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the life of activist, journalist, and crusader Ida B. Wells, an icon of the Civil Rights movement, and the investigation of the brutal murder, in 1910 in Asbury Park, NJ, of 10-year-old Marie Smith. Through her story, he shows the pivotal intersection of sweeping forces in our country's history—Jim Crow racial violence, religious extremism, class struggle, and the infancy of criminal psychology—which help explain how our nation became as racially tense and politically polarized as it is today. In the vein of Erik Larson's Devil in the White City and the David Grann's Killers of the Flower Moon, THE ROPE is, according to Vanity Fair’s Joe Pompeo, a “compelling and timely…page turner” that former NAACP President Ben Jealous says, “highlights the heroism of activists who fought to bend the country away from hate and toward justice.”
“In this riveting true story, Alex Tresniowski tells the intertwined stories of a crusading reporter, an innovative detective, and a man unjustly imprisoned…You’ll read this in a night, I promise!” —Molly Oditz, Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2021
Alex Tresniowski is a NY-based writer and author or coauthor of more than twenty books, including the 2005 true-crime thriller The Vendetta, which was used as a basis for the 2009 movie Public Enemies. He formerly worked for both Time and People magazines, handling mostly human-interest stories.
Dawn Davis is the Editor in Chief of Bon Appétit. A veteran of the publishing world, prior to moving to BA, Davis worked in book publishing for over twenty-five years and published several award winning and New York Times bestselling books, including Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires, winner of a 2019 Whiting Award; the National Book Award finalist, Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge; The Known World, winner of a Pulitzer in fiction by Edward P. Jones; Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For by Ambassador Susan Rice; The Butler: A Witness to History by Wil Haygood; The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae; I Can’t Make This Up by Kevin Hart, and The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner. She was named the 2019 Editor of the Year by Poets & Writers.