English-born JOHN GLATT is the author of more than twenty bestselling true crime novels, including Playing with Fire, Secrets in the Cellar, The Lost Girls. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs--including tea boy and messenger--before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English newspapers, then in 1981 moved to New York, where he joined the staff for News Limited and freelanced for publications including Newsweek and the New York Post. His first book, a biography of Bill Graham, was published in 1981, and he published For I Have Sinned, his first book of true crime, in 1998. He has appeared television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, Current Affair, BBC World, and A&E Biography. He and his wife Gail divide their time between New York City, the Catskill Mountains and London.
From the provocative opening sentence ("When retired police chief James Scarberry heard in July 2009 that Ben Novack Jr. had been brutally murdered, with his eyes gouged out, he was not surprised."), true-crime veteran Glatt (Love Her to Death) grabs the reader's attention. With a perfect amount of detail, he traces the sad life of Novack-whose father, Ben Sr., founded Miami Beach's legendary Fountainebleau Hotel-from an unhappy childhood to his death in 2009 at the age of 53. This is no whodunit-the path that ended with Novack's savage slaying in a Hilton in Rye, N.Y., was a long one, and he wasn't the only victim; just months before, Novack's wife, Narcy, a former stripper determined to take control of the family's assets (including Novack's warehouse of valuable Batman memorabilia), orchestrated the brutal killing of his mother, Bernice. In fact, it was a medical examiner's incredible ruling that the severe head trauma sustained by Bernice was an accident that allowed Narcy to go free long enough to plan her husband's murder. This gripping account is proof that truth can be stranger-and far more disturbing-than fiction. 8-page b&w photo insert. Agents: Jane Dystel and Miriam Goderich, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"From the provocative opening sentence ('When retired police chief James Scarberry heard in July 2009 that Ben Novack Jr. had been brutally murdered, with his eyes gouged out, he was not surprised.'), true-crime veteran Glatt grabs the reader's attention. With a perfect amount of detail, he traces the sad life of Novack--whose father, Ben Sr., founded Miami Beach's legendary Fountainebleau Hotel--from an unhappy childhood to his death in 2009 at the age of 53. . . . This gripping account is proof that truth can be stranger--and far more disturbing--than fiction." --Publishers Weekly "One of the finest true crime craftsmen writing today." --Harold Goldberg, VH1.com "How do you say 'juicy' in French." --People Magazine on The Royal House of Monaco "A real guilty Pleasure." --Entertainment Weekly on The Royal House of Monaco