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Widow's Web

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
They called Mary Lee Orsini Little Rock's Lady Macbeth. Her beauty and cunning proved fatal for her husband (shot dead in his bed) and nearly as destructive to almost everyone else who crossed her path: the defense lawyer whose wife she was convicted of murdering, the prosecutor whose career she destroyed, the sheriff she manipulated to the wrong side of the law, and the r ...more
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Published July 2nd 1994 by Ivy Books (first published August 2nd 1993)
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Jessica
Jul 22, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: true crime readers, Arkansians
Recommended to Jessica by: Heidi
Shelves: nonfiction
3.5 stars.

Hmmm...this is a crazy read. Highly recommended to me by Heidi when I was in Little Rock, and yes, it's something of a wild introduction to that city and an extremely thorough exploration of a notorious criminal, the nutcase Mary Lee Orsini. A sort of charming (apparently) pathological very nutty liar and murderer who held the city in thrall for months and months. She first offs her husband for his life insurance, then the wife of the handsome lawyer who defends her...the latter out of
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Shanti
Nov 17, 2014 Shanti rated it it was ok
Interesting but way way too long and redundant
Danice
Feb 18, 2017 Danice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
A well written true story! Featuring an incredible cast of characters including:

1. Mary Lee Orisini aka Mary Myrtle Hatcher or ..... Is she the strong, personable, attractive mother and widow... or a psychopathic murderess? A victim of an unbelievable sequence of events... or the mastermind and eager participant?

2. Tiffany Orsini, the only daughter of Mary Lee, is she a killer, a patsy or a pawn?

3. Bill McArther, a defense lawyer known for being understanding and pro bono work, happily married
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Lobstergirl
Jul 11, 2013 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Gene Lyons

I had actually read something by Gene Lyons before - Fools for Scandal: How the Media Invented Whitewater, on the recommendation of Daily Howler blogger Bob Somerby. Somerby recommends Lyons as a journalist who gets it right, seeing through the bullshit and nonsense that so often pass for journalism.

A few days ago Somerby linked to a Gene Lyons column on the Trayvon Martin case - "a lamentable tragedy of errors marketed as a multi-media morality play on the combustible theme of race. It makes me
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Jon
Jul 30, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
Growing up in central Arkansas, I was in 6th/7th grade around the time this was all dominating the local news. I was very aware of it then, and had wanted to read this book for a while now.

A fun read that really builds a sense of the time period and the personalities involved, including the Black Widow/Femme Fatale and the Rogue Sheriff Tommy.

Loses some momentum down the stretch as it devolves into a recap of the court proceedings but still largely a fascinating book.
Robin
Aug 17, 2011 Robin rated it really liked it
This is a page turner. It's somewhat of an expanded news report, which was okay, but I'd loved to know more about personal aspects of the characters. Crazy, zany, mixed-up events. Mary Lee Orsini was a freak.
Robin
Dec 10, 2008 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book could have been shortened a lot. I found it hard to get into at the end. It just kept going on and on. I'm glad it's over and I can get on to another book.
Steve Foster
Apr 24, 2013 Steve Foster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding read by a gifted author.
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