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Depraved Heart: A Novel Kindle Edition

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[Valentine] has the ability to write with a darkness that is below the surface, yet can keep the storyline light, so it isn't depressing and characters are "approachable". I loved this book because of the mystery component that was visible, but not quite visible. I do not do this lightly, but this book almost had the feel of Du Maurier's Rebecca with a bit more sexual spiciness to it. - A Book and a Review Blog

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Parlez-Moi Press (November 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XIIZEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #745,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kathleen Valentine is the award-winning author of four novels, many novellas & short stories, books of knitting patterns, & a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. She has been listed as an Amazon Top Selling Author in Horror and in Mystery/Suspense. As a writer her primary interest is delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic, and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with.

She lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America's oldest seaport.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LINDA IN COLORADO on May 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Once again Kathleen Valentine doesn't dissapoint. I love that her books are affordable and Kindle accessible right from the start. Waiting "im"-patiently for the next book scheduled for this Fall.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Blackburn on May 4, 2012
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If you haven't read a Kathleen Valentine book, you are really missing out. Kathleen is one of my favorite authors due to her ability to write deep, intricate novels and short stories that elicit emotions that run the gamut of feelings. I have read books of hers that I was crying tears of heartache that suddenly went to tears of joy!

I must say that Kathleen Valentine is one of those authors who are classic examples on why I love and very frequently seek out Indie authors over the big house publisher authors. I truly feel that Kathleen's writing is above the cookie cutter writers that you see in big house publishing houses.

This book was no exception. Kathleen's character and setting development is so strong that frequently I have to map them out and how they interact with one another. This is a real talent to be able to do so. Also, in the majority of Kathleen's books, as well as this one, she has the ability to write with a darkness that is below the surface, yet can keep the storyline light, so it isn't necessarily depressing and characters are "approachable". I loved this book, also, because of the mystery component that was visible, but not quite visible. I was kind of surprised with this one because of the level of romance that was in this book compared to her other books.

I do this lightly (because I abhor when people do it flippantly), but this book almost had the feel of Du Maurier's Rebecca with a bit more sexual spiciness to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on May 3, 2012
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kathleen Valentine is "go to" author for Kindle Books. Suspenseful with great twists and turns, so easy to identify with the characters, they feel like people I know. I just purchased her new book Depraved Heart and it is thrilling to read!! Kudos Kathleen on another book well written!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BookAHolique on April 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
My first book by Ms. Valentine and what a great selection! This book had a little of everything - mystery, murder and just the right amount of romance. I really liked the two main character, Tempest and Syd. They both have troubled pasts and lots of reservations about getting involved with each other. I found myself really cheering for both of them. The story takes us right down to the end before we know if their relationship will survive the hurdles placed in their paths.

This book hooked me from the very beginning. I so glad I gave this book a go! Now I need to go check out some of the other books from this very talented writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Galacar on June 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Now that I have finished reading Depraved Heart, I don't know what to do with myself; what a great read for the
beach or for the armchair! From the very first page I was hooked. The characters are so colorful and deep. Each
character has a back-story which gives them a richness that adds to the unfolding events.
Tempest Hobbs, the "sensitive" is so believable as an art curator and fragile, wounded soul. Her "escape" to
the Island sets her off on an unexpected life-changing adventure.
Syd Jupiter is every women's fantasy man; the son of a New Orleans "voodo" mother, he is handsome, strong, romantic,honest, and yet he's hiding some big secrets.
Setting the book in Salem and on an Island called "Hephzibah Regrets" was brilliant. (I actually looked up this Island in Google to see if it really exists!) There are twists and turns with plot and characters in each chapter - taking you to the last few pages where you learn the "secret" that Syd has been keeping from Tempest.

Besides loving this book, I learned so much about local artists. Kathleen really did her research.

I can't wait for the sequel.....:) or the next Kathleen Valentine Book. She never disappoints me with
her stories and writing style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susandyer1962 on June 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
A Depraved Heart

Kathleen Valentine

I couldn't stop reading this book!! So many twists and turns and it kept me guessing right up to the very end! Great ending too! If you haven't read a Kathleen Valentine book yet, you really are missing out.  Not too much romance, just the right amount. Plenty of mystery suspense and twists and turns! Kathleen is now one of my go to authors!!
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