A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion

A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Based on a real case whose lurid details scandalized Americans in 1927 and sold millions of newspapers, acclaimed novelist Ron Hansen’s latest work is a tour de force of erotic tension and looming violence. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Ruth Snyder is a voluptuous, reckless, and altogether irresistible woman who wishes not only to escape her husband but that he die—and the sooner the better. No less miserable in his own tedious marriage is Judd Gray, a dapper corset-and-brassiere salesman who travels the Northeast peddling his wares. He meets Ruth in a Manhattan diner, and soon they are conducting a white-hot affair involving hotel rooms, secret letters, clandestine travels, and above all, Ruth’s increasing insistence that Judd kill her husband. Could he do it? Would he?
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2011
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
Description: 256 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781451617559
1451617550
Branch Call Number: Hans

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StephenB
Sep 26, 2012

Concentrates on the pathetic depravity of the characters and on historical period detail. Interesting on both counts imo.

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John_M
Jan 08, 2012

a somewhat predictable story of two incompetent and dysfunctional people. Supposedly true, and discouraging if the author did not take some liberty with the facts. However, I did finish it so that must say something

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