The Last Days of Night
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The Last Days of Night


A thrilling novel based on actual events, about the nature of genius, the cost of ambition, and the battle to electrify America—from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and New York Times bestselling author of The Sherlockian

New York, 1888. Gas lamps still flicker in the city streets, but the miracle of electric light is in its infancy. The person who controls the means to turn night into day will make history—and a vast fortune. A young untested lawyer named Paul Cravath, fresh out of Columbia Law School, takes a case that seems impossible to win. Paul’s client, George Westinghouse, has been sued by Thomas Edison over a billion-dollar question: Who invented the light bulb and holds the right to power the country?

The case affords Paul entry to the heady world of high society—the glittering parties in Gramercy Park mansions, and the more insidious dealings done behind closed doors. The task facing him is beyond daunting. Edison is a wily, dangerous opponent with vast resources at his disposal—private spies, newspapers in his pocket, and the backing of J. P. Morgan himself. Yet this unknown lawyer shares with his famous adversary a compulsion to win at all costs. How will he do it?

In obsessive pursuit of victory, Paul crosses paths with Nikola Tesla, an eccentric, brilliant inventor who may hold the key to defeating Edison, and with Agnes Huntington, a beautiful opera singer who proves to be a flawless performer on stage and off. As Paul 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.

Title:The Last Days of Night
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages

    The Last Days of Night Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    Sep 21, 2016

    All stories are love stories. Paul remembered someone famous saying that. Thomas Edison’s would be no exception. All men get the things they love. The tragedy of some men is not that they are deni...

  • Diane
    Oct 04, 2016

    This novel wears its heart on its sleeve. I could tell the author loved his characters, flaws and all, and was fascinated by the time period. That enthusiasm rubbed off on me, and I enjoyed this book ...

  • Lela
    Jul 15, 2016

    I was intrigued by the title and know the author's work so I requested this book from Net Galley. When I won and then began reading the description more thoroughly, I wondered if I would actually enjo...

  • Dannii Elle
    May 23, 2016

    I received this book on a read to review basis from NetGalley. Thank you to the author, Graham Moore, and the publisher, Random House, for this opportunity. I have never had the pleasure of previously...

  • Karen
    Sep 12, 2016

    “I have not failed. I’ve just found ten thousand ways that don’t work.” Thomas Edison.This was a great piece of historical fiction that pits titans Westinghouse vs. Edison in the race to deliv...

  • Cher
    Oct 12, 2016

    4 stars - It was great. I loved it.This book was recommended to me by a friend and while I was only mildly intrigued by the synopsis, I gave it a go. Absolutely loved it. The author has an easy and sm...

  • Dorie
    Jul 27, 2016

    This was good historical fiction with fictional characters thrown in along with the real inventors and businessmen.Paul Cravath is a young attorney who has been given what he feels is the opportunity ...

  • Perry
    Oct 05, 2016

    4.1, review forthcoming....

  • Lena
    Sep 20, 2016

    AVAILABLE NOW!!! “If you think you can stop me,” Edison said softly, “go ahead and try. But you’ll have to do it in the dark.” There is no way this does not make best Historical Fiction at...

  • Book Riot Community
    Aug 17, 2016

    From the author of The Sherlockian comes another delightful 19th-century tale involving real-life historical figures! This time it’s Thomas Edison. On the brink of getting electric lights into every...

About Graham Moore

Graham Moore

Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film, directed by Morten Tyldum and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, received 8 Academy Award nominations, including Best Pi