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An Unexplained Death

The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere
Narrated by: Mikita Brottman
Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
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This program is read by the author. An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere - a once-grand hotel - and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism.

“The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word ‘Missing’, printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and tux.”   

Most people would keep walking. Maybe they’d pay a bit closer attention to the local news that evening. Mikita Brottman spent 10 years sifting through the details of the missing man’s life and disappearance and his purported suicide by jumping from the roof of her own apartment building, the Belvedere.   

As Brottman delves into the murky circumstances surrounding Rey Rivera’s death - which begins to look more and more like a murder - she contemplates the nature of and motives behind suicide and uncovers a haunting pattern of guests at the Belvedere, when it was still a historic hotel, taking their own lives on the premises. Finally, she fearlessly takes us to the edge of her own morbid curiosity and asks us to consider our own darker impulses and obsessions.

©2018 Mikita Brottman (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Unusual Style and very well written

Very interesting book but not what I expected at all. Makita is a very fine author. She keeps the reader interested in the topic without a problem. She isn’t shy discussing her vulnerabilities. And she shares an in depth knowledge of a topic that I had never considered and I found that fact strangely enlightening.

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Fascinating story and superb writing.

Enthralling story. I love the way the writer weaves in and out of the Rivera story with personal observations and other morbid curiosities in general. Fascinating storytelling of a number of mysterious deaths at the Belvedere Hotel. Not a big fan of the narrator's voice or sound quality of the recording, but the story and writing was engaging enough to get past it.