A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion: A Novel by Ron Hansen

By Ron Hansen

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

Based on a true case whose lurid information scandalized americans in 1927 and offered hundreds of thousands of newspapers, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen’s most modern paintings is a travel de strength of erotic rigidity and looming violence. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ruth Snyder is a voluptuous, reckless, and altogether impossible to resist lady 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 long island diner, and shortly they're engaging in a white-hot affair concerning inn rooms, mystery letters, clandestine travels, and notably, Ruth’s expanding insistence that Judd kill her husband. may perhaps he do it? could 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 based and bright novels that minimize cleanly to the essence of the human middle, constantly and straight away mysterious and choked with wish.

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How am I still here then? I couldn’t swim when I was five. ” His voiced droned as if in a trance, just another story told to a stranger at closing time. “God, I liked her. She was this tasty blonde-haired doll. Teeny, high voice. Swear if you stuck a finger in her, she’d squeak. Family had a cottage up the road. We were in her room, her parents out somewhere. I had my hand up her shirt. She was one of those pristine Catholic girls, so it was a big deal just getting to second base. ” He sighed with fond remembrance.

I don’t like being plugged in to someone’s beck and call. I didn’t own a computer. Rarely used the Internet for anything. Didn’t even have an email address. At least not one I ever checked. I didn’t have time to sit on my ass playing video games or ogling pictures of naked women. I was too busy busting my ass to keep my head above water. LAMENTATION 33 I could picture this business of his. A gang of pasty dope fiends gacking over circuit boards and Legend of Zelda, or whatever nerds played these days.

I kept a stash of candy in my glove compartment. His mother wouldn’t approve, but she wasn’t around, was she? And I wasn’t one of those fathers who bought into all that new-age parenting bullshit. No sugar. No TV. A forced regimen from the crib through college. My parents didn’t do that with us, and we turned out all right. Well, at least one of us did. The snow that had fallen was the wet, heavy kind—perfect for snowballs and stacking—and several snowmen, in various states of construction, dotted the knoll.

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