Young attorney Paul Cravath has received a great honor. He has been chosen by George Westinghouse to represent the great man in his ongoing patent war with Thomas Edison. It is an intricate case because both men claim to have invented the light bulb. With hundreds of other lawsuits being brought against Westinghouse as well (by smaller companies), Paul’s team will need to win. And when the eccentric and colorful Nikola Tesla enters the picture, things go awry.
Set in the late 1880s in New York City with forays into Pittsburgh and Tennessee, author Graham Moore brings the events of this important historical time alive. Full of intrigue, tension, travel, and page-turning momentum, we are even treated to a bit of romance as attorney Cravath finds himself in a hopeless, one-sided love with a famous singer of the era.
This reader normally finds these kinds of stories to be cut and dried. But The Last Days of Night is anything but boring. I was amazed at how quickly I befriended the characters and became involved with their lives. The highs, the lows, the plateaus, were all present and riveting. The plot moved along with every page and the characters were multi-faceted and seemed to jump off the pages. I’ll admit to spending an entire night reading the last quarter of the book by book light. A satisfying conclusion was my reward.
A terrific way to learn about this important time in American history. I highly recommend this book for readers from 16 to 96. My first book by this acclaimed author but definitely not my last.
Rating: 5 stars