Thorndike Press

Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster

  • Stephen L. Carter
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  • ISBN-10: 1432861468
  • ISBN-13: 9781432861469
  • DDC: B
  • Shipping Weight: 1.90 lbs ( .86 kgs)
  • 728 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2019

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A National Bestselling Author
A Hurston/Wright Legacy Award Nominee

She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s — and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected twenty lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male.

Eunice Hunton Carter, Stephen Carter’s grandmother, was raised in a world of stultifying expectations about race and gender, yet by the 1940s, her professional and political successes had made her one of the most famous black women in America. But her triumphs were shadowed by prejudice and tragedy. Greatly complicating her rise was her difficult relationship with her younger brother, Alphaeus, an avowed Communist who — together with his friend Dashiell Hammett — would go to prison during the McCarthy era. Yet she remained unbowed.

Reviews

Customer Reviews

“With artful storytelling and a narrative-like delivery, Carter tells Eunice’s story in the best way possible, offering a compelling, unputdownable read with as much value in social history as legal appeal. Not to be missed.”

— Library Journal (starred)

“Carter’s enthusiasm for his grandmother’s incredible fortitude despite numerous setbacks is contagious; Eunice Carter’s story is another hidden gem of African-American history.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“A vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.”

— Kirkus Reviews