- Murder, Vice, Police Corruption, and New York's Trial of the Century
- Narrated by: David Ackroyd
- Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 07-10-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Random House Audio
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They called it Satan's Circus - a square mile of Midtown Manhattan where vice ruled, sin flourished, and depravity danced in every doorway. At the turn of the twentieth century, murder was so common in the vice district that few people were surprised when the loudmouthed owner of a shabby casino was gunned down on the steps of its best hotel. But when, two weeks later, an ambitious district attorney charged young policeman Charley Becker with ordering the murder, even the denizens of Satan's Circus were surprised. The handsome lieutenant was a decorated hero, the renowned leader of New York's vice-busting Special Squad. Was he a bad cop leading a double life, or a pawn felled by the sinister rogues who ran Manhattan's underworld?
With appearances by the legendary and the notorious, Satan's Circus brings to life an almost-forgotten Gotham. Chronicling Charley Becker's rise and fall, the audiobook tells of the raucous, gaudy, and utterly corrupt city that made him, and recounts not one but two sensational murder trials that landed him in the electric chair.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Joshua on 11-27-13
Very good book from start to finish
Would you listen to Satan's Circus again? Why?
Yes. It was interesting and educational
What did you like best about this story?
It flip flops half way through and the fact it's nonfiction
Have you listened to any of David Ackroyd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No but I will
Any additional comments?
Definitely a good book
1 of 2 people found this review helpful