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Never Enough

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  806 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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
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Published November 1st 2007 by Simon & Schuster (first published October 14th 2007)
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Kirsti
Apr 20, 2008 Kirsti rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Tony
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
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
Maryka
Nov 29, 2008 Maryka rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
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
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Dina
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
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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
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Julie
Jan 31, 2008 Julie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Joanne
Nov 15, 2014 Joanne rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Jeff
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Barbara
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.
Yvonne
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
RNOCEAN
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
Jenn
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 salary...one 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
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Sandie
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
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Laura
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
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
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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
Karen
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
Chris
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
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Hilary
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
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Andreas
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
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Mark
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.
Sue
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
Jlsimon
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
LA Carlson
Sep 18, 2011 LA Carlson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to LA by: the author is in the news
Shelves: non-fiction
Joe McGinniss writes with integrity and knowledge. I first heard about this story on Dateline. The story of the Kissels will leave you cold. They are the poster family for greed and materialism. Rob made a highly comfortable living but was never happy and pushed himself to make more. The greed appears to have started with his father, William. Andrew was the black sheep of the family and appeared to more than earn the title. This story focuses on Rob and Nancy Kissel. It's obvious Nancy was just ...more
Michelle Geiger
This is a disturbing true story about a family destroyed by greed and lies. It was not pleasant to read about but I did find it really compelling and intriguing. Living in Hong Kong while reading it was also interesting, because I knew the locations mentioned and understood the communities that were referenced. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in true crime stories. Well written and really engaging.
Rosario
My problem with this book is the subjects, not really the book. Nancy Kissel is a profoundly uninteresting woman leading a vapid, silly life. Everybody is obsessed with money and status and nobody is even vaguely happy. It felt like reading about the life of the Kardashians with a murderous bent.
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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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