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The wayward son of a revered Civil War general, Roland Molineux enjoyed good looks, status, and fortune - hardly the qualities of a prime suspect in a series of shocking, merciless cyanide killings. Molineux's subsequent indictment for murder led to two explosive trials and a sex-infused scandal that shocked the nation.

Bringing to life Manhattan's Gilded Age, Schechter captures all the colors of the tumultuous legal proceedings, gathering his own evidence and tackling subjects no one dared address at the time - all in hopes of answering a tantalizing question: what powerfully dark motives could drive the wealthy scion of an eminent New York family to murder?

©2007 Harold Schechter (P)2017 Tantor

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A Book Without an Accompanying Wiki Page Is Always A Treat

True Crime fever has swept the nation and between podcasts and websites it's hard to find an American crime story that hasn't been rehashed a thousand times in as many ways.

The Devil's Gentleman is one exception. The information presented in this book can not be found as a whole elsewhere, only scraps of articles and legal documents. Schechter's research is extensive and presenting in an entertaining unbiased manner.

I can't recommend it enough to anyone who loved Starvation Heights, the Mad Sculptor, and anything by Erik Larson.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Narrative History Does Not Get Any Better.

Would you listen to The Devil's Gentleman again? Why?

Absolutely. Many subtle details I want to listen to again.

What other book might you compare The Devil's Gentleman to and why?

Devil in a White City. Not sure I have the title right.

What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

The unhurried, melodic, contemplative, lilting pattern and register.

If you could give The Devil's Gentleman a new subtitle, what would it be?

No alternative title necessary. Perhaps, The Devil and his Disingenuous Mistress.

Any additional comments?

Superb listen. If the reader knows of one nearly as good, please post title in response to this review.

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The first crime of the century

Would you listen to The Devil's Gentleman again? Why?

What made this audiobook so fascinating to me was the suspense as the story unfolded. Now that I know how it turned out, I might still listen to it again paying more attention to the many interesting details the author provided to enrich his narrative.

What did you like best about this story?

The author did not just tell a story. He placed it the context of history as a precursor to the sensationalism surrounding celebrity crime today. Before OJ, Phil Spector, Robert Blake, and Conrad Murray, there were the trials of a psychopathic poisoner son of a revered general. The 'yellow' newspapers reported on them fervently feeding America's new obsession. The characters are finely drawn and there are even a few surprises that await the listener.

Have you listened to any of Sean Runnette’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have never heard any of his ther performances but I did enjoy his style, more so as the story progressed and I got used to his voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could have easily, but that would have made it less enjoyable to me. It's a long story filled with so many interesting details and so better to listen to in sessions.

Any additional comments?

Great story with a good amount of insight into the characters.

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This goes into ALOT of detail.

it can get tedious and run out at many points. Get prepared a little boredom. but I recommend it.

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Very interesting

I enjoyed learning how investigations were conducted in that day and time. without giving away spoilers they do let you know what happens to everyone after the conclusion of the trial and I really like learning about what happened in their lives because you get invested in the the people you are learning about.

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Great detail

I love stories that go extensively into the detail that occurred prior to the actual event that generated the story. The writing is excellent and the story quite enjoyable.