Never Enough Mass Market Paperback – 29 Jul 2008
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"Readers have a real treat waiting for them in Joe McGinniss's latest book."
-"Washington Post Book World"
"It's riveting and compulsively readable...McGinniss patiently unravels the case with plenty of fresh reporting..."
"This is a mesmerizing tale, with more twists and turns than most steamy crime novels. The irony of two wasted lives makes this cautionary tale perfect reading for a chilly autumn evening."
"McGinniss brilliantly deconstructs the highly dysfunctional Kissels...you can't argue with his ability to tell a good story. Readers of "Never Enough" get front-row seats to someone else's family horror fest."
"McGinniss...makes it absorbingly believable."
-"New York Daily News"
"In McGinniss's compelling account, the Kissel family -- full of potential but riven by endless battles among the brothers and their sister and father -- represent the American tragedy in which ambition and the pursuit of wealth turn deadly."
-"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Joe McGinniss Jr. is the author of "Carousel Court" and "The Delivery Man. "He lives in Washington, DC, with his family. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book tells the story of two good-looking, well-educated, highly intelligent brothers, Robert and Andrew Kissel. Both grew up under the thumb of Bill Kissel, a wealthy entrepreneur, who was an extremely domineering and harsh father. Robert Kissel, the younger brother, grew up to be a brilliant and successful investment banker. He married Nancy Keeshin, a college dropout working as a waitress at the time that they met. Andrew, the older brother, grew up to be a real estate developer. He married Hayley Wolff, a well-educated stock analyst and former world class skier.
The book focuses primarily of Robert's story, with Andrew as the secondary story, which pretty much mirrors the way life treated them. Robert's story is the more interesting one, as it has many juicy elements, such as marital infidelity, a fascinating foreign city in which the murder took place, and the glamorous life style of wealthy ex-pats , all laid out against the backdrop of some gothic family drama. Andrew's story, on the other hand, is more pathetic. He simply turned to a life of crime, lived way beyond his means, and embezzled money from the cooperative apartment building in which he lived.
The author skillfully outlines the events that led to the murders. In Robert's case, his wife's infidelity and her obsession with Michael Del Priore, her blue-collar lover, prompted her to do the unspeakable.Read more ›
Nancy was an utter piece of work that at times seemed to live in her own little parallel universe. As usual with true murder cases involving the very rich they have everything and still want more.....never satisfied. She especially upset me over Rob's 40th birthday...I had to laugh too at how many times she said her ribs were broken. Seems they were permanently in pieces !!
I hope their kids are managing alright. I'm pleased they're away from immediate Kissel influence. It may possibly be their salvation.
I spotted a couple of apostrophe errors and one horrendous spelling of Greenwich as Green-which that was pretty frightful but that was about it. And once again Simon & Schuster have THAT cover issue they're yet to resolve as well which never ceases to irritate me.
Rob works nights and weekends and is on the road a lot chasing after the b-goddess of monetary success (and perhaps some other things as well). Nancy has a Chinese housekeeper to pick up after her and a Filipina nanny to take care of the children. She spends most of her time shopping at expensive stores. The "never enough" in the title refers to both of them. Rob can never make enough money and Nancy can never buy enough worldly trinkets to satisfy the emptiness of her life.
Some years ago I read and reviewed Joe McGinniss' splendid true crime tale "Fatal Vision" about Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald who murdered his wife and two daughters. It is considered one of the classics of the genre. "Never Enough" is almost as good. It is a compelling read, the kind that will keep you up all night.
McGinniss employs a straightforward, unembellished style that concentrates the reader's attention on the facts as he has learned them through an obviously lengthy research effort and on the personalities of the players. He has reconstructed much of the dialogue and quoted from primary sources. McGinniss doesn't explain his methods but the result is an immersion into the life of two families set on self-destruction through murder, adultery, child neglect, drug abuse, forgery, criminal fraud, hate, unseemly fights over money, alcoholism, greed, and just plain stupidity.Read more ›
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