Sunday, November 20, 2011

Houdini in The Inquisitor's Apprentice

Houdini is featured in new young adult novel, The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (the pen name for Jessica Lasser). The illustrated book is the first in a series of adventures starring 13-year-old Sacha Kessler and the NYPD in an alternate universe New York. While the book is primarily about Sacha and Thomas Edison, Houdini plays a role in the story, and may even feature in future books, according to the author who says:

"Harry Houdini is just about my favorite historic character in the whole book. I have long been fascinated by Houdini, an intensely private man who somehow managed to be a buttoned-down and scholarly rabbi’s son in his private life while doing more than anyone in his day to create the modern American cult of celebrity. There are many, many great books about Houdini, including Brian Selznick’s wonderful illustrated book, The Houdini Box, so I won’t try to tell his life story here. But I will say this: When I first started writing the NYPD Inquisitor books, I only planned to have Houdini appear in book one. But to be honest, I’ve enjoyed writing about him so much that I’m having a hard time saying good bye to him. So no promises, but I think he might be back sometime."

The Inquisitor's Apprentice was released on Oct 4 and is available in hardcover from Amazon. Signed copies can be purchased via the official Inquisitor's Apprentice website.

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