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The Craigslist Murders: A Novel Paperback – November 23, 2009

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Editorial Reviews

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"A prophetic, hilarious, and suspenseful take on how the financial crisis turns one interior designer homicidal...Brenda Cullerton's new book is a stunning commentary on contemporary New York society."
The Daily Beast

"[A] hilarious and unsettling novel about class war. Upper East Siders beware...this killer wears Louboutins."  
Kathleen Massara, Flavorwire

"A deliciously smart, darkly comic novel"
New York Daily News

"Wickedly topical, with a fully developed and sympathetic protagonist, Cullerton’s debut novel abounds with juicy details about Charlotte’s exclusive world."
Kirkus Reviews

"Cullerton...has a real knack for satirical writing. Her supporting characters are a mostly fatuous bunch, but not so much that they stop feeling like real people; and Charlotte herself is a marvelous creation, a likably murderous woman whose solution to her intense frustration is, if not legal, at least effective."
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“A brilliantly prophetic and modern tale of the macabre . . . A novel that roars across the intersection of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
—James Wolcott, Vanity Fair columnist

“The book flies cinematically, riffs ferociously, and then floats in moments of poetic contemplation and longing. Swift, sensational, The Craigslist Murders reads scathingly and emotionally true. A tour de force!”
—Laura Jacobs, author of Women About Town and The Bird Catcher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brenda Cullerton is a writer for the fashion, beauty, and interior design industries, and the author of the memoir, The Nearly Departed, Or, My Family and Other Foreigners, which O Magazine called "wise, courageous, brutally honest and darkly hilarious." She has also written several books on interiors and the home. She lives and works in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781440181450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440181450
  • ASIN: 1440181454
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,214,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Craigslist Murders: A Novel is a flaming arrow into the dark heart of Manhattan's filthy rich, and also a sharp portrait of our culture's psychological health. Cullerton knows this milieu and her portrait is all in the details a la the New Journalism that stormed the Sixties. Perhaps it's no mistake that Cullerton's heroine, or rather anti-heroine, is named Charlotte Wolfe. This Charlotte -- as opposed to Tom Wolfe's recent, ridiculously dated I Am Charlotte Simmons -- is a true embodiment of her time, contemporary compulsions at war with distant ideals. And while she's murderously troubled, she's also amazingly sympathetic. This is not easy to do. The book flies cinematically, riffs ferociously, and then floats in moments of poetic contemplation and longing. Swift, sensational, The Craigslist Murders reads scathingly and emotionally true. A tour de force!
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I read this gem of a book in one greedy gulp. Brenda Cullerton has created one of the great and unforgettable characters in any novel -- her Charlotte Wolf is a deliciously nasty piece of work, a complicated and believable mess of a woman, one of those villains you can't help loving and even rooting for. Go, Charlotte, go! Kill the bastards!
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Charlotte Woolf is an interior designer to the super rich of New York. She fends calls from women wanting to move their swimming pools ten feet so they don't obstruct views or who demand prison toilets in their libraries. Quite frankly, her clients are driving her to madness. During this wonderful book we are given glimpses of Charlotte's unhappy childhood - a terrible trauma that left her relationship with her mother shattered, as well as her current problems with work, men, her health and money. During her free time, Charlotte has an obsession with Craiglist - an online marketplace which I'm unfamiliar with, but which sounds something like ebay. Targeting women who are selling incredibly expensive goods, Charlotte finds solace in 'freeing' or 'releasing' these women from their lives. In other words, killing them. I have to say that rarely have I empathised with a murderess as much as I did in this book, which is, frankly, rather worrying! Some of Charlotte's clients were so awful that I could appreciate her desire to polish her poker and set out in search of retribution. The novel is great fun and you somehow hope that Charlotte will escape the downward spiral of hatred and disgust she has embarked on. This is a very original novel and I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to more from this talented author.
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There's a tantalizing touch of irony in the title the Craigslist Murders, since this superbly-paced serial killer story takes place in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the world among characters so rich they need neither to buy nor to sell anything through that internet flea market to get what they want. As written by Brenda Cullerton (a New York based writer for the interior design industry), this unconventional crime novel is an engrossing exercise in satire and psychology, set in the apartments and homes of investment bankers and models living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It's there that successful interior decorator Charlotte Wolfe looks through Craigslist ads trying to find ones placed by trophy wives selling luxury goods who she then kills with a poker. She claims she is liberating these women from their gilded cages and never steals more than a trinket from their luxurious homes. Charlotte's childhood memories with her cold, distant and status seeking mother factor into the book's darkly comic mood and complex emotional landscape; this is a book in which past and present are inseparably intertwined, and motivations remain rooted in the past, making it all the more interesting when buried truths are revealed. In addition to being a biting and caustically satirical portrayal of the Upper East Side and it's denizens, the Craigslist Murders includes some inside information on the world of interior decoration, like how to spot a fake antique, and many smart remarks about the way we live now like "Parents didn't know how to say 'no' anymore. They didn't dare. Only children did." This short, diverting novel, while it isn't the best serial killer book you'll ever read, has some funny and true things to say about the super super rich.
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I loved "The Craiglist Murders." I never read Woolfe's, "I am Charlotte Simmons." I read about it, and couldn't stand the thought of it. I haven't read anything by Woolfe since "Bonfire of the Vanities." Woolfe is all facade, and never moves inward. I love Brenda Cullerton's writing, in the book, and in her blog ([...]), where I discovered her upon the recommendation of James Wolcott. At the heart of the satire is beauty. It is a sublime humanness. I think she captures this in what at first one thinks will be a procedural novel about a killer. The "of the moment" device of Craigslist; but this Charlotte is popping off the villains in the service of a wound so deep as to be forever open. She is functioning in a world of treachery, just waiting to be triggered. Loss, over and over. The coda/postscript, is funny and macabre. And perfect. I am a fan forevah. Oh, and there is a lollipop sucking UPS guy, and a sly nod to the Madoffs, and so many other New York characters make cameo appearances in the neighborhood. The neighborhood of Cullerton's finely observed Manhattan.
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