Deliberate Cruelty by Roseanne Montillo audiobook

Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century

By Roseanne Montillo
Read by Mia Barron

Simon & Schuster Audio 9781982153731

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781797147994

  • ISBN: 9781797147987

Runtime: 8.37 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A CrimeReads Pick of Most Anticipated Books of Fall

This scintillating and glittery look at the darkly intertwined fates of infamous socialite Ann Woodward and literary icon Truman Capote sweeps us to the upper echelons of Manhattan’s high society—where even the richest cannot escape murder and infamy.

When Ann Woodward shot her husband, banking heir Billy Woodward, in the middle of the night in 1955, her life changed forever. Though she claimed she thought he was a prowler, few believed the woman who had risen from charismatic showgirl to popular socialite. Everyone had something to say about the scorching scandal afflicting one of the most rich and famous families of New York City, but no one was more obsessed with the tale than Truman Capote.

Acclaimed for his bestselling nonfiction book In Cold Blood, Capote was looking for new material and followed the scandal from beginning to end. Like Ann, he too had ascended from nobody to toast of the town, but he always felt like an outsider, even among the exclusive coterie of high society women who adored him. He decided the story of Ann’s turbulent marriage would be the basis of his masterpiece—a novel about the dysfunction and sordid secrets revealed to him by his high society “swans”—never thinking that it would eventually lead to Ann’s suicide and his own scandalous downfall.

Page-turning and deliciously fascinating, Deliberate Cruelty is a haunting cross between true crime and literary history that is perfect for fans of Furious Hours, Empty Mansions, and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A hard-hitting true crime story and an interesting piece of cultural history, bringing out new facets of some well-known personalities to create a shocking story.” CrimeReads
“Montillo’s deeply researched exposé of the untimely downfall of glittering icons haunted by fundamental insecurities and entrenched demons is a dishy true-crime, literary critique mash-up.” Booklist
“This engaging, well-researched book will appeal to true-crime aficionados, Capote fans, and anyone interested in a darkly intriguing story well told.” Kirkus Reviews
“Montillo tells the story supremely well, with a cool relentlessness reminiscent of Zola.” Laura Thompson, author of The Heiresses
“In crafting the side-by-side tales of two arriviste strivers born of humble roots, Roseanne Montillo has given us a thrilling, tragic, Gatsby-esque saga. A wild romp of a story, boldly and beautifully told.” Neal Thompson, author of The First Kennedys
“The tragic collision of two lives—Truman Capote and socialite-murderess Ann Woodward—makes for riveting reading in Roseanne Montillo’s memorable account of two social-climbing strivers and the lives they touched.”  Meryl Gordon, author of Mrs. Astor Regrets   

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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
Category: Nonfiction/True Crime
Runtime: 8.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English