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Rancho Mirage: An American Tragedy of Manners, Madness, and Murder

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This is one of the strangest true-crime stories ever written: a story of murder, reported rape, abduction and multiple personalities. It contains all of the ingredients of a chilling page-turner. Saroyan writes nonfiction as compelling as a great novel. Readers won't stop until the last page.
Paperback, 366 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Barricade Books (first published 1993)
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Pity poor put-upon prostitute Andrea, seeking solace, security, social standing, and swank digs. Solution? Marrying a "regular": rich, respectable Bob Sand. But respectable Bob has his...intricacies. Much to the chagrin of Andrea (erstwhile many-aliased bit player and call girl), Bob (wheelchair-bound masochist, thirty years her senior) merely figured out that sometimes it's cheaper to buy than rent. Instead of genteel teas and country club dinners, Bob prefers to spank Andrea silly, and continu ...more
Charlene Gordon
Interesting book. Read this in 2008.
Like most true crime, this reads pretty fast. In fact, I read it in a day. There is just so much crazy in the beginning that by the time it gets to the end, and the court case, it becomes redundant and kind of dull.

Also, a quick Internet search reveals that the crazy hasn't stopped!
I actually know Aram and he told me the thought this book might be too "gritty" for me to read.
It is pretty gritty but oh so fascinating.
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