Social Crimes

HITCHCOCK, Jane Stanton

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ISBN 10: 0786868155 / ISBN 13: 9780786868155
Published by Talk Miramax Books, (New York), 2001
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Title: Social Crimes

Publisher: Talk Miramax Books, (New York)

Publication Date: 2001

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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A tale of revenge set in the privileged world of New York Society, where dark secrets lurk beneath the glitter.Jo Slater, one of the grandest of New Yorks grande dames, is knocked off her pedestal when her husband of twenty years dies under strange circumstances and leaves his fortune to a mysterious French countess. As Jo sets about putting together a new life for herself, she gradually uncovers the truth about her husband and the younger woman and discovers that the countess not only wants her money, but her life. Dethroned and dispossessed in the world where she once reigned, she must resort to desperate measures. Using her vast knowledge of the eighteenth century, she concocts an ingenious scheme for revenge based on the greatest historical swindle of all time, a true story involving Marie Antoinette. Jo plots to recoup her entire fortune and reclaim her throne, but she must commit homicide in order to do so. A novel that combines history with mystery, manners with murder, Social Crimes is Patricia Highsmith meets Edith Wharton on a gorgeous day at the beach.

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When Jo Slater, one of the grandest of New York's grandes dames and great patron of the arts, befriends a young French countess against the warnings of her friends, she's asking for trouble. But by the time Jo discovers the truth about the mysterious newcomer, it's already too late. Abruptly dethroned and dispossessed—knocked from her pedestal by the treacherous young woman she took under her wing—Jo finds herself an outcast in the privileged world she once ruled.

But she's not about to surrender her throne and her fortune so easily. Reaching back into the eighteenth century, Jo concocts an elegant and ingenious scheme involving Marie Antoinette and the greatest historical swindle of all time. In order for her plan to work, however, Jo must resort to the most desperate of all measures: murder.

A compulsively readable novel that scales the heights and plumbs the depths of the New York social scene, Social Crimes also tells a riveting tale of mystery and manners, obsession and revenge.

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