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Widow's Web by Gene Lyons
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Jul 22, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction
Recommended to Jessica by: Heidi
Recommended for: true crime readers, Arkansians
Read in July, 2009

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 jealousy it seems. What's most amazing is how many fall for her outlandish tales, which keep changing. At one time she even blames her husband's murder on her teenaged daughter. In the meanwhile you see Little Rock and North Little Rock politics, press, shenanigans up close and personal. Did I say Lyons was thorough? An interest in Arkansas history/politics helps.
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