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It was the kind of murder that drove the tabloids wild. They couldn't get enough of it. Syd Jupiter was one of the greatest offensive linemen in the history of American football. The six foot six, two-hundred-fifty pound Creole from Texas A&M was the darling of the media from the time he was an NFL first-round draft pick. Through every Super Bowl and Pro Bowl he played in, his was the face that the media loved. It was a striking face to begin with and his dry humor and ease in interviews just made him more appealing.
During the first years of his career his name was linked with half the beauties in Hollywood including a tempestuous romance with a distinguished Academy Award winning actress who was twenty years his senior. Just about the time the public was convinced that Syd Jupiter was becoming a disreputable womanizer, he thrilled them by falling in love with the ballerina, Rachel Silver. The media loved it.
Rachel Silver was an enigma. If Syd Jupiter was a tabloid darling, Rachel and her twin brother, Raven, were American ballet lovers' dreams come true.
Born on an island off the coast of Massachusetts, Rachel and Raven were the great-grandchildren of W.Q. and Lisette Ravenscroft, the legendary patrons of such artists as John Singer Sargent, Robert Vonnah, Charles Grafly, and Winslow Homer. Ravenscroft made his fortune in the Boston banking industry while Lisette, a famous beauty and bosom companion of Isabella Stewart Gardner, elevated entertaining in Boston to an art form. While the most fashionable artists and patrons of the arts summered in Manchester-by-the-Sea and Gloucester's Eastern Point, Ravenscroft purchased half of a two hundred acre island southwest of Cape Ann and spent two decades building an estate so lavish it rivaled the castles built by the Hammonds across the water. He named it Hathor after the Egyptian goddess of pleasure.
The first time the public saw the Silver twins perform with American Ballet Theater they believed they were witnessing magic. So perfectly did the two, beautiful dancers move together, with such grace and symmetry and fluidity of motion that it was impossible to believe there were two individuals performing. Rather, it seemed that a single, perfect creature had manifested itself. They were so alike in appearance and so attuned in motion as they floated through the pas de deux in Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet that the ballet critic for the New York Times declared that they had rendered further interpretations of that ballet superfluous and a well-known fundamentalist preacher who happened to attend the performance called for a boycott of such blatant sensuality.
Rachel Silver married Syd Jupiter on the wisteria-covered terrace of Hathor while photographers with telephoto lenses hung out of helicopters and balanced in the towers of tuna boats trying to achieve the definitive photo of the event. The photographs taken that day filled the tabloids. During the weeks that followed, while the newlyweds remained secluded at Hathor, the paparazzi kept watch.
Three years later Hathor was again the focal point of tabloid fascination. Raven Silver, the captivating, ethereal twin and dance partner of Rachel Jupiter was dead, shot through the heart outside his great-grandfather's Roman temple on the edge of a swimming pool in which Rudolph Valentino once swam naked. Syd Jupiter was arrested and taken into custody. The press went wild.
After a brief trial during which the beautiful Rachel, now pregnant with their first child, stayed faithfully by her husband's side, Syd Jupiter was found guilty of second degree depraved heart murder and his twenty-five year jail sentence began.
Lots of characters in the beginning but it all comes together in a wonderful story---Kathleen is a wonderful writer and uses very descriptive words!!!Published 24 days ago by Katherine Muth
This book has everything a true reader looks for in a good story. Love, passion, murder, mystery, art, history and a fantastic setting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Pen Name
Oh Heavens, where to begin? Kathleen Valentine is truly one of my favorite authors! In Depraved Heart: A Novel, she spins a tale of twists, turns and dark secrets in the enormously... Read morePublished 23 months ago by UPGirlcd
Be prepared to laugh, cry, be shocked, and totally absorbed in this novel. It was enjoyable and educational in so many aspects. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Helen E Young
Suspense, mystery, and romance...this book had all of it. I love where the story takes you. The mystery of it all till the very end. Valentine nailed it.Published on April 8, 2013 by Amazon Customer