A Novel (Jo Slater #1)
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.
Praise For Social Crimes: A Novel (Jo Slater #1)…
“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
Harper Paperbacks, 9780062259233, 352pp.
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
About the Author
Jane Stanton Hitchcock is the New York Times bestselling author of Mortal Friends, The Witches' Hammer, Social Crimes, and Trick of the Eye, as well as several plays. She lives with her husband, syndicated foreign-affairs columnist Jim Hoagland, in New York City and Washington, D.C.