Edward Renehan’s books include Dark Genius of Wall Street: The Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons (Basic Books), The Kennedys at War (Doubleday), The Lion’s Pride (Oxford University Press), The Life of Charles Stewart Mott (University of Michigan Press), John Burroughs: An American Naturalist (Black Dome Press), and The Secret Six (Crown). He has appeared on PBS’s The American Experience, NPR, and C-Span’s BookTV, and has written for publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The San Francisco Chronicle.
Ed is a fifth-generation New Yorker who now lives near Newport, RI. Before moving to RI in 1994 he worked for 14 years in New York publishing, doing stints at St. Martin’s Press, Macmillan, etc., with an emphasis on the emerging field of digital publishing. In his spare time (when not writing or sailing) he serves as Managing Director of a very small, family-held digital start-up, New Street Communications, founded 2010, with its premier line being New Street Nautical Audio.
Ed encourages readers to buy his books – and all books – through locally-owned independent bookstores, most of which offer easy online browsing and ordering via indiebound.org.
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Coming from Chicago Review Press – Autumn 2021
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, and the 1830 Murder of a Salem Slave Trader
“Ed Renehan has combed through the murky annals to eloquently reveal one of the most riveting stories of crime, detection, and court drama in the history of American jurisprudence.” – Ashleigh Banfield, Host of BANFIELD on NEWSNATION-WGN
“A cold-blooded murder, a city in an uproar, a thrilling courtroom drama featuring no less than the legendary Daniel Webster: Deliberate Evil has all the ingredients of a sizzling historical novel. But it’s all true, as evidenced by Ed Renehan’s meticulous research and reporting. This is true crime at its most enthralling—prepare to be transported.” – Terri Cheney, New York Times bestselling author of Manic
“Deliberate Evil tells the story of the brutal murder of Captain Joseph White in Salem, Massachusetts in 1830, which held our young nation in rapt attention and inspired writings by both Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Renehan’s account of the twisty tale is riveting, both skillful and scandalous, full of thoughtful research and meditations on the nature of guilt. There’s great reportage here, as well as important literary and cultural history. A must-read for historical true crime fanatics.” – William Boyle, author of City of Margins, A Friend Is a Gift You Give Yourself, The Lonely Witness, and Gravesend
“Salem, Massachusetts may be best remembered for its witch trials, but Ed Renehan has disinterred another trial, prosecuted by Daniel Webster and witnessed by Nathaniel Hawthorne, that electrified the world in the 1830s—and that was deliberately erased from memory over the next century. A story of family secrets, a stolen will, prodigal sons, and murder, it is at once a meticulously-researched work of historical reconstruction and a haunting American gothic.” – Arthur Goldwag, author of Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies and The New Hate