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A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion: A Novel Hardcover – Bargain Price, June 14, 2011
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“Ron Hansen has written a mordantly funny, vividly compelling and irresistibly readable chronicle of the Twenties." —Joyce Carol Oates
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When unhappily married corset salesman Judd Gray meets the enchanting Ruth at an alcohol-enhanced luncheon, the attraction is immediate. An extra-martial encounter afterwards becomes the first of many. As the passion heats up, murder becomes a regular topic of conversation, Ruth adamant that she cannot go on, dazzling her lover with exotic bedroom skills. Increasing amounts of booze quell Judd's conscience, the inevitable confrontation building to an unbearable pitch... and a night of murder. Alcohol is indeed a major player in the unfolding tragedy, Prohibition and heady financial times ushering in a celebratory atmosphere where the public frequently flaunts the law, the spirits flowing, legal or not.Read more ›
Albert was often demeaning to his wife, sometimes drinking too much, and when he had free time, he chose to spend it doing things that he alone enjoyed. Initially, Ruth tried to please her husband, but it wasn't long before, she grew tired of being ignored by her husband. Flirtatious, and aware of the effect her beauty had on men, she got pleasure seeing their reaction to her teasing ways. Judd Gray was one of these men.
Ruth met Judd Gray, a corset salesman in a diner, and the two hit it off. Ruth was ripe for a little excitement in her life, and it wasn't long before the two began a torrid love affair. Judd, like Albert had a drinking problem. He was also unhappy in his own marriage. He finds Ruth totally irresistible. Once Ruth is sure she has Judd under her spell, she begins to plot a way to kill her husband, and the execution of that plan includes Judd. Judd admits, later that he felt, " hypnotized and helplessly dominated by her. "
This novel was addictive. It begins with a bumbled crime scene, and investigation. Along the way the reader learns of Ruth and Arthur's passionless marriage, and more about their life together, followed by the intimate details of Ruth and Judd....A.K.A. "lover boy " and their intense, reckless affair.Read more ›
Ruth and Judd, as they will become known to all, were lovers, and both of them were married, to other people. Judd was so transfixed with Ruth that he would do anything for her, much to his regret. The story opens with Ruth's nine year old daughter, Lorraine, finding her mother tied up with rope and writhing in he hallway outside her bedroom. She started to untie her mother, but Ruth told her to run across the street and get the neighbor. The neighbors came, Lorraine's father's body was found in the bedroom, and when Ruth was told he was dead, she yelled, "Oh, my darling, Albert". Lorraine thought this was strange since her father had never been a darling to anyone. As the story proceeds we find the story of Ruth and Judd and Lorraine and Albert. Ruth, was hard pressed to really act except to protray her sexy self, and this was appreciated by the police and all who came in contact. However, it gave her away, and no one was a fool. It was not too soon that the story came tumbling out, but not as it was known to Judd.
This is such a well written and human story. Everyone knows the back story, but told in this genre, with such fierceness, the people in the story come to life. I never liked Ruth or Judd, but I came to understand a little of their lives. Lorraine was left at times to fend for herself while Ruth and Judd had their assignations, and this came to the fore at the murder trial.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the book. It reminded me of the old movie "Double Indemnity."Published 9 months ago by vicki
I didn't realize it was true crime until the end...I liked the style at first b/c it seemed purposely "hard-boiled" but I got bored w/ it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ellen M. O'Hara
Riveting true crime story....Can't believe it has not been made into a film. I did not know it was a true crime story as I was reading it, which made that fact even more jaw... Read morePublished 14 months ago by SilverCat
I literally could not put this down! I didn't realize until after reading it that it's a true story. Read morePublished on November 22, 2013 by TKopriva
Good story but the writing was not that great. I never really got the feel of the characters and the writing was just very elemental- read more like a newspaper account than a... Read morePublished on October 10, 2013 by Live to Ride