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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: The Fall of the House of Walworth

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Murder and Madness in Saratoga's Gilded Age by Geoffrey O'Brien

From the publisher:

In the tradition of The Devil in the White City comes a spell-binding tale of madness and murder in a nineteenth century American dynasty

On June 3, 1873, a portly, fashionably dressed, middle-aged man calls the Sturtevant House and asks to see the tenant on the second floor. The bellman goes up and presents the visitor's card to the guest in room 267, returns promptly, and escorts the visitor upstairs. Before the bellman even reaches the lobby, four shots are fired in rapid succession.

Eighteen-year-old Frank Walworth descends the staircase and approaches the hotel clerk. He calmly inquires the location of the nearest police precinct and adds, "I have killed my father in my room, and I am going to surrender myself to the police."

So begins the fall of the Walworths, a Saratoga family that rose to prominence as part of the splendor of New York's aristocracy. In a single generation that appearance of stability and firm moral direction would be altered beyond recognition, replaced by the greed, corruption, and madness that had been festering in the family for decades.

Publishing 7/20/2010 by Henry Holt & Co.

6 comments:

Jill said...

Oh, you've hooked me! I'm going to have to read this one, too...great pick!

Jan von Harz said...

Dynasty novels always a good choice!Sounds exciting.

Carin said...

Jan, it's actually non-fiction! Interesting how many huge news-getters and "crime of the century"s and famous scions are lost to history in short order.

Alayne said...

Oooh this looks absolutely fabulous! Great pick. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

Crystal said...

Very interesting - I will have to put this on my list.

Diane said...

I was just thinking that this reminds me of Devil in the White City, when it saw it is compared to it. Excellent find Carin.