By Joe McGinniss
At thirty-nine, Nancy Kissel had all of it: glamour, gusto, garishly flaunted wealth, and the royal way of life of the expatriate spouse. let alone 3 youngsters and what a pal defined as "the top marriage within the universe."
That marriage -- to Merrill Lynch and previous Goldman Sachs funding banker Robert Kissel -- ended unexpectedly one November evening in 2003 within the bed room in their luxurious condominium excessive above Hong Kong's glittering Victoria Harbour.
Hong Kong prosecutors, who charged Nancy with homicide, acknowledged she desired to inherit Rob's thousands and begin a brand new lifestyles with a blue-collar lover who lived in a brand new Hampshire trailer park.
She acknowledged she'd killed in self-defense whereas combating for her lifestyles opposed to an abusive, cocaine-addicted husband who had pressured her for years to undergo his brutal sexual demands.
Her 2005 trial, lasting for months and wealthy in lurid element, captivated Hong Kong's expatriate group and attracted realization world wide. under a yr after the jury of 7 chinese language voters lower back its unforeseen verdict, Rob's brother, Andrew, a Connecticut actual property rich person dealing with felony for fraud and embezzlement, was once additionally came upon useless: stabbed within the again within the basement of his multimillion-dollar Greenwich mansion by way of individual or folks unknown.
Never sufficient is the harrowing real tale of those brothers, Robert and Andrew Kissel, who grew up desirous to personal the realm yet in its place wound up murdered part an international aside; and of Nancy Kissel, a riddle wrapped within an enigma, a latest American lady for whom having all of it will possibly not were enough.
In this singularly compelling narrative, Joe McGinniss -- previous grasp at exposing the darkish middle of the yankee kin within the bestsellers deadly imaginative and prescient, Blind religion, and harsh Doubt -- explores his darkest and most annoying topic but: a wise and gorgeous kinfolk so corroded via greed that it destroys itself from within.
Here is a kinfolk saga virtually biblical in its tragic share yet dazzlingly smooth in style -- and totally unstoppable in its pulsating narrative force. From the shimmering skyscrapers and greed-drenched bustle of Hong Kong to the moneyed hush and hauteur of backcountry Greenwich, McGinniss lures readers irresistibly ahead, as this twisted story of ambition long gone mad and love long gone undesirable rushes to its poor, inexorable end.