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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Western Reflections Publishing Co. (September 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189043793X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890437930
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jamal Nazir on April 17, 2005
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This is a brilliantly written historical murder novel by one of the best law school professors of the present time. I have the honor of studying law under Professor Robert Hardaway. Prof. Hardaway is a Civil Procedure and Evidence professor at the Strum College of Law, University of Denver, Colorado. Prof. Hardaway made my first year law school experience worth remembering, and only after his class I truly enjoyed the movie, "Paper Chase."

The novel remarkably encapsulates the facts for a nonprofessional and a legal scholar alike. Prof. Hardaway's writing style is flawless and attracts the readers, as was his effusive and exciting lectures. The title of the book "Alienation of Affection" is a legal cliché that is extinct in all the states in the U.S., except South Carolina. Alienation of Affection is a term for a legal action by an estranged husband or a wife against the person responsible for the estrangement. In most cases, such person is a lover for whom a husband or a wife, for that matter, leaves his or her counterpart.

I think the reader will thoroughly enjoy this book and will learn immensely on the history of Denver, and lifestyles of the early 20th century. Especially of those commoners like Ms. Gertrude who became the rich and famous.

PS: Nobody gets hit over the head by a baseball bat in this novel.
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Author Robert Hardaway based his extraordinary novel Alienation Of Affection on a sensational murder that took place at the Denver, Colorado Richthofen Castle in 1911. A pretty young woman by the name of Gertrude Gibson Patterson was accused by district attorney Horace G. Benson of using her considerable and impressive femininity to command, corrupt, and ultimately destroy. The revelations of sex and scandal that emerged in a courtroom trial were so alarming that the Denver Woman's Public Service League petitioned the newspapers to stop covering the trail for fear of violating the common decency of their readers. Alienation Of Affection is a superbly crafted novel of obsession, sex, scandal, betrayal and prejudice which raged through the high society of Chicago, Paris, Denver, and even the doomed maiden voyage of the Titanic. Attention Hollywood! Alienation Of Affection is the very stuff of which block-buster movies are made!
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I appreciate Mr. Hardaway's treatment of the text - he deliberately wrote it as a narrative, as opposed to a documentary. This gave him the freedom to write a much more engrossing account of the true story.
To be fair, he might have white-washed Ms. Patterson's personal history and he might have exaggerated her beauty and its effects, but on the whole, it made for a more entertaining read than a sanitary documentary account would have done. I dare go so far as to say that more histories should be written in this format.
As a native Denverite, I feel it's important for us to know our city's history. I'm surprised that this sensational bit of history has not been made into local legend (and sad that I never knew of it before this book). I'm glad Mr. Hardaway revived one it and feel like a better Denverite for knowing it.
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By V. Malley on November 25, 2008
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This book has a great turn of the century historical setting with a very intriguing story line. It is a definite page turner and must read book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Tingle on March 23, 2007
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This book focuses on a fascinating subject. The details of Gertrude Gibson Patterson's life reveal an opportunistic young woman determined to live *very* well despite humble beginnings. Given how gently her choice of vocation (kept woman) is treated in this text, one suspects the newspaper accounts of her life (on which this book is based) white-washed her past. It's a stretch of the imagination to believe she had an eight-year platonic relationship with her sugar-daddy, Strous.

It is not clear if the author invented the long sections of dialogue that introduce us to Gertrude and her early life in Chicago or if such dialogue came from newspaper accounts, as told by Gertrude herself. At any rate, the story as given is calculated to create the most favorable impression possible for this supremely successful mistress.

I ended up returning the book to Amazon, not because I was disappointed in content, but because the copy I received was defective. It was missing pages 144 to 192! Since this section presumably includes her courtship, marriage, and breakdown of marriage with Patterson, I was left to fill in the rather extensive blank. I didn't trust a replacement copy not to have the same problem, since the defect probably affected more than one book in the print-run.
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