Young escape artist and spiritualist debunker Harry Houdini is still struggling to make a name for himself in turn-of-the-century New York City in this third and last Houdini mystery. He sees an opportunity for fame by exposing the tricks of spiritualist Lucius Craig, if he can work out how the fake medium managed to conjure a "spirit" while tied to a chair by Houdini himself—or how the apparition was able to stab an audience member to death and then disappear. This is part of a trilogy of detailed and atmospheric historical mysteries by Daniel Stashower, the author of such Agatha, Anthony, and Edgar Award–winning biographies and true-crime studies as Teller of Tales, Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters, and The Hour of Peril.
"Enough intrigue, banter and action to keep you reading and due to some very thorough research, give you a realistic look at New York in this time period, an insight into Houdini's home-life and early career."—Bad Haven