Evidence

Luc Sante, Author
Luc Sante, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $40 (99p) ISBN 978-0-374-15050-1
Reviewed on: 11/02/1992
Release date: 11/01/1992
Paperback - 99 pages - 978-0-374-52365-7
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This slim volume contains a haunting collection of 55 black-and-white crime scene photographs made primarily between 1914 and 1918 by New York City police detectives investigating murders and suicides. Sante discovered this archive while researching Low Life, his history of the seamy side of old New York; he notes that these pictures survived when they were overlooked by workers who cleared out the former Police Headquarters in the mid-1980s by dumping most of the records into the East River. While Sante diligently attempts to resurrect the stories behind these images, readers learn less about what happened than about where it happened: about the bedrooms, hallways, railroad tracks, subway stations, cellars and barrooms of New York City 75 years ago. (Nov.)
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