By Ron Hansen

From the acclaimed writer of Atticus and Mariette in Ecstasy comes a classy novel set within the hard-drinking, fast-living ny urban of the Jazz Age that follows fanatics in a torrid affair on an arc of homicide and sexual self-destruction.

Based on a true case whose lurid information scandalized american citizens in 1927 and offered thousands of newspapers, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen’s newest paintings is a travel de strength of erotic pressure and looming violence. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ruth Snyder is a voluptuous, reckless, and altogether impossible to resist girl 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 new york diner, and shortly they're undertaking a white-hot affair related to lodge rooms, mystery letters, clandestine travels, and principally, Ruth’s expanding insistence that Judd kill her husband. may well he do it? may he? What follows is an exhilarating exposition of a homicide plan, a police research, the lovers’ try to 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 developed, this impossible-to-put-down tale marks the go back of an American grasp identified for his dependent and bright novels that minimize cleanly to the essence of the human middle, regularly and straight away mysterious and jam-packed with wish.

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