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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime; Original edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312594356
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312594350
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cathy Scott is a star writer in the crowded field of true crime." --Ann Rule

"Cathy Scott is an amazing talent for getting the story behind the headlines." --Gregg Olsen

From the Back Cover

MONEY
The beloved son of Holocaust survivors, forty-nine-year-old George Kogan grew up in Puerto Rico before making his way to New York City, where he enjoyed great success as an antiques and art dealer. Until one morning in 1990, when George was approached on the street by an unidentified gunman—and was killed in cold blood.

MADNESS
Before the shooting, George had been on the way to his girlfriends’s apartment. Mary-Louise Hawkins was twenty-eight years old and had once worked as George’s publicist. But ever since they became lovers, George’s estranged wife, Barbara, was consumed with bitterness. As she and George hashed out a divorce, Barbara fueled her anger into greed—especially after a judge turned down her request for $5,000 a week in alimony.

MURDER
Barbara, who stood to collect $4.3 million in life insurance, was immediately suspected in George’s death. But it would take authorities almost twenty years to uncover a link between her lawyer, Manuel Martinez, and the hitman who killed George. In 2010, Martinez agreed to testify against his client…and Barbara eventually pled guilty to charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit murder, and murder in the first degree. This is the shocking true story of THE MILLIONAIRE’S WIFE.

Includes 8 pages of dramatic photos

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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on March 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
...and let the birds have it for nesting material.

I was really looking forward to reading this book, and even pre-ordered it. NEVER AGAIN! From now on, someone else can buy it first.

I'm 86% into it, and am surprised I made it this far & kept my sanity (I think). This book HONESTLY & SERIOUSLY gave me a migraine. It's less than 300 pages long but feels like it will never end.

The writing is flat & bland, the repitition annoying, the mis-spellings so "distrubing" I would rather die of "asphixia" than read another word "of a the story" (quoted as mis-used in the book).

During the trial part of the book, the author explains:
(1) what the witness WILL SAY
(2) (which we ALREADY heard in detail when the shooting took place
(3) then tells us the TESTIMONY
(4) THEN, as if we still don't "get it," she tells us, in different words, what the witness SAID.

That's 4 times the same thing is repeated.

If that's not bad enough, the other chapters are the same way. You read a paragraph, then the same thing is repeated in the next, just re-worded.

When she relates news stories, it goes something like this: "The daily news had this to say xxxx, said the daily news."

It's like watching a movie where each scene is on a perpetual loop. I keep seeing this poor guy walk, get shot, fall down while money flies out of his pockets... then stand up, walk, get shot, fall/money...boing! stand...etc, etc.

You get the point. I have to stop. If I keep reading, I'm afraid my head will explode.

UGH!!!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The facts of this case should make it interesting and compeling. What better than the oft told story of a rich and successful man scorning his used up wife for a younger woman. Old as time itself and even better when you toss in resentment, greed, and a hitman that will even the score and then some. Everyone puts suspicion on the wife, but they never manage to get the goods on her for twenty years.
I liked the story a lot and if it hadn't been bogged down with excessive repetition that stretched on to the point of tedium and a bad editing job , this would certainly have rated 4* or possibly even 5*. This was a moderately complex story that was plausible and interesting. It should have been engrossing but it droned on too much in places. I found myself losing interest when it seemed the narrative was unfocused and slowing down. The only thing that kept me reading is that I wanted to get the whole story.
This book is by no means awful, but it had the promise to be way better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By stan katz on May 21, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a pretty decent book about a fairly well-publicized murder, but as I was reading about the legal issues I couldn't help wondering why the defense lawyers kept getting their motions quashed. To be honest, I'm not sure that I would ever have voted "guilty" in the Martinez trial. Author Scott glosses over the trial issues, and to me they are the most interesting parts of the book, so I was a bit disappointed. It was a bit of "now that we know the ending, we can ignore all the little issues", such as the role of circumstantial evidence in a murder trial. Yes, Barbara eventually pled guilty, so all the other issues sort of become moot, but what if she hadn't? More depth in that area would have, at least to me, made this a far more interesting book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JLI on April 1, 2012
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This book was a big disappointment. It should have been an interesting read, however I skipped a lot of it because it was so boring. The first part was OK, then it deteriorated into the trial of a wanna-be gangster. If I had known that was part of the story I wouldn't have ordered the book. With the right focus by the right author this could have received better reviews. Save your money for a worthwhile book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Spfarr on September 25, 2012
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I saw the true story of the Millionaire's Wife, on a television program and was very intrigued about this lady. When I got the book I finished it within two weeks. Cathy Scott writes in such detail making you feel as if you are there, in person, with all the characters themselves. Excellent writing, loads of information, specific details... I give this book FIVE STARS!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on May 11, 2012
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George and Barbara Kogan had been married for 25 years when he suddenly announced he was in love with another woman: 27 year old Mary Louise Hawkins.

Barbara was devastated. Suddenly all of the success and wealth she and George had built together over the years was being ripped away from her. And it was being stolen by a spoiled little rich girl whose youthfulness and energy Barbara felt she couldn't compete.

As many a scorned woman has done, Barbara sought to drain her husband of all their assets but instead found their assets frozen and having to turn to her parents, at almost 50 years old, for financial support. It was more than she could take!

When George was killed on a busy New York street, in broad daylight, many believed Barbara had found a way to regain her financial footing; after all, she was the sole beneficiary of millions of dollars in life insurance. And not to mention her husband's death did away with that pesky division of assets divorce requires, they were all Barbara's now.

Investigators, as well as George's family and friends, were certain the wealthy widow was responsible for George's death and they would spend the next 20 years trying to prove it. Their investigation would unveil a woman living a lavish lifestyle beyond her means, perjury, a hitman, and a wayward lawyer.

Veteran true crime author Cathy Scott outlines the homicide investigation that spanned two decades in her March 2012 book
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More About the Author

Cathy Scott is a tour de force in true crime as a Los Angeles Times bestselling author and an award-winning investigative journalist. She attracted international acclaim for her classic true-crime biographies, THE KILLING OF TUPAC SHAKUR and THE MURDER OF BIGGIE SMALLS. Ann Rule has described Scott as "a star writer in the crowded field of true crime."

Cathy Scott's seventh book, THE MILLIONAIRE'S WIFE, was released March 27, 2012. by St. Martin's Press about the 1990 contract murder of George Kogan on an Upper East Side Manhattan street in broad daylight. Fast-forward nearly 20 years, and Barbara Kogan, George's estranged wife, admitted to hiring a hit man to have her husband gunned down.

Her eighth book - MURDER IN BEVERLY HILLS (the re-release and update of MURDER OF A MAFIA DAUGHTER) - was published in November 2013 about the unsolved murder of writer Susan Berman. The book includes exclusive information from investigators and new information about their prime suspect. It was named Best True Crime Book of 2013 (2nd place) by ForeWord Reviews.

A memoir of a former drug kingpin, FREEWAY RICK ROSS: THE UNTOLD AUTOBIOGRAPHY, which Cathy co-wrote with Ross, was released in June 2014 to a standing-room audience at its Los Angeles launch.

Her tenth book, UNCONDITIONAL HONOR: WOUNDED WARRIORS AND THEIR DOGS, due for release in March 2015, is about the amazing relationships between wounded veterans and their service dogs and the organizations the provide the dogs at no cost.

Her latest project is the Dawn Viens case. Dawn, 37, disappeared on Oct. 18, 2010, after leaving Thyme Contemporary Cafe, in Lomita, California, that she and her husband ran. David Viens told police that he and his wife had argued. She didn't take her cell phone or stash of cash, and her car was later towed as evidence when she did not return. The husband, after throwing himself off a cliff -- and surviving -- admitted to killing his wife but has not told police where Dawn's body is.

You can find out more about this author by visiting her Web site at cathyscott dot com and her "Crime She Writes" blog for PsychologyToday dot com.

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