Coming December 2021 from Chicago Review Press. “Ed Renehan has combed through the murky annals of the past 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 fascinating blend of true crime and American History.” – Publishers Weekly
November 2021

Edward Renehan is a critically acclaimed author and ghostwriter whose 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 books concerning computer science and business computing. (His tenure included seven years as Director of Computer Publishing Programs at Macmillan/MBCI and its successor firm, Newbridge.)

In his spare time (when not writing or sailing) Ed serves as the Managing Director of a very small, family-held digital-native publishing initiative, New Street Communications, founded 2010, with its premier line being New Street Nautical Audio.

Long, long ago in a universe far, far away, Ed was a young guitar picker who studied with Gary Davis and recorded a duets album with Pete Seeger.

As previously mentioned, Ed also ghostwrites on occasion, as time (and tides) permit.

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Coming from Chicago Review Press – December 2021

Deliberate Evil

Nathaniel Hawthorne, Daniel Webster, and the 1830 Murder of a Salem Slave Trader

“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 CheneyNew York Times bestselling author of Manic

“Ed Renehan has combed through the murky annals of the past 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

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 Shoot the Moonlight Out, City of MarginsA Friend Is a Gift You Give YourselfThe 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

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