By Ron Hansen
From the acclaimed writer of Atticus and Mariette in Ecstasy comes a classy novel set within the hard-drinking, fast-living long island urban of the Jazz Age that follows enthusiasts in a torrid affair on an arc of homicide and sexual self-destruction.
Based on a true case whose lurid info scandalized american citizens in 1927 and offered thousands of newspapers, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen’s most recent paintings is a journey de strength of erotic pressure 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 big apple diner, and shortly they're undertaking a white-hot affair related to lodge rooms, mystery letters, clandestine travels, and certainly, Ruth’s expanding insistence that Judd kill her husband. may possibly he do it? may he? What follows is an exciting exposition of a homicide plan, a police research, the lovers’ try to break out 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 developed, this impossible-to-put-down tale marks the go back of an American grasp identified for his stylish and vibrant novels that reduce cleanly to the essence of the human center, consistently and right now mysterious and full of hope.
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Looking up she saw Gareth shaking his head angrily, and his left hand suddenly disarranged his perfectly tied cravat. "But you must eat, sweetheart ... You must keep up your strength ... And if you are good this morning, Mr. De Lakes will help you also with other things .... See what a kind and friendly man he is! He understands our problem, dear, also ... He has not been immune either ... " )) At that moment Sidney's spine froze for the youth let out a cry like that of a wild animal which feels a bullet graze its skull.
They left the room together. The perfume of the peonies had vanished, and all around them one could inhale now a kind of strong leather odor, as though the reins and the bridle and the saddle depicted in the film had been brought into the room and set down somewhere. Outside too one heard dogs barking vociferously. "He's a bit under the weather today, so that I thought we would not ask you to go upstairs, Sidney ... " He spoke to his own surprise in a kind of rude, loud, almost angry tone. "I didn't quite feel you should have to do what has to be done today.
You see he does need someone to unburden to ... And you are the one naturally he must go to . . Of course . " "But I feel, you see," he made a last attempt now to get her to understand his point and the meaning of his call, "that if he goes on working here, though he is happy, you say, in his post, it will only add to his feeling of ... " " ... " Mrs. Vaisey immediately poured him a cup of coffee on saying this and handed it to him. "To tell the truth, Mrs. " He was close to tears. "I don't suppose for a minute that Sidney thinks he will be in what you call his 'post' forever," Mrs.
A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion: A Novel by Ron Hansen