From Graham Moore, the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian, comes a page-turning historical thriller—based on actual events—about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America.
New York, 1888. The miracle of electric light is in its infancy. Thomas Edison has won the race to the patent office and is suing his only remaining rival, George Westinghouse, for the unheard of sum of one billion dollars. To defend himself, Westinghouse makes a surprising choice in his attorney: He hires an untested twenty-six-year-old fresh out of Columbia Law School named Paul Cravath.
The task facing Cravath is beyond daunting. Edison proves to be a formidable, wily, and dangerous opponent. Yet this young, unknown attorney shares with his famous opponent a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it? As he 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.
Praise for The Last Days of Night
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
Winner of The American Library Association’s Reading List Council’s Prize for Best Historical Fiction
“A fascinating portrait of American inventors . . . Moore crafts a compelling narrative out of [Paul] Cravath’s cunning legal maneuvers and [Nikola] Tesla’s world-changing tinkering, while a story line on opera singer Agnes Huntington has the mysterious glamour of The Great Gatsby. . . . Moore weaves a complex web. . . . He conjures Gilded Age New York City so vividly, it feels like only yesterday.”—Entertainment Weekly
“A model of superior historical fiction . . . Graham Moore digs deep into long-forgotten facts to give us an exciting, sometimes astonishing story of two geniuses locked in a brutal battle to change the world. . . . [A] brilliant journey into the past.”—The Washington Post
“This captivating historical novel illuminates a fascinating American moment.”—People
“In a taut 384 pages, Moore, who won an Academy Award as the screenwriter for The Imitation Game, takes readers on a gripping ride with some of America’s most renowned figures—Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Nikola Tesla, and J.P. Morgan—through a critical but overlooked period of history: the dawn of the electrical age.” —The Weekly Standard
“Moore has a gift for sure-footed plot development and full-blooded characters, bringing to life Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and Cravath — all real people, as were several supporting players… The result is a ripping tale of industrial espionage, arson, legal maneuvering and genuine, brilliant, pure science.” – The Seattle Times
“Devil in the White City fans, you’ll adore this one. . . . Secret societies, private spites, vast fortunes—this book has it all. But the way all its stories fit together at the end will make you realize that everyone was playing their own game all along. But of course, only one will win.”—Refinery 29
“A marvelous legal thriller set in a magical time when inventions were truly wonders, [Moore] knows how to grab your attention and not let go. . . . This is historical fiction at its very best. . . . The Last Days of Night is just as crackling as the electricity at its very core.”—Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star
“Moore’s writing is sharp and as energized as his topic. . . . This is a riveting book that will hold your attention and will illuminate many on the birth of light in America. Part legal thriller, part romance, injected with a history lesson. Worth the read.”—Historical Novel Society
“This book should not sit idly on a shelf. Moore has done brilliant research into a world ruled by so-called inventors who did anything and risked everything to claim that must-have patent that would fill their bank accounts. A truly fascinating novel that is part law/part order over the clash of…the light bulb.” –Suspense Magazine
“Mesmerizing, clever, and absolutely crackling, The Last Days of Night is a triumph of imagination. Graham Moore has chosen Gilded Age New York as his playground, with outsized characters—Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse—as his players. The result is a beautifully researched, endlessly entertaining novel that will leave you buzzing.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
“In The Last Days of Night, Graham Moore takes us back to the dawn of light—electric light—into a world of invention and skulduggery, populated by the likes of Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla, and the novel’s hero, a young lawyer named Paul Cravath (a name that will resonate with ambitious law students everywhere). It’s part legal thriller, part tour of a magical time—the age of wonder—and once you’ve finished it, you’ll find it hard to return to the world of now.”—Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City