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New York Times bestselling author Jane Stanton Hitchcock's Social Crimes is a riveting thriller of manners, obsession, and revenge that scales the heights and plumbs the depths of the New York social scene. When Jo Slater, one of New York's premier socialites and a patron of the arts, befriends a French countess, she ignores warnings from friends about the mysterious newcomer. Soon, the young woman knocks Jo off her Park Avenue throne. But using her knowledge of the greatest historical swindle of all time--a true story involving Marie Antoinette--Jo sets out to reclaim her fortune and her place in society. For the plan to work, however, she must resort to the most desperate of measures: murder. Social Crimes is a savvy social satire bursting with money, betrayal, and passion that will thrill readers of sophisticated mysteries.

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"She writes with the perception of one who knows her territory well. The conversations are witty, lethal, and right on target.... It kept me up very late at night." "This novel's got everything---passion, betrayal, money, obsession, and murder. It's the book Patricia Highsmith and Edith Wharton might have written together." "A quintessential beach book. Readers of The Nanny Diaries will lap this up." "Riveting...Hitchcock draws upon her intimate knowledge of the upper echelon to expose the dark secrets of a rarified society." "Fois gras, champagne, a famous pearl necklace, and socialites at each other's throats. Great fun." "If you combined the dark imagination of Patricia Highsmith with the social savvy of Truman Capote, the result might be Social Crimes. A gripping story, Hitchcock's wonderful new novel will keep you enthralled to the last exhilarating page." "Hitchock's mysteries are savvy social satires and well-constructed clocks, ticking down to nail-biting climaxes."--New York Post "Foie gras, champagne, a famous pearl necklace, and socialites at each other's throats. What more could you ask for? Great fun."--Christopher Buckley "Thrums with wicked wit and an insider's view of court life in the Manhattan and Southampton of the twenty-first century. Hitchcock has seen it and lived it and shares all. She has a keen eye and a perfect ear."--Marie Brenner Hitchock s mysteries are savvy social satires and well-constructed clocks, ticking down to nail-biting climaxes. --New York Post" This novel s got everything--passion, betrayal, money, obsession, murder. It s the book Patricia Highsmith and Edith Wharton might have written together. --"Washingtonian"" Sophisticated entertainment for readers with a taste for luxury and a peeping-Tom urge to spy on high society. --"New York Observer"" Ruth Rendell meets Dominick Dunne in this deliciously dark and witty novel about social climbing and murder. --"Library Journal"" Foie gras, champagne, a famous pearl necklace, and socialites at each other s throats. What more could you ask for? Great fun. --Christopher Buckley" Thrums with wicked wit and an insider s view of court life in the Manhattan and Southampton of the twenty-first century. Hitchcock has seen it and lived it and shares all. She has a keen eye and a perfect ear. --Marie Brenner" "Ruth Rendell meets Dominick Dunne in this deliciously dark and witty novel about social climbing and murder."--Library Journal "Sophisticated entertainment for readers with a taste for luxury and a peeping-Tom urge to spy on high society."--New York Observer "This novel's got everything--passion, betrayal, money, obsession, murder. It's the book Patricia Highsmith and Edith Wharton might have written together."--Washingtonian

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