4.9 stars – 8 Reviews
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Here’s the set-up:
Why does a woman admit to a dismemberment murder so horrible the body can’t be identified as a man or a woman? Because it’s better than what she really did.
It was the crime of the decade in 1932. Grotesque. And it really happened, although not quite this way.
The dismembered, decomposing body is found stuffed in a steamer trunk. Pearl Tild confesses to it because it is a distraction. If everyone thinks about death, no one will ask about love… who she loves, and why.
This murder is a love story, or the end of one. The eternal triangle goes terribly wrong because these three people really love each other. But their love is too much. It ‘s what drives Pearl, her controlling husband, and the “other woman” to fight for their lives. They fight to the death for what they can’t live without…each other.
“…a fascinating study of human behavior wraps around a cleverly written murder mystery where the identity of both victim and murderer are held in secret until the last possible moment. Degnore subtly peels back narrative layers to bring Pearl’s deepest fears and desires to the surface. A thoughtful, engrossing story of a young woman desperately fighting to find her own voice even as family, friends and society try to keep her silent.” – Kirkus Reviews
“I read this book expecting a standard factual whodunit about a case I’d heard about. I was wrong. This book reminds me of all the classic male noir writers I used to devour, crime and existential crisis intertwined, but this time from a woman’s POV, written by a woman. The chapters were suspenseful and moved quickly, each one a different character’s narrative, but it was the poetic internal monologues of Pearl and Clare that I really responded to. To call this book a basic crime story is wrong. It’s pulp noir in the best tradition. Kudos to Ms. Degnore for fleshing out details on such a long ago crime. Highly recommend.” – Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
“Roberta Degnore wrote an elegant and captive story, I read it with great pleasure. The way she takes you back to the thirties of the past century in thought and details is very well done. And all written in a sparkling style. Do read this book!” – Amazon Reviewer, 5 Stars
About The Author
Roberta Degnore is the author of twelve published novels (all with pseudonyms and about to be re-issued under her name). She is also an award winning screenwriter (Jack Nicholson prize), filmmaker (F*STOP) and psychologist. She has always appreciated the wonders of a public education and haunts various universities, both teaching and learning, for any excuse at all.
She holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA, as well as three other Master’s degrees in subfields of psychology. Always impressed with the idea of being a Renaissance person there’s little she hasn’t tried, tasted and ultimately turned away from in boredom. Lucky accident of time, she has sought out pursuits that would have been deemed worthy of burning at the stake before instead of being simple quests for fun.
Always moving in broad arcs instead of straight lines, she travels widely and learns whatever she can wherever she is from whoever happens to be there. Africa, Eastern Europe, and travels especially to Rome, Florence, Milan (for opera at LaScala) and Amsterdam are her latest targets for chasing more of everything. Unfortunately, she has gone beyond Blondie’s suggestion to die young and stay pretty.
Ms. Degnore is based in New York City but returns frequently to Los Angeles.
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