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Summary

For the audience that read Maria Flook's New York Times bestseller, Invisible Eden, this is the extraordinary story of a high-stakes murder case set in the high society world of East Hampton - the playground of New York's superrich.

On October 22, 2001, handsome multimillionaire financier Ted Ammon was found bludgeoned to death in the magnificent East Hampton mansion he'd built with his beautiful - and volatile - wife, Generosa. She stood to make millions, but it wasn't the money that made Ted's friends suspicious: Generosa Ammon had a history of violent outbursts and bizarre obsessions.

A talented decorator, Generosa had fashioned a lavish lifestyle for her husband and their two children, divided between Fifth Avenue, the Long Island estate, and a manor house in England. But when Generosa discovered Ted had a mistress, her demons were unleashed.

She began a very public affair with Danny Pelosi, a strikingly handsome womanizer who was also her electrician. She called him her "tool belt guy." But he was also an ex-con with a mile-long rap sheet who was suspected of playing a pivotal role in Ted's murder and the final destruction of a once-perfect family.

In Almost Paradise, New York Times bestselling author Kieran Crowley, who has covered the Ammon case from the time it broke, recreates the three tumultuous lives that intersected fatally in East Hampton that fall. He tracks Generosa's lonely transformation from angry teenager - orphaned, unwanted, and abused - to temperamental Manhattan artist and Society Wife. He follows the rambunctious odyssey that transformed Danny Pelosi from banking executive's privileged son, to street fighter and down-on-his luck alcoholic, to unsuccessful contractor charged with murder. And he chronicles the charmed life and tragic death of Ted Ammon, whose money and status couldn't save him from the machinations of those around him and his ultimate brutal demise.

©2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved; 2005 Kieran Crowley

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  • IndyMcDuff
  • 11-02-18

Super true crime story, well done by all

Strong characters. Book drew me in from first paragraph to the very end.
I do remember when this happened, and thought back then "what a waste of a good man, and for what?

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  • sav
  • 04-01-18

Wow! This was a fascinating story!

I highly recommend this book, if you are interested in true crime that isn't very gory. I like crazy-but-true stories of family betrayal, greed and madness..and this has it all! This story has so much drama, but the author brought out the humanity of all the main players in this story (even terrible people can have surprisingly good qualities).
What I found unique about this author's storytelling is that, unlike many other writers of this genre, it doesn't rely heavily on court transcripts or easily found information as filler. I look forward to more titles by this author.

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  • Andy
  • 28-01-18

twists and turns a-plenty

This book had deep detail on the background of the characters and the journey from all is fine to things getting really bad. A true story, but read like fiction. Enjoyed it

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  • Diane Fahncke
  • 26-04-18

Sadly disappointed.

Would you try another book from Kieran Crowley and/or Danny Campbell?

Doubtful.

What could Kieran Crowley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Used more clean descriptive words instead of vile disgusting foul language.

What didn’t you like about Danny Campbell’s performance?

Not intriquing.

What character would you cut from Almost Paradise?

Danny

Any additional comments?

I was just so disappointed in the overall story line.

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  • Jacki Clark
  • 19-04-18

WOW!

I just finished the book and Wow! If this was fiction it would be way over the top and just unbelievable. The fact that this is a true story makes it sad and so much more interesting.

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  • susan
  • 07-04-18

What a sucker!

If you could sum up Almost Paradise in three words, what would they be?

Some men have more money than good sense.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The lengths he would go to for harmony.

Which scene was your favorite?

When she trashed forever the house she love and built.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Folks beware and keep your eye on your pocket no matter how rich you think you are.

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  • Tracy
  • 15-03-18

Engaging

She is now one of my favorite true crime authors and the performance keeps me interested and not bored, like some others do.

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  • STEPHANIE ATKINSON
  • 23-05-18

Hated the narration.

i couldnt get past the horrible narration. I stopped listening by 3rd chapter. I've tried to listen each time.. i stop after 5-6 mins. narrator is horrible n cheesy

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