Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold
Gold’s debut novel opens with real-life magician Charles Carter executing a particularly grisly trick, using President Warren G. Harding as a volunteer. Shortly afterwards, Harding dies mysteriously in his San Francisco hotel room, and Carter is forced to flee the country. Or does he? It’s only the first of many misdirections in a magical performance by Gold. In the course of subsequent pages, Carter finds himself pursued by the most hapless of FBI agents; falls in love with a beautiful, outspoken blind woman; and confronts an old nemesis bent on destroying him. Throw in countless stunning (and historically accurate) illusions, some beautifully rendered period detail, and historical figures like young inventor Philo T. Farnsworth and self-made millionaire Francis “Borax” Smith, and you have old-fashioned entertainment executed with a decidedly modern sensibility. (via Goodreads)
The book is set in the early 20th century. These songs are not from that time period. I’m apparently from the Baz Luhrmann school of scoring. Also, I’ve been writing a book involving magicians of this time period. Concepts are munging together in my head. In a good way.
Abney Park, “Until the Day You Die”: Might be the perfect song for this book. The lyrics fit and Abney Park indulges in some mashed-up 20s electro jazz.
Ramona Falls, “I Say Fever”: Just seems to fit. And a evocative video.
Michael Penn, “No Myth”: Again a song that just seems to fit. About secrets and knots and identities.
Suzanne Vega, “No Cheap Thrill”: Card games! There is a very important card game trick in which…Carter beats the Devil.
Good Co, “Zebra Donkey”: More electro swing. Plus a donkey.
Cake, “Love You Madly”: Ending with another perfect song. This one pretty much epitomizes the romantic plot. (I wanted to use official videos when I could. This one has…cooking. *shrug*)