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Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito's Plot to Kill Hardcover – 20 Feb 2014

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"This is an engagingly told, eyebrow-raising story of a nice guy with a bad past; a manipulative, brazen almost-murderess; and thugs, both softhearted and heartless, that is spiced with trial excerpts and the intricacies of Florida's legal system." --Eloise Kinney, Bookist Online "Like a real-life story by James M. Cain, Poison Candy has a beautiful dame who's full of venom and a trusting mug who's too blinded by her charms to know she's taking him for all he's worth--or that she's planning to kill him. Told from the perspective of a tough-talking woman prosecutor, Elizabeth Parker, and veteran crime writer Mark Ebner, this tale of greed and manipulation in Palm Beach County is impossible to put down." --Nancy Jo Sales, Vanity Fair, author of The Bling Ring "Start with a South Florida trifecta of cash, cocaine, and call girls. Throw in Nancy Grace, street gangs, and even a cop reality show. Then top it off with an absorbing courtroom drama starring the beautiful aspiring black widow. A great read--and it's all true." --Roy Black, senior partner at Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf, P.A. and legal commentator "Elizabeth Parker presented a compelling case at trial, and now gives us all the juicy tidbits banned from the courtroom. Poison Candy proves the adage that truth is stranger than fiction. This is a must-read for true-crime aficionados." --Beth Karas, Legal Analyst and former Correspondent for Court TV's In Session "Not even Hollywood could come up with a character as evil and calculating as Dalia Dippolito! For anyone who wants to truly understand how diabolical criminals operate--and get away with what they do--Poison Candy is a must read. I couldn't put it down!" --Diane Dimond, investigative crime reporter and author "Poison Candy is an essential read. Destined to become a true crime classic." --Mandy Stadtmiller, XOJane.com "Elizabeth Parker, the prosecutor who convicted Dalia Dippolito, tells the behind-the-scenes story of what really happened behind the femme fatale sting and subsequent trial. One of Florida's most skilled and experienced criminal trial attorneys, she unfolds little known details of the case in a narrative that is rich with the insights of a veteran litigator and is very hard to put down. Parker and co-author Mark Ebner have produced a captivating account of one of Florida's most notorious cases." --Bob Butterworth, Former Florida Attorney General "The only thing more riveting than having experienced this already legendary Florida crime saga in real time is reliving it via Parker and Ebner's page-turner. Who needs fiction when you can devour Poison Candy?" --Billy Corben, director of Cocaine Cowboys, The U, and Raw Deal: A Question of Consent "If the Coen Brothers ever decide to do an up-to-date version of Billy Wilder's cynical, similarly caustic Ace in the Hole, they need look no further than Poison Candy." --George Hunka

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After receiving her juris doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1998, Elizabeth Parker began her career as an assistant state attorney in the Palm Beach County Florida State Attorney's Office. Since then, she served consecutively as the deputy chief of county court, the chief of the county court division and the domestic violence division. From January of 2009 until August of 2011, she held the position of chief assistant state attorney, in which Parker litigated high-profile cases. She has appeared on "Dateline, Snapped, Sins and Secrets, Nothing Personal, " and "In Session" for her role as the lead prosecutor in the Dalia Dippolito case. Parker opened her own victim advocacy and criminal defense firm in Palm Beach County, Florida, and has appeared on "Nancy Grace" and "In Session" as a legal analyst. Mark Ebner is an award-winning journalist and "New York Times" bestselling author of titles including "Hollywood, Interrupted," "Six Degrees of Paris Hilton," and "We Have Your Husband."

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Interesting look at the case, but some problems with the author's perspective and overall readability 13 Mar. 2014
By SWSS - Published on Amazon.com
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I first got interested in this case when I saw the COPS episode, then watched the many videos posted online. There is some interesting stuff in here to be sure (especially the first murder attempt using anti-freeze which didn't get as much publicity), and it is good to see how a prosecutor's office prepares for a big high profile case. I also appreciated that the author gave the defense attorney his due. He had the almost impossible job of trying to make chicken salad out of...well you know and he did the best he could given the facts of the case.

However...there are two major problems with the book:

1. The author doesn't mention until the epilogue that she is now in private practice and representing Michael Dippolito. This should have been mentioned right up front so the readers would be able to take her biases (and financial interest) into consideration when evaluating the way she treats Micheal in the book. While I don't think he deserved to have his wife try to have him killed, Micheal Dippolito is such a loser, such a horrible person, such a total con man, that I fail to have any sympathy for him at all and fail to believe any word that comes out of his mouth. Until the very end, he was trying to pull the long con, trying to do anything he could to somehow get off probation without actually paying back his victims through legitimate hard work.

2. Far too much of the chapters about the actual trial are simply cut and pastes of the trial transcript. Lazy writing to be sure and, worse for the reader, boring. I have sat through a trial as a juror. I did it because I had to, its not something I would choose to do in my leisure time. Reading page after page of trial transcript, or what amounts to basically the prosecutor's entire closing statement was mind-numbing. I would love to see what a good true crime author would have done with this trial.
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Disregard the "Fiction" Claims 5 Feb. 2014
By Ben Pumpiner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
It's amazing to me that people are posting reviews that this case is fiction. Get a computer and learn how to Google! It's absolutely a shockingly notorious case...the trial was broadcast live! You can YouTube her conversations with a undercover "Hitman", with the guy who turned her in, the ridiculous denials while being interviewed by police. The infamous video of her reaction to the staged murder scene. The jailhouse phone calls... The book is great to see the inside version of the prosecution. It's a very interesting read...not going to win any awards. But it's definitely not fiction, and for any review to claim otherwise is just absurd, incredibly ignorant, and misinformed beyond comprehension.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a can't put down book. Dalia must ... 5 July 2014
By N. Gruender - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a can't put down book. Dalia must be the poster child for sociopath. She manipulated and used every person in her life and then seemed clueless when she was caught red handed. The book is very well written and keeps you riveted to every page. Don't start unless you have some time to spend finishing it.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
great book ! 21 May 2014
By J. Cicero - Published on Amazon.com
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Tells much more of the story than you find on the internet or read about in the newspapers.

The book also takes you inside a criminal trial , and how it's so much more complex .
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Scam Artist Gets Scammed By His Wife, Nearly Losing His Life in the Process 11 Aug. 2014
By By CJs Pirate - Published on Amazon.com
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The premise was good but the writing relied heavily on transcripts which seemed "cold" when read. While the story itself was interesting and the woman involved very materialistic to the point she would do almost anything for "more", her greed was her downfall. While married to her husband she was busying herself with other men. When she burned through the husband's money she hired a hit man to kill her husband and take over any property which she could sell.

After figuring out how serious she was, one of the guys she was doing turn himself into the police in order to stop her. The police set up a fake crime scene of her husband's death.
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