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Never Enough

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  1,021 Ratings  ·  149 Reviews
The author of the true crime classic Fatal Vision returns with a double-barreled homicide narrative. In 2003, investment banker Robert Kissel was murdered in his luxurious Hong Kong digs by his wife, Nancy, who drugged him with a beverage before bludgeoning him to death. The Milkshake Murder, as it became known, attracted international media attention; Nancy denied any mem ...more
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Apr 20, 2008 Kirsti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kirsti by: Patricia
You've heard of a perfect murder, right? This was a not remotely perfect murder. I can't even count how many mistakes the murderer made.

I wondered why a multimillionaire investment banker would marry a sociopath. Then I read more about his family. Apparently sociopathic behavior was fairly common among his relatives, as was cocaine addiction, alcoholism, manipulation, lawsuits, threats, and tantrums. This is quite entertaining, from a safe distance, and so the family's traumas ended up being re
Jan 25, 2008 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost the title of this book is “Never Enough”, not “Greed Kills”. With that out of the way, the story Joe McGuiness paints of Robert and Nancy Kissel is a fascinating and sad tale. The plot of the story may be well known to many true-crime buffs… the murder of Robert Kissel, a wealthy investment banker stationed in Hong Kong. McGuiness style is what I like to call the “Dragnet” approach, “Just the facts.” But because the characters themselves are so interesting style gives way to s ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 10, 2015 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I love this author's books. He always does a really good job although for me nothing will beat Fatal Vision, which remains one of my most favourite books, ever. The research/story behind this one wasn't up to that one's standard, though. I wonder with 2 brothers being killed why he picked one over the other and didn't tell both stories in the same detail. I preferred Rob of the pair of them until the stuff at Nancy's trial came out and that put me off him a great deal. I'd thought of the Kissel ...more
Read as an ePub. Rounded up to 3 stars; this isn't nearly as good a story as Fatal Vision or Cruel Doubt.

While this may have had a huge amount of publicity, as presented in this book, the case against Nancy Kissell seemed pretty straightforward: her husband was drugged unconscious and she beat his head in. Then rolled him in carpets and plastic and sent his body to the apartment complex storage room. Seriously wacked woman.
Nov 29, 2008 Maryka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: true-crime
At first, I felt like this book was slower, less compelling, than the other books I've read by Joe McGinniss.
And the type is double-spaced, which made me feel I was somehow missing half the story. Turned out to be really easy on the eyes, tho.

It's a complicated story. Two multi-millionaire brothers: good boy Rob, who made his millions the old-fashioned way, and bad boy Andrew, who used embezzlement and real-estate fraud to get to the top. A
narcissistic wife, wealthy expatriate life in Hong Kong
Mar 17, 2013 Dina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to read a lot of true crime books. Ann Rule being one of my fave authors in that genre. But I haven't read one in a long time. Never Enough was recommenced to me, and I'm sorry I left it lingering on my kindle for so long. I LOVED it. It took a few chapters to get rolling and cover background info, but once I was invested in the story of Rob & Nancy Kissel, I was hooked.

I didn't know anything about this crime or these people prior to reading their story, and I would urge you not to Go
Melissa Andrews
Well "liked it" is not necessarily an accurate statement, but I couldn't give it two stars. It's not the author's fault that the characters in the book (real life people) were all dysfunctional - he was just telling it like he saw it.

This is the recounting of a true crime that took place in Hong Kong earlier this decade. A multi-millionaire investment banker is hacked to death by his wife who claimed she killed him after enduring years of sexual and emotional abuse. But that's not the only murde
Jan 31, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Crime Fans
This true crime story is a quick, engrossing read. Nancy Kissel is the wife of a super-successful Merill Lynch investment banker stationed in Hong Kong. Their extravagant expatriate lifestyle is detailed along with the unraveling of their marriage, which ends in a murder. A cautionary tale about how money doesn't buy happiness, this book tells about the unhappy wife's unfulfilling life filled with nothing but shopping. The family of Rob Kissel, the husband, gives new meaning to the word dysfunct ...more
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Nov 15, 2014 Joanne Annabannabobanna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Absolutely No One.
Joe joe joe. Did you need money Joe? Seems the calibre of McGinniss' writing has gone steadily downhill with every true-crime since the unparalleled Fatal Vision.
This latest was a huge disappointment. Unlike the riveting FV, I kept waiting to become engaged with the story but all I got was a distorted view (why Joe? Were you a personal friend of Rob's?) of a psychotic, bleach-blonde Jewish princess who just spent spent spent all of her poor, hard working husbands income. Hubby apparently never
Apr 23, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 05, 2008 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This isn't anywhere near one of the best books I've read recently but it was a compelling true life story. After the first few chapters I thought I would get bored with the story however I kept reading and after a few more chapters I was sucked into the sensational soap opera that was the Kissel's lives. It was interesting look into the wealthy investment banker lifestyle although at times I felt like I was indulging myself in a tabloid like publication.
Angela Kolter
I enjoyed Hong Kong as a character featured heavily in the influence of expat culture on the mechanisms of this highly dysfunctional marriage. Living in Macau, I can attest to the paraded facade of wealth that permeates the Hong Kong expat lifestyle and the myriad ways ones loses oneself in the mire of a hostile foreign culture. A fast read and guilty summer pleasure, I recommend it for an expat interested in true crime. It's a tiny niche but a comfortable one. I only wish the last fifth had bee ...more
Aug 29, 2016 Marsmannix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
A real page turner. The incredible story of an avaricious woman, two billionaire families, and the tragedy that engulfed them.
Situated within a world we mere mortal rarely see, the story follows the marriage and Rob and Nancy Kissels, heirs to great wealth, and makers of more. We peep into the rarified atmosphere of expat Hong Kong and high finance.
But, as the book's title hints, it's "Never Enough"

McGinnis writes in a fast-paced accessible style, with enough detail without bogging down. i only
Jul 15, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
All I can say is wow. Nancy Kissel has to be the stupidest murderess of all times. Good book, clueless criminal.
Margaret Doolittle
Feb 06, 2008 Margaret Doolittle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: book review
It was hard to stay away from this book! Amazing true crime story of two amazingly dysfunctional families.
Silvia Hajas
Dec 11, 2014 Silvia Hajas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Devastating story of expatriate lives gone wrong. Children who may never recover from losing their father to death and mother to jail. A story where enough well and truly was never enough. But it didn't begin w the expat life. This is the impact of their "it's never good enough" upbringing that set them up to fail before the couple even met. The author provides a terrific impartial insight into the couple's private lives, history and how easy it is to lose oneself to a false image if not grounde ...more
Jul 17, 2009 RNOCEAN rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At thirty-nine, Nancy Kissel had it all: glamour, gusto, garishly flaunted wealth, and the royal lifestyle of the expatriate wife. Not to mention three young children and what a friend described as "the best marriage in the universe."That marriage -- to Merrill Lynch and former Goldman Sachs investment banker Robert Kissel -- ended abruptly one November night in 2003 in the bedroom of their luxury apartment high above Hong Kong's glittering Victoria Harbour.Why?Hong Kong prosecutors, who charged ...more
Oct 23, 2008 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm on a true crime kick right now, and Joe McGinnis's Never Enough is the story of the Kissel family, a family who suffered two murders 3,000 miles apart. First, Nancy killed her husband, a very wealthy and successful investment banker. Then someone else killed his brother. This story is riddled with sex, lies, and decception. We get the lives of the Kissels prior to the murders and then we get the murder, the pretrial, and the trial for Nancy, followed by the death of Andrew Kissel. Nancy, som ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
I read this book because I was interested in the characteristics of the female sociopath. I found it fascinating and it was hard to put down. This is the story of Rob and Nancy Kissel. Rob, who was an investment banker for Merrill Lynch in Hong Kong. He work and traveled all the time earning a huge that includes a $15 million bonus at times if that gives you the idea, and was rarely home, but who does seem to love his wife and children.

The fascinating one in this book is Nancy. To
With his latest book, Never Enough, Joe McGinnis once again illustrates that truth is stranger than fiction as he relates this unlikely tale of two brothers, living a half a world apart, who both become the victims of gruesome murders.

Like Oliver Twist the Kissel brothers always wanted MORE and would go to any lengths to see that they got it. Their father was a driving force in their lives pitting brother against brother in a contest to win his approval.

In order to maintain the opulent, playbo
Sep 29, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an ex-pat living in Hong Kong, I had to read the book. I knew of this murder story just from seeing it on news programs back in the U.S. But living here puts a whole new spin on the story. It's strange to read these words and realize that this woman's children attended the very same school as my daughter; that Nancy took a walk on the beach that I am looking down upon this very moment from my apartment window; that she bought housewares and furniture at the same store that I have shopped at. ...more
Anita George
Oct 18, 2013 Anita George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very interesting and a good read, although I think he got some of the Hong Kong context wrong. I've lived here for 7 years and teach in an international school, and I laughed at the mention of a "cool November morning". There is no such thing in HK! November is still t-shirts, sandals and shorts, but less humidity than the summer months. You don't get anything approaching cool (by Western standards) until January/February.

Author also describes HKIS as the most expensive and exclusive i
Louisa George
This is a riveting true crime story set in Hong Kong and USA at the beginning of the new Millenium. The story is well told, it's just unfortunate that the plot and motivation of the characters is based around that most base of human instincts-absolute greed. Not lacking in money or ambition, social climbers the Kissels chase a lavish ex pat lifestyle where there is (as the title says,) Never Enough. Nancy Kissel wants it all- the prestigious apartment, unlimited shopping and a devoted husband- a ...more
Jun 09, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book so far. McGinnis's acerbic, low-key tone is perfect for this tragic story of adultery, greed, and murder amidst the ostentatious luxury and hard-edged work ethic of Wall Street. McGinnis not only does an excellent job giving me a picture of the people involved, but profiles events in recent history such as the Asian financial crisis and the outbreak of SARS to add depth to the setting. I recently read another true crime book that claimed to "finish what Capote started" and although th ...more
Apr 11, 2010 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For this holiday, I read the book “Never Enough”. This book is written by Joe McGinniss which is based on a true story that discuss about a wife that killed her husband in Hong Kong. The book shows the background of both the husband and wife, such as family members, friends and jobs that they did for a living. It shows both arguments of the wife and the family members of the husband.

I find that this book has a impact on my life because the murder took place in Hong Kong, and also places that I
Sep 05, 2011 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love reading a true story - especially about a baker in New York that lives in Hong Kong. When they are talking about the places that they have been, I have been there, so I can really visualize it. Plus the ex-pat network in Hong Kong hasn't changed that much in the last 15 years so I was totally enthralled.

The story itself was a little flat. It was more narration than anything, where I liked the actual interaction with the characters a little more than just ready what the narrator said happe
Aug 08, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of the famous “milkshake murder” in Hong Kong in 2003. A rich, bitchy and spoiled expat wife kills her rich and boorish expat husband. The book tells the story all the way back to their parents, but mainly focuses on their life in Hong Kong. The whole thing is quite disturbing, and truly shows that money can’t buy happiness. Most of the characters seem mostly interested in money and power, and will do anything to have them.

As an expat in Hong Kong myself, I found it very i
Apr 10, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always enjoyed reading McGinniss for my true crime books. This is another excellent treatment of an interesting murder in a far away land. I remember reading about this case when it happened and wondering what exactly was going on. Never Enough cleared this up for me. I think I understand the people involved and what events led up to the murder and the aftermath. I just hope the children are doing well and have normal lives.
Oct 01, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
True crime is my guilty pleasure. But having said that, my standards for this genre are high and it is hard to find good true crime writing. Joe McGinnis came to my attention as the author of Fatal Vision, the consequences of which Janet Malcolm wrote about in her book, the Journalist and the Murderer. So I wanted to try another of McGinnis' books. This is a true crime drama written in the conventional way, ie the moral stance is to paint the perpetrator as irredeemably evil, with the victims as ...more
May 10, 2015 Jlsimon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, true-crime
I had not heard of this story prior to reading the book. Nancy Kissel must be some piece of work. Then again, for all we know her story is true. It's not really possible for me to say her story of abuse has no grounds, after all, Rob's family did not sound like it was the picture of mental health. The amount of pressure to perform that a bank trader would be under could only be handled by someone that copes well with being always under the gun. So... In the end this book is an interesting read f ...more
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Joe McGinniss (born 1942) is an American author of nonfiction and novels. He first came to prominence with the best-selling The Selling of the President 1968 which described the marketing of then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon, and has authored 11 works since that time. His latest book is The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.
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