The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore tells the story of electric light and a battle waged over it. The two opponents Thomas Edison against George Westinghouse who have a legal battle over who invented the light bulb.
The lawyer at Westinghouse’s side is Paul Cravath, a fresh graduate of Columbia Law School. The case immediately lets him see behind the curtain of high society and the rich who grasp it. Some of it is dazzling and other parts show an ugliness and ruthlessness that Cravath hates.
However, despite what he sees the young lawyer wants to win the case. This pursuit becomes an obsession and one person in particular Cravath believes will win the case in Westinghouse’s favor: Nikola Tesla.
The first book by Graham Moore I read was Sherlokian and it has fast paced action tied with a thrilling mystery. In his second book, Last Days of Night, the pace is slower and the action not so intense. That is not to say there is no action, there is plenty it just didn’t have the same impact.
Also, I felt the book dragged a bit. I felt Cravath first trying to persuade Tesla to help and then working to keep him alive could have played out in less chapters. Overall, the book is good but I think Sherlokian is better.