The Valentino Affair: The Jazz Age Murder Scandal That Shocked New York Society and Gripped the World

The Valentino Affair The Jazz Age Murder Scandal That Shocked New York Society and Gripped the World Few of silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino s adoring fans knew that he got his start by trying to escape a dirty secret The lurid tale began in when notorious playboy Jack de Saulles made he

  • Title: The Valentino Affair: The Jazz Age Murder Scandal That Shocked New York Society and Gripped the World
  • Author: Colin Evans
  • ISBN: 9780762791491
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Few of silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino s adoring fans knew that he got his start by trying to escape a dirty secret The lurid tale began in 1912 when notorious playboy Jack de Saulles made headlines by marrying the beautiful young heiress Blanca Err zuriz After the birth of their son, though, Jack was chasing every chorus girl on Broadway By 1916, Blanca wantedFew of silent film heartthrob Rudolph Valentino s adoring fans knew that he got his start by trying to escape a dirty secret The lurid tale began in 1912 when notorious playboy Jack de Saulles made headlines by marrying the beautiful young heiress Blanca Err zuriz After the birth of their son, though, Jack was chasing every chorus girl on Broadway By 1916, Blanca wanted a divorce and discovered that one of her husband s mistresses was the dance partner of Rodolfo Guglielmi, a professional tango dancer Blanca cultivated the young performer, and the ambitious Italian gave evidence on her behalf in divorce court Furious, de Saulles had Guglielmi arrested on trumped up vice charges, tarnishing the dancer s reputation Then, one sweltering August night when it looked like de Saulles wasn t going to share custody of their son, Blanca shot him dead Her family hired the best defense lawyer, who savaged de Saulles s reputation and painted Blanca as a saint During the most sensational trial of the decade, millions devoured the details of how the high society marriage had unraveled Guglielmi, who had already fled to California to avoid poisonous publicity, changed his name to Rudolph Valentino and became Hollywood history.

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    1. Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher through .True crime is a more nuanced genre in books than one might initially think. You have the boilerplate more modern true crime, of the variety that often gets turned into basic cable films. Then you also have the more grisly, horrific-detail-driven true crime books that make you want to take a shower…with Lysol, bleach and industrial grade scrubber and then seek therapy. Of course, true crime of the rich and famous is al [...]

    2. It is hard to believe this is a true story and not a fictional novel. The story sure is the stuff of fiction sometimes just unbelievable that it is true. In fact, I would have blasted the author saying the story was not believable if it was fiction. I guess I have to reconsider that parameter in the future. The book is written in two parts. The first part is the telling of the story. Wow, what a story it is. It was hard to put the book down. If you like crime novels, you'll enjoy this true story [...]

    3. "The Valentino Affair"I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher through Since I am an avid reader of historical non-fiction and historical fiction spanning a time period from 1890 to 1940, this was the perfect book for me. It met all my criteria for reading. I found it to be a well-written and researched book. "The Valentino Affair" is about a high profile crime case of 1917 involving 'playboy' Jack DeSaulles and his wife Blanca Errazuriz De Saulles. Until this book, I had never he [...]

    4. This was a giveaway advance reading copy. An interesting book on a period in American history when rich white woman could murder their husbands and get away with it. Although not remembered today, the murder trial of Blanca de Saulles in the death of her husband Jack was lurid newspaper fodder that’s captured the attention of millions. The author’s extensive research gives a good accounting of the nature of the times and the lives of upper class women. The in-depth coverage of the trial may [...]

    5. The title of this book is slightly misleading since there is little about Rudolph Valentino or an affair. Instead we have a society murder in which the wife kills the husband in front of several witnesses. Blanca deSaulles is the beautiful, wealthy Chilean wife of New York playboy, Jack deSaulles who married her for her money. When he finds that much of it is tied up in real estate and trusts, he is, to say the least, unhappy and begins his life as "Broadway Jack", wining and dining all the beau [...]

    6. This is an ARC obtained through First Read giveaway. If not for the twisted relationship between Jack de Saulles, American playboy, and his wealthy, much younger, Chilean wife Blanca Errazuriz de Saulles, there might never have been a Rudolph Valentino. Although Valentino was a small part of the book, it is true that he was an essential part of the de Saulles divorce case. I highly recommend this book to lovers of true crime novels. The writing is remarkably clear, the author bringing to life t [...]

    7. I enjoyed the book but the title is misleading it had little to do with Rudolph Valentino. The author did a commendable job of telling the story of two despicable people. Neither Jack or Blanca were very likable, I would not say he deserved what he got but it comes close. The lawyers were the most interesting characters in the drama that played out. If there were "Law and Order" back in the beginning of the 20th century this would have been one of their hot stories!!!! Good for TV and tabloids.

    8. Author makes excellent use of news reports to craft this history of the Jack de Saulles shooting and the subsequent trial of his wife, Blanca, for murder. The trial narrative is objective, careful, and well-crafted; given that most of the official documents were lost it's probably the best narrative we're likely to get on the De Saulles case. The sourcing for the idea that Blanca de Saulles was the love of Rudolph Valentino's life is iffy.

    9. It took me a while to get into the book. Once it got to the juicy parts I was hooked. I love the time period so getting a different view of what it was like was great. This is a book of the history buffs and those true crime novel lovers. I received this book through First Reads.

    10. i love reading about older crimes and this one fit the bill. I know I saw some complaints that the title was deceiving and while it does seem the "Valentino Affair" was brief, if existent at all, it did play a role and the author did better than most in telling more than one story at a time

    11. 3.5 starsA well-written piece covering an early 20th century murder that more broadly paints how wealthy Americans operated in society and within the justice system. An interesting, credible and well-written book.

    12. Good book not much in it about Rudolph Valentino but good if you are interested in true crime & that time period in history.

    13. Great insight into Valentino's life and scandals. He actually comes across as a decent, intelligent man: words you don't often hear attached to the name of the Sheike Latin Lover.

    14. This book was awful. To use the word "shocked" in a description of it should only refer to how boring it is.

    15. I wouldn't recommend - about 1/2 way through I struggled to finish. This book as little to nothing to do with Valentino, by the way!

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