Carter Beats the Devil

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Hyperion, Sep 18, 2002 - Fiction - 496 pages
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Glen David Gold's literary debut dazzled critics and fans from coast to coast. Now Carter's center stage for a spectacular paperback . . .

The response to Glen David Gold's debut novel, Carter Beats the Devil, was extraordinary. He hypnotized us with his portrait of a 1920s magic-obsessed America and of Charles Carter--a.k.a. Carter the Great--a young master performer whose skill as an illusionist exceeded even that of the great Houdini. Filled with historical references that evoke the excesses and exuberance of Roaring Twenties pre-Depression America, Carter Beats the Devil is a complex and illuminating story of one man's journey through a magical and sometimes dangerous world, where illusion is everything.
  

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User Review  - Marmoset509 - Goodreads

Not a bad historical fiction novel. My main complaints are: 1. It seemed to take Gold an agonizingly long time to build up to the climax. I was getting bored waiting for it, which is odd since I think ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

"Basically Dan Brown with magicians" is what I wish had been written on the cover, so I would have known not to read this. Based to some degree on the real life of the magician Carter the Great, it ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
25
Section 3
27
Section 4
41
Section 5
53
Section 6
75
Section 7
99
Section 8
107
Section 21
257
Section 22
262
Section 23
265
Section 24
279
Section 25
283
Section 26
324
Section 27
332
Section 28
342

Section 9
113
Section 10
133
Section 11
145
Section 12
151
Section 13
153
Section 14
160
Section 15
161
Section 16
193
Section 17
212
Section 18
214
Section 19
240
Section 20
249
Section 29
343
Section 30
347
Section 31
349
Section 32
362
Section 33
371
Section 34
387
Section 35
399
Section 36
417
Section 37
427
Section 38
464
Section 39
481
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Glen David Gold received his MFA for creative writing at the University of California at Irvine and has written for newspapers, film, and television. He currently lives in Southern California.

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