One hundred and thirty years ago, Eadweard Muybridge invented stop-motion photography. He was the first to capture time and play it back for an audience. Yet artist and inventor Muybridge was also a murderer and his trial was one of the earliest instances of a media sensation. His partner was railroad tycoon Leland Stanford. Between them, the murderer and the railroad mogul launched the age of visual media. Set in California during the frontier decades, The Inventor and The Tycoon by Edward Ball interweaves Muybridge's quest to unlock the secrets of motion through photography, an obsessive murder plot, and a peculiar partnership to create a riveting story of passion, wealth, and sinister ingenuity.