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The Von Bülow Affair: The Objective Behind-the-Scenes Account of the Shocking Attempted Murder Case Kindle Edition
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“All the ingredients of the best Agatha Christie . . . A fascinating portrait of life among the very, very rich . . . Did Von Bülow have murder in his heart or was he framed? I sat up two nights reading to get the answer.” —Russell Baker
“[Wright] gives back to Sunny Von Bülow a measure of the dignity that was stolen from her.” —The New York Times
“For aficionados of tales of murder, this is one of the best, involving as it does, wealth, beauty, and high society. It proves once again that in the hands of an able craftsman, life is more compelling than art.” —Joseph P. Lash
“If you are partial to true crime tales, this is an unusually well-researched and well-written one.” —Cosmopolitan
About the Author
- Publication date : May 13, 2014
- File size : 4941 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media (May 13, 2014)
- Print length : 372 pages
- ASIN : B00JSFC0OC
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #378,231 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With every true crime book there is some exposition and background information about the main players. I found nothing compelling about Sunny Von Bulow and Claus Von Bulow. They were incredibly wealthy, attended elitist parties, traveled the world and had many servants. If that makes a person interesting then every wealthy person should have a book and/or a reality show. Let's retell this story with the Von Bulows being middle class. Now they attend parties not attended by princes and heirs but principals and hair dressers. Now they travel, not all over the world but maybe to their timeshare. Now their servants are the eldest of their children forced to help around the house. My point being, yes they are doing things ordinary people can't afford to but there's still no intrigue.
Even their personalities weren't noteworthy. Claus was a European socialite that loved rubbing shoulders with the elite. Sunny was an American heiress that was more of a recluse but otherwise ordinary. They did nothing that was unexpected of them.
The story heats up when Claus begins to have an affair. From that point on it is a series of events that lead up to Claus being tried for attempted murder. Much of the information that is divulged throughout the book gets repeated during the trial phase of the book which makes the trial phase redundant. And speaking of the trial phase, of the dozens of true crime books I've read, this is the first to mention the verdict at the very beginning. Granted it was a real event that many knew the outcome of but I didn't! Not only did I not know the verdict but it's just poor writing to tell the ending at the beginning.
Still, with the knowledge of the verdict I was interested to know how that verdict was garnered and the author, William Wright, probably understood that as well. If the rating scale was 10 I would have given it a 7 which would correlate to a 3.5. Since I can't give it a 3.5 I've rounded it up to a 4 out of 5.
The trial was also presented which was very interesting as I had seen the movie, Reversal of Fortune and wanted to see for myself if I agreed with Alan Dershowitz' defense in Von Bulow's appeal.The book provides additional information that was not included in the movie and that was what I was looking for when I read the book.
I found it to be interesting reading; though the book is rather thick, it doesn't take long to finish reading.