Kk.1) I'm not a fan of courtroom/legal thrillers at all. Boring, ho-hum, yawn yawn, all that. But the legal stuff in this story, the overwhelmingl...

  • Cher
    Oct 12, 2016

    Cher

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it.This book was recommended to me by a friend and while I was only mildly intrigued by the synopsis, I gave it a go. Absolutely loved it. The author has an easy and smooth writing style with consistent pacing throughout the novel, and I look forward to ...

  • Eileen
    Oct 7, 2016

    Eileen

    3.5 stars (liked it)Told in plain and practical prose, I found this book to be an engaging novel about the competing interests and efforts in the drive to perfect and dominate the world of electrical light and electrical current via a converging intersection of science, law, and busine...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Oct 6, 2016

    DeB MaRtEnS

    Reading the novel, The Last Days of Night, was a real pleasure for me. Graham Moore has written vibrant historical fiction with fully fleshed out characters, while maintaining integrity to the true story of the "electricity" battle waged between inventors Edison and Westinghouse in the...

  • Perry
    Oct 5, 2016

    Perry

    4.1, review forthcoming. ...

  • Diane
    Oct 4, 2016

    Diane

    This novel wears its heart on its sleeve. I could tell the author loved his characters, flaws and all, and was fascinated by the time period. That enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and I enjoyed this book more than I expected.The Last Days of Night is historical fiction about the electrifyi...

  • Ariel
    Sep 30, 2016

    Ariel

    Paul Cravath is tiptoeing the brink of New York City's bustling maw. It's 1888; Cravath is fresh from Columbia Law School and eager to prove himself to both the mentor that brought him on as an untested partner in a new firm and to the folks back home who don't quite get the appeal of ...

  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 21, 2016

    Will Byrnes

    All stories are love stories. Paul remembered someone famous saying that. Thomas Edison’s would be no exception. All men get the things they love. The tragedy of some men is not that they are denied, but that they wish they’d loved something else. Paul Cravath, a young atto...

  • Lena
    Sep 20, 2016

    Lena

    AVAILABLE NOW!!! “If you think you can stop me,” Edison said softly, “go ahead and try. But you’ll have to do it in the dark.” There is no way this does not make best Historical Fiction at the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016. There is no way this does not get ma...