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Dancing with Death: The True Story of a Glamorous Showgirl, Her Wealthy Husband, and a Horrifying Murder Mass Market Paperback – 24 May 2011

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime; 1 edition (24 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312532288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312532284
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dancing with Death Hogan presents the true story of a glamorous showgirl, her wealthy husband, and a horrifying murder that shook Phoenix, Arizona, in 2004. Original. Full description

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rej Brown on 24 Aug. 2012
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Shannah is a super writer and i look forward to her next books. I believe that "Dancing With Death " is her debut? - she has a great career ahead of her writing "true crime" - which is a tough genre for all writers, it takes much dedication and nerve.

as an avid reader of "True Crime" and particularly as a fan of the wonderful Ann Rule and others - for more details about actual content see other reviewers - but all I can say is you will not be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By loobyloo on 10 Feb. 2013
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I absolutely loved this book. This is Shanna Hogan's debut book and I cannot wait for her to write another. Fantastically written. Would recommend this book to any fans of true crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By emma on 2 Oct. 2013
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This is the Authors first novel, and she makes a fine debut. The female killer, is highly money orientated. She is a strange character, and I became quite engrossed in the book. V good new crime writer
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
So happy Shanna Hogan is on the scene 22 July 2011
By E.P. Brookshire - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I hope that this new TC author Shanna Hogan will not just write this book since the story took place in her backyard and go back to her day job. She did an excellent job with this very convoluted case. I was already interested in this gruesome story due to what I believe was a 20/20 episode where they did a "Diary of a Showgirl" and kept a video camera with Marjorie Orbin in prison while she went through her trial. She is as evil as they come and not very bright although she would like to be seen that way. If you want to blame someone else for a murder you might want to do that from the start, not months later as you rack up the deceased's credit cards and even buy yourself a $10,000 grand piano. While I do agree with the other reviewer on here who laments there was no info about her childhood I didn't even miss it because there was just so much detailed information about the present. Interesting criminal, sad crime, feel sorry for little Noah and the Orbin family and am glad someone as cold as Marj Orbin sits in jail for life.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Excellent New true Crime Author!! 21 July 2011
By J. Sternberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The first few times I saw Shanna Hogan's true crime novel, Dancing with Death, on the shelf at Wal-mart I took a pass. I had two reasons for not wanting to read this book. The first was that I had seen Marjorie Orbin's episode of Snapped and thought I already knew all about the story. The second reason was that Dancing with Death is Shanna Hogan's first true crime novel. I am very picky about what true crime authors I will read. There are a ton of terrible TC books out there written by reporters who know how to report a story, but not how to turn it into a creative narrative where the characters come to life. When I finally decided to read Dancing with Death I was not disappointed! Shanna Hogan is a talented author who went far beyond just writing the facts. From the very first page I was riveted by this terribly sad story and soon realized that there was a lot more to it than what was depicted on a 60 -minute episode of Snapped.
By the time ex-stripper and former Vegas showgirl Marjorie Orbin settled down with her husband Jay she had already been married six previous times. Not that Jay was aware of that fact. Marjorie had led him and his family to believe that Jay was only her second husband and that she was a widow. Unfortunately, none of those claims were true. In fact, many of the things Marjorie told people were lies. She bent the truth whenever she had a chance to portray herself in a more positive light or to garner sympathy from whomever she was speaking too. Even if Jay Orbin knew the truth about Marjorie's lies he might not have cared. He was in love and had been for years. Marjorie was his dream woman and he would do whatever he could to make her his wife. Marjorie, who was drawn to wealthy men, knew a good deal when she saw one and made a deal with Jay. She would marry him if he would pay for the expensive fertility treatments she needed to endure in order to have a child. Of course, like many deals, this one had a deadline. If Marjorie did not become pregnant within the first year she would be able to walk away from Jay with no strings attached. Desperate to have Marjorie in his life Jay did everything he could to give his wife the child she so badly wanted. Marjorie became pregnant within a year and gave birth to a son. Now Marjorie was trapped. She needed to stay with Jay in order to live a comfortable life with her son. Yet, she insisted to anyone who asked that her marriage was more of a "deal" and that she was not at all romantically involved with her husband. In fact, she often described him as "overweight" and "disgusting" and spoke often of wanting to be rid of him. Then Jay Orbin disappeared. According to Marjorie, Jay embarked on a business trip never to be heard from again. Yet, she didn't seem all that concerned and it took her several weeks to report her husband missing. Rather than look for her missing husband, Marjorie was busy moving her new boyfriend into her house and telling her son that Larry would now be the boy's father. Not exactly the actions of a concerned wife. When Jay's dismembered body turns up in the desert several weeks after he was last seen the police start to zero in on Marjorie as her bizarre behavior takes on an even more sinister tone.
This story had all the elements of a modern tragedy. The portrait Shanna Hogan portrays of Jay Orbin is that of a generous man who loved his family, and relished life itself. Jay's affable character, and Marjorie's complete inability to recognize what a wonderful father and man he was, makes this story heartbreaking. Her need to tear Jay down to others and completely over exaggerate his physical flaws was disgusting. The pictures of Jay Orbin included in the book do not depict a "fat and disgusting" man, but an attractive man with a warm smile Hogan thoroughly researched Marjorie Orbin's past and creates a chilling portrait of a sociopath whose only concern in life is her own wants and needs. Although Marjorie is described as a devoted mother her relationship is overly controlling where her son is treated more like a possession than a child. The marriage itself only existed in order for Marjorie to gain the things she wanted, but needed Jay to provide. From the minute she met Jay Orbin Marjorie used him for his wealth without ever thinking about the actual man she was destroying. He was a means to an end and when she was finished with him she threw him away like trash, literally. The list of casualties who suffered at Marjorie's hands is enormous. Many lives were destroyed in her wake of destruction. What amazed me was her ability to use her beauty and charm to manipulate those around her, even while in prison. Shanna Hogan was able to meet with Marjorie Orbin after her conviction to try and get her side of the story. The author writes that she too was drawn to Marjorie's personality and easily manipulated by the complements Marjorie lavished upon her. Unlike others in Marjorie's life Shanna Hogan was able to get some distance from Marjorie, which allowed her to look back and see the cunning sociopath Marjorie Orbin really is. I found that portion of the book to be perhaps the most chilling.
I definitely recommend Dancing with Death to anyone who loves a good true crime novel full of drama, twists and turns. The book is very well written and pulls the reader into the investigation and trial of Marjorie Orbin. The sad thing is knowing that this is a true story. Jay Orbin was a real person who left behind a son. His son now has to go through life without the father who loved him so dearly. The callousness of that act is heartbreaking.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great read 19 July 2011
By rebecca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a great first book for the author. I had trouble putting the book down and would recommend it to friends who like true crime type books. I'm glad we now have another author I can depend on to bring me a great read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I couldn't put it down !!! 10 April 2012
By YellowBug - Published on Amazon.com
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I read ONLY true crime books and this was one of the best I have read in a long time. It was so interesting and well written. Great read !!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
great writing! 16 July 2013
By Kathleen J. - Published on Amazon.com
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I didn't know who this author was until I watched the Arias trial. More out of curiosity I decided to buy this book. Hogan does a great job of telling this true crime story. I look forward to reading more from her.
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