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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress - Ariel Lawhon
The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
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A tantalizing reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930—Justice Joseph Crater's infamous disappearance—as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best. They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the... show more
A tantalizing reimagining of a scandalous mystery that rocked the nation in 1930—Justice Joseph Crater's infamous disappearance—as seen through the eyes of the three women who knew him best. They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden. On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he? After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks—one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale—of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on. With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until a twist in the very last pages.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385537629 (038553762X)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 304
Edition language: English
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Hooked on Books
Hooked on Books rated it
4.0 ...Three's a crowd
This was before my time but evidently the disappearance of U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Judge Joseph Crater in the 1930's was a huge story in its hey day. This book reconstructs that famous mystery through the eyes of his wife, Stella Crater, their maid, Maria Simon and his alleged mistress, Sally Lo...
Adriana Reads
Adriana Reads rated it
4.0 The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
I had never heard of the Judge Crater case before I won this book on GoodReads. This story is a fictionalized account of how events might have occurred. Given how the story ended, it is highly unlikely that the real events are anything remotely similar to the novel. I like that in the notes at th...
Thewanderingjew
Thewanderingjew rated it
4.0 An exciting take on a real life mystery!
In this novel, based on a true story, the author tries to explain how the New York State Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Crater, suddenly went missing. He does a marvelous job of creating suspense with a largely realistic narrative that feels like it just might be plausible. Not all of the characters ...
The Book Junkie
The Book Junkie rated it
5.0 The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
I have to admit, I was initially unsure of this book. I went into it knowing nothing about Joseph Crater, or really even much about this time period. I have to say however, that once I started the story I had a hard time putting it down.First off, all three women in the story were interesting. The...
That's What She Read
That's What She Read rated it
0.0 The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress
Each of the three women is remarkable in her own right, but it is Stella who shines the brightest. Her ice-blue eyes mirror her stoicism in the face of scandal. More importantly, her refusal to accept the blame for his disappearance is more than just a need to keep up appearances or to protect her h...
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