By Ron Hansen
From the acclaimed writer of Atticus and Mariette in Ecstasy comes a classy novel set within the hard-drinking, fast-living manhattan urban of the Jazz Age that follows fans in a torrid affair on an arc of homicide and sexual self-destruction.
Based on a true case whose lurid info scandalized americans in 1927 and bought hundreds of thousands of newspapers, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen’s most recent paintings is a journey de strength of erotic rigidity and looming violence. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ruth Snyder is a voluptuous, reckless, and altogether impossible to resist lady who needs not just to flee her husband yet that he die—and the earlier the higher. No much less depressing in his personal tedious marriage is Judd grey, a dapper corset-and-brassiere salesman who travels the Northeast peddling his wares. He meets Ruth in a long island diner, and shortly they're undertaking a white-hot affair regarding inn rooms, mystery letters, clandestine travels, and chiefly, Ruth’s expanding insistence that Judd kill her husband. may possibly he do it? Would he? What follows is an exhilarating exposition of a homicide plan, a police research, the fanatics’ try and get away prosecution, and a last reckoning for either one of them that lays naked the horror and sorrow of what they've got performed. Dazzlingly well-written and artfully built, this impossible-to-put-down tale marks the go back of an American grasp identified for his based and vibrant novels that lower cleanly to the essence of the human center, regularly and straight away mysterious and choked with wish.