The Wilderness of Ruin by Roseanne Montillo audiobook

The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America's Youngest Serial Killer

By Roseanne Montillo
Read by Emily Woo Zeller

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200017324

  • ISBN: 9798200017317

  • ISBN: 9798200017331

Runtime: 8.97 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/History
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In the early 1870s, local children begin disappearing from the working-class neighborhoods of Boston. Several return home bloody and bruised after being tortured, while others never come back. With the city on edge, authorities believe the abductions are the handiwork of a psychopath, until they discover that their killer—fourteen-year-old Jesse Pomeroy—is barely older than his victims. The criminal investigation that follows sparks a debate among the world's most revered medical minds and will have a decades-long impact on the judicial system and medical consciousness. The Wilderness of Ruin is a riveting tale of gruesome murder and depravity. At its heart is a great American city divided by class—a chasm that widens in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1872. Roseanne Montillo brings Gilded Age Boston to glorious life—from the genteel cobblestone streets of Beacon Hill to the squalid, overcrowded tenements of Southie.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A chillingly drawn, expertly researched slice of grim Boston history. Kirkus
“With a flair for animating historical detail and an inner compass that orients toward the darker corners of life, Roseanne Montillo seats us close enough to an inferno to singe our eyelashes…The Wilderness of Ruin is improper Boston at its most vivid.” Vicki Croke, New York Times bestseller author
“A captivating tale of depravity in the Athens of America…masterfully conjures a lost Boston.” Mitchell Zuckoff, New York Times bestseller author
“A riveting true-crime tale that rivals anything writers in the twenty-first century could concoct…A masterly storyteller, Montillo skillfully evokes the poor and patrician neighborhoods that served as a backdrop for the crimes.” Publishers Weekly
“Montillo tells her story, with all the grisly details, in this fascinating book…[with] an effective picture of the metropolis and its influential citizens and institutions in the decades following the Civil War.” Library Journal
“Narrator Emily Woo Zeller employs a well-measured pace. Her tone is informative yet, when appropriate, full of the foreboding that spread through Boston during the period of the brutal and shocking murders.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Roseanne Montillo

Author Bio: Roseanne Montillo

Roseanne Montillo is an accomplished author of six nonfiction books, including Fire on the Track, named a best book of the year by the Boston Globe. She received her MFA degree from Emerson College and her BFA from Emerson College. She has taught for Lesley University and the Tufts Extension School, as well as in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 8.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English