"A stellar example of historical investigation at its probing best."—Chuck Leddy, Boston Globe
It'll be stacked in the science shelves, but The Telephone Gambit might be an early contender for best thriller of the year. Seth Shulman's unlikely whodunit poses a question most of us think we already know the answer to: Who invented the telephone?
The patent for the telephone is said to be the most lucrative ever awarded. In addition to wealth, it guaranteed immortality to the man to whom it was issued, Alexander Graham Bell, a historical icon whose first successful transmission of speech over a wire -- "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you" -- is the stuff of legend, familiar to schoolchildren across the land.