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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (January 14, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517061643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517061640
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,575,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Rob Marshall, member of the country-club set of Toms River, N.J., led a freewheeling life of casino gambling, parties and astronomical debt. But Rob was also a civic leader and family man, so his three teenaged sons couldn't believe it when their father was put on trial for having their mother, Maria, murdered in order to collect $1.5 million in insurance and pursue a sexual affair with a neighbor's wife. This true-crime book is about the three boys' crumbling faith in their smooth-talking, high-flying father; on that level, it is often moving and heart-wrenching. It also concerns a suburban coterie's faith in a you-can-have-anything-you-want philosophy and the social and class tensions within one community. Rob's mistress was a friend of a high-ranking New Jersey political figure; drug dealing, loansharking and conspiracy were elements in the unfolding courtroom drama that McGinniss skillfully re-creates. While the story lacks the inherent sizzle of his Fatal Vision , it is absorbing nonetheless. The case took some bizarre twists, as when the wife of the accused hit-man went to live in the bereaved sons' house. First serial to Rolling Stone and Ladies' Home Journal; TV rights to NBC-TV; BOMC and Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In 1984, Rob Marshall, a well-to-do New Jersey businessman, was knocked unconscious at a picnic area, and Maria, his wife, was killed. Police investigation led to Marshall's trial and, for two of his sons, to the anguishing discovery that their father was behind Maria's murder. McGinniss's genius, demonstrated in Fatal Vision ( LJ 9/1/83), is in showing the effect of murder on a victim's family, who slowly lose their blind faith in the perpetrator and recognize his guilt. An excellent, heartbreaking, engrossing book. Very highly recommended. Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Well written, very good book.
jim
I think over the years I have read this book 5 times!
jaedis
McGinniss did an excellent job telling the story.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Becky on August 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joe McGinniss's excellent follow up to "Fatal Vision" is one of his best yet. "Blind Faith" takes us into the home of Rob and Maria Marshall and their 3 sons, a family in the "Leave It To Beaver" mould whose idyllic life was the envy of all who knew them. But the tragic murder of Maria in September 1984 revealed a twisted underbelly of asociality where the life of a beloved daughter and loving mother could be traded for a sum as measly and paltry as 1.5 million dollars. Joe McGinniss slowly draws the reader in to the complicated investigation which is littered with people who seem to be direct from the central casting of an Alfred Hitchcock film as the police and the district attorney quietly and resolutely hunt down their quarry - Maria's "loving" husband, Rob Marshall, who in court was finally revealed for the avaricious and cunning sociopath that he is. Although this tragic, cautionary tale transports the reader on a journey into the dark side of the American dream which will haunt us long after the last page is finished, the true success of this book lies with McGinniss's depiction of 3 grieving boys who went from initially believing totally in their father's innocence to finally angrily acknowledging his guilt.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2000
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An eye opening glimpse into the often pseudo "All American Family". McGinnis skillfully tells the tragic story of lust, greed, and a Mother tragically lost to her sons, at a critical point in their lives. The story unfolds slowly, much as the actual investigation, revealing a glimpse into the distorted mind of Rob Marshal, a sociopath, who was so convinced of his superiority that he found it uncomprehensable that anyone would accuse him of the tragic murder of the beautiful, well bred daughter of a prominent Philadelphia physician. Maria protrayed the happy wife and mother to the small New Jersey town who knew and respected her. She was the ultimate "team Mom", available for support and love for her sons. The people of this same, small upscale, shore town, however were quick to point the finger toward her haughty, gambling, and cheating husband when she was reported tragically murdered along the Garden State Parkway on that September night. The story provokes the reader and glues you to the chair as page after page Rob's personality and lack of love and respect for his family unfolds. It left this reader contemplating that sometimes the death penality may be too kind and swift for one so cold and calculating as Rob Marshall. Leaves you wanting to know more about the effect of this tragedy on the three Marshall sons.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 31, 2010
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Journalist/writer Joe McGinnis paints in broad strokes. His best-selling FATAL VISION concerned a family man and career soldier who may or may not have murdered his family. More recently, NEVER ENOUGH stars a competitive and materialistic, multi-national family so greedy and compelling that a different author published his own book about them at around the same time. Yet despite those successes both before and after it's the book here, BLIND FAITH that made the biggest impression on me and remains the most vivid.

You probably know the book's plotline and I won't spend much time on it. In affluent exurban Toms River, New Jersey, Rob Marshall, a philandering husband who apparently was evil beyond anyone's comprehension, murdered his wife and tried to blame it on unknown assassins. He wanted to claim the life-insurance money and run off with his mistress, the town flirt, the one who had the words of the title of this review posted outside the location of her "surprise" fortieth birthday party. The police pinned the murder on the right guy pretty quickly so don't expect much suspense here; BLIND FAITH spends more time going for character depth and development of the murdered mother and her three adored sons. McGinnis also had a great deal of access to the imprisoned husband and portrays Marshall, accurately or not, as a wet, weak whiner filled with self-pity for a deed no one impelled him to commit.

Why is BLIND FAITH so memorable, at least to me? One reason is that its central concern is the interplay of good and evil: we wonder for a while whether the murdering husband is full of self-delusion, lacking in morals and ethics, or possibly pathological (all three?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim K. on April 7, 2000
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I read this when it was first published 10 years ago and recently read it again, it is still one of the best of Joe McGinnis' books. Reads like a novel and you hate to put it down. The story takes off from the beginning and doesn't let go til the last page. If you collect true crime books this is a must-have.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 19, 1999
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I found myself using every waking moment wondering what is coming next. Mr. McGinnis is excellent at taking us through all realms of our emotions. From loving a devoted mother and father and wishing we were part of that "perfect" family, to the nightmare they had to endure. I found myself amazed at the anger I felt for this man in the end of reading this story.
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