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The Mad Sculptor: The Maniac, the Model, and the Murder that Shook the Nation by [Harold Schechter]
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“The Mad Sculptor is as gripping as the cleverest Golden Age mystery….Mr. Schechter outdoes himself.” —Wall Street Journal

“Ambitious, bold, and evocative, Schechter’s storytelling grabs the reader in a similar manner to Capote’s searing In Cold Blood.” —Publishers Weekly

“Grisly…The novelist Raymond Chandler listed it as No. 3 on his compilation of the 10 greatest crimes of the century.” New York Times

“This fascinating tale of a charismatic and savvy madman will thrill historical true crime fans.” —Library Journal

“Schechter adds another page-turner to his stable of atmospheric, highly readable true-crime works.” Booklist

“Harold Schechter, arguably America’s foremost historian of the macabre, has unearthed one of the most fascinating—and terrifying—horrors of the Depression era. You’ve probably never heard of the artist Robert Irwin or the beautiful model Veronica Gedeon. After reading Schechter’s visceral telling of their story, you’ll never be able to forget them.” —Douglas Perry, author of Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero

“A righteously disturbing chronicle of a madman/artist and his deviant life, Schechter again produces a heavyweight. Meticulously researched and eloquently delivered, The Mad Sculptor is a wild ride into a savage crime in 1930s New York.”Steve Miller, author of Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in America’s Loudest City

“Harold Schechter has unveiled another sensational murder with a cast of characters that might have stepped from a novel by Dostoyevsky.  Schechter’s absorbing narrative will fascinate everyone with an interest in New York in the twentieth century.” —Simon Baatz, author of For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago

“A lurid summer read…[The Mad Sculptor] is more than a mere real-life thriller; it's a gritty glimpse at American dreams descending into nightmare.” —The Times Picayune

About the Author

Harold Schechter is a professor of American literature at Queens College, CUNY. He is best known for his historical true-crime writing and for reference works such as The A-to-Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers.

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  • ASIN : B00E3E4XMU
  • Publisher : Amazon Publishing (February 18, 2014)
  • Publication date : February 18, 2014
  • Language : English
  • File size : 21446 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 370 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 268 ratings

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