Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder

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9780942637953: Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder

Recounts the story behind the trial of a schizophrenic one-time call girl for the murder of her abusive, sex-crazed, sexagenarian husband in a exclusive country club near Palm Springs

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Aram Saroyan, the poet, novelist and author of the non-fiction bestsellers Trio and Last Rites gives us his deepest and most compelling book yet. He currently resides in Southern California.

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Knife-edged retelling of a killing in California's ritzy residential country club Rancho Mirage, in which the sadistic victim heedlessly orchestrates his own murder by way of his mentally troubled wife. Saroyan (Friends in the World, 1992, etc.) writes more coolly here than ever before and few will deny his objectivity, although he clearly deplores the court's final verdict of first-degree murder, with no insanity plea influencing the wife's sentence of 25-years-to-life. Beautiful ninth-grade dropout Andrea Claire, a lifelong victim of males and addicted to serving them, leaped from high-priced call girl to wife of elderly Bob Sand, a millionaire bound to a wheelchair by multiple sclerosis but gripped by a boundlessly kinky sex drive. This was her fifth disastrous marriage, his second, and at the time of his death she was 39, he 69. She married, she said, not for money but companionship. But jealous Bob curtailed her social life, kept her running about the house nude, enjoyed making up rape fantasies and having Andrea act them out while he masturbated or took endless Polaroids of her bareness. Andrea liked this sex play with her fun-loving, well- read, intellectual husband (as she saw him) and had no qualms when he showed his photo collection to visitors. But she began reacting badly to his ever more intense spanking-and-rape fantasies, which echoed a real rape endured in her teens: Her none-too-stable mind at last burst as he drew for her a terrible scene, causing her to go into a blackout and stab him 26 times. The prosecutor bent himself fiercely to proving her sane, and won, but the reader groans. Told through a film of ice--but may Saroyan's success here not trap him exclusively in the true-crime genre. (Photographs--not seen) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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