Welcome to The Burning of The Piping Rock! This “film noir in a book” is based upon the real unsolved 1954 arson of Piping Rock Casino in Saratoga Springs New York. Piping Rock Casino was owned by Mafia members Joe Adonis, Frank Costello, and Myer Lansky, who fronted for the social elite of Manhattan and North Shore Long Island’s famed “Gold Coast,” where the name Piping Rock originates.
The Burning of The Piping Rock is a historical mystery novel, “transcribed” from a confession taped by the dying George A. King, a small town pharmacist with a secret too big for the grave. King tells of the night of August 16, 1954, when he is blackmailed into driving an arsonist known only as Harry the Torch to burn to Piping Rock Casino. King puts you behind the wheel of the arsonist’s `51 Studebaker as the two drive into a web of blackmail, deception and death spun by the mob, Saratoga’s political machine and America’s “social elite.”
The Burning of The Piping Rock is Saratoga fact and fiction that is more than a trip to the races. Start your adventure on the Chapter Excerpts page and browse the All Posts page for more personal insights about the novel.