Books by Paul Collins
NPR stories about Paul Collins
When a body washed up on the shores of New York's East River in 1897, the race to solve the murder sparked one of the country's first great newspaper wars. Weekend Edition's literary detective Paul Collins tracks that war's progress in his new book, The Murder of the Century.
Sometimes authors' best works are their first. The tale of an imaginary universe where elevators are really important and the story of the first giraffe in Europe are among librarian Nancy Pearl's selections of must-read literary debuts.
Literary sleuth Paul Collins reveals obscure credits in authors' closets, including a guide to the Space Invaders arcade game written by Martin Amis and a children's book by Graham Greene.
In 1893, the mayor of Chicago was shot and killed in his home. That murder inspired a local priest, Brother Casimir Zeglen, to invent an early bulletproof vest. Historian Paul Collins rediscovered the forgotten inventor and tells Scott Simon the details.