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Dancing with Death: The True Story of a Glamorous Showgirl, her Wealthy Husband, and a Horrifying Murder

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Phoenix, Arizona, 2004. Former stripper turned suburban housewife Marjorie Orbin filed a missing person’s report on her husband. She claimed that Jay, a successful art dealer, had left town on business after celebrating their son’s birthday more than a month before. Jay loved his family more than life itself—and no one believed he would ever abandon them. Authorities suspe ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by St. Martin's True Crime
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The first few times I saw Shanna Hogan’s true crime novel, Dancing with Death, on the shelf at Wal-mart I took a pass. I had two reasons for not wanting to read this book. The first was that I had seen Marjorie Orbin’s episode of Snapped and thought I already knew all about the story. The second reason was that Dancing with Death is Shanna Hogan’s first true crime novel. I am very picky about what true crime authors I will read. There are a ton of terrible TC books out there written by reporters ...more
The writing was excellent and the story was mesmerizing. I'm going to keep my eye on this author.
Julia Brumfield
This was definitely a fascinating read especially after the disappointment I had with reading "Seduced By Evil". You have almost the same type of women with the same type of past but states apart. The years they commit the crimes and are tried are eerily close to each other as well as the court details that there may have been two killers or more as well as the gruesomeness of the fact how they destroyed lives without a second thought. The differences was Marjorie Orbin is now locked away nice ...more
Terri Durling
May 22, 2014 Terri Durling rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Stacey Durling
This true crime story (one of my favorite genres in years gone by) had me from the beginning and I would put Shanna Hogan in the same category as Ann Rule - one of the best true crime writers of our time. Marjorie Orbin is a fascinating woman - complicated, glamorous and difficult. She married seven times and was devoted to her only child, Noah. She lead a very glamorous life as a dancer, showgirl and seemed to be able to get men to do whatever she wanted - hers was the life of the rich and famo ...more
The tub was too heavy for her. That is a still gaping hole for me. Also the fact that she didn't brag about how she did it. Seemed out of character. The fact that her boyfriend lost so much weight in the months following the incident, spoke louder than words. He knew much more than he let on.

What were these two arguing about after the police found Jay's torso? Who was/were behind Rueckert's shooting incident? If we knew the truth about these two matters, maybe we could see the case in a new ligh
Excellent book, very well written. The author does a great job of walking the reader through the people and the crime without personal bias or opinions. I could not put this book down. A very talented true crime author - one I hope we'll be seeing more from soon.
Angel Morone
This book pulls you in from the start. Very well written. Will read more from this author.
Excellent book! I am looking forward to the next one by the same author.
Very good and easy to read.
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