THE COUNT AND THE CONFESSION

Taylor, John

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Synopsis: Do you believe that the gentlest and
most courteous person you know
is capable of murder?
The count in John Taylor’s beguiling true story is Roger de la Burde, a wealthy scientist and art collector, who wore ascots, claimed he was a Polish nobleman, bowed to women—and then routinely propositioned them. In 1992, Burde was found dead on his Virginia estate, with a single bullet wound in his forehead. The Count and the Confession explores the layers of mystery surrounding this strange man’s death. Did he, as the local deputies at first assumed, commit suicide? Or had he, as a state police investigator later decided, been killed? And if so, by whom? The longtime girlfriend? The pregnant mistress? A cuckolded husband? A disgruntled business associate?
At the center of this mystery is Beverly Monroe, who becomes the lead suspect in Burde’s death. Monroe is an improbable murderer. Burde’s companion for twelve years—he called her “Mouse”—she is an unfailingly genteel Southern lady, affluent, highly educated, and a mother of three children—and prior to her indictment, she had never even received a parking ticket. But Monroe did have an apparent motive. She was also the last person to see Burde alive. And in a controversial interview with an ingeniously manipulative state police investigator, she changed her initial story and said that she had been present when Burde killed himself.
Critically acclaimed author John Taylor’s recon-struction of this riveting case is narrative nonfiction at its best. Meticulously reported, artfully written, rich in psychological complexity, Gothic detail, and dramatic suspense, The Count and the Confession will make you marvel at the peculiarities of human motivation and force you to grapple with an array of irresistible questions, the most dramatic being Did she or didn’t she?

From the Back Cover: Praise for John Taylor

Falling

“Elegantly literary . . . His writing, lucid and lovely,
creates a sense of intimacy with the reader.”
—Time

“Remarkable . . . haunting . . . Within a chapter,
he had me gripped.” —London Times

“In lucid, unadorned prose, Taylor explores a
terrain that heretofore has been left mainly to our contemporary fiction writers.” —Vogue

“What makes his memoir stand out is the novelistic quality of his writing and the quiet, relentless way ordinary details add up to
a serious moral struggle.” —Chicago Tribune
Circus of Ambition

“An exuberant anthropological adventure through the decade.”
—Business Week
Storming the Magic Kingdom

“A complex tale of financial intrigue made as
pungent as a fairy tale in its author’s able hands.”
—The New York Times

“Astonishing . . . a Hieronymus Bosch painting in
words and sentences about the lowest of modern manipulators.”
—The Wall Street Journal

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Title: THE COUNT AND THE CONFESSION
Publisher: Random House
Publication Date: 2002
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Near Fine.
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