by David Marlett



“Amazing storytelling. A legal thriller that holds you till the last train out.”

— Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bosch series

A new historical legal thriller by


Bestselling Author of Fortunate Son

“A cracking good tale! Part love story, part espionage thriller.”

— Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“A gripping story…unforgettable characters…fascinating.

—  Adam Benforado, New York Times bestselling author

“David Marlett writes with a masterful blend of historical fact and detail, of adventure, peril, and courtroom drama.” 

—  Vincent Bugliosi, New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

“Vivid, well researched, and told bare-knuckled.”

— Mark Sullivan, national bestselling author of Beneath a Scarlet Sky

“An important story of intensity and emotional pull.” 

—  Jeff Kamen, Emmy-winning NPR and NBC journalist and author

“Much more than a novel about Gilded Age corruption, American Red is a rich, skillful page-turner.”

—  Andra Watkins, New York Times bestselling author

“A stellar novel of intrigue, adventure, and engaging characters.”

—  Steve Berry, multiple New York Times bestselling author

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The Great American Century begins, the modern world roars to life, Capitalists flaunt greed and seize power, Socialists and labor unions flex their violent will, and an extraordinary true story of love and sacrifice unfolds.

In his critically acclaimed debut novel, Fortunate Son, David Marlett introduced readers to a fresh take on historical fiction--the historical legal thriller--bringing alive the people and events leading to and surrounding some of the most momentous, dramatic legal trials in history. Now he returns with American Red, the story of one of the greatest domestic terrorists in American history, and the detectives, lawyers, spies, and lovers who brought him down.

The men and women of American Red are among the most fascinating in American history. When, at the dawn of the 20th century, the Idaho governor is assassinated, blame falls on “Big Bill” Haywood, the all-powerful, one-eyed boss of the Western Federation of Miners in Denver. Close by, his polio-crippled wife, Neva, struggles with her wavering faith, her love for another man, and her sister’s affair with her husband. New technologies accelerate American life, but justice lags behind. Private detectives, battling socialists and unions on behalf of wealthy capitalists, will do whatever it takes to see Haywood hanged. The scene is set for bloodshed, from Denver to Boise to San Francisco. America’s most famous attorney, Clarence Darrow, leads the defense—a philandering U.S. senator leads the prosecution—while the press, gunhands, and spies pour in. Among them are two idealists, Jack Garrett and Carla Capone—he a spy for the prosecution, she for the defense. Risking all, they discover truths about their employers, about themselves and each other, and what they’ll sacrifice for justice and honor—and for love.


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David Marlett is an award-winning storyteller and writer of historical fiction, primarily historical legal thrillers bringing alive the fascinating people and events leading to major historical trials. His first such novel, Fortunate Son, became a critically acclaimed, national bestseller in 2014. The late Vincent Bugliosi (#1 New York Times best-selling author of Helter Skelter) called David “a masterful writer of historical fact and detail, of adventure and peril and courtroom drama.”

Next out will be American Red (available July 4th), which follows the extraordinary true story of a set of radical lovers, lawyers, killers, and spies who launched the Great American Century. He is currently writing his third historical legal thriller, Elysian’s End based on the true story at the 1910 intersection of the birth of movies in Los Angeles with the murderous bombing of the Los Angeles Times.

David is a “recovering” attorney, was the managing editor of OMNI Magazine, and is a professor of new media storytelling. He is a graduate of The University of Texas School of Law, the father of four, and lives in Manhattan Beach, California. For more, visit

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