The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress

10 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Books on Tape. 2014. ISBN 9780804148887. $45; digital download. F
Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, Lawhon (Eye of God) hauntingly reimagines the disappearance of New York State Supreme Court associate justice Joseph Force Crater. Plagued by rumors of Tammany Hall corruption, Crater stepped into a cab one steamy August night in 1930 and vanished. Three women in his life—cool, Chanel-clad Stella, his wife; leggy showgirl Ritzi, his mistress; and humble, part-time tailor Maria, his maid—posit possible outcomes. They all have secrets and a credible reason for revenge. The three voices are skillfully brought to life by Ann Marie Lee.
VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy historical mysteries with a noir touch, though the author could have made more of the zeitgeist. End-of-book resources including the author's note were not recorded.
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