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The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress - A Novel

Ariel Lawhon

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"Inspired by a real-life unsolved mystery, this mesmerizing novel features characters that make a lasting impression."--PEOPLE MAGAZINE "More meticulously choreographed than a chorus line. It all pays off."--THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW They say behind every great man, there's a woman. In this case, there are three. Stella Crater, the judge's wife, is the picture of propriety draped in long pearls and the latest Chanel. Ritzi, a leggy showgirl with Broadway aspirations, thinks moonlighting in the judge's bed is the quickest way off the chorus line. Maria Simon, the dutiful maid, has the judge to thank for her husband's recent promotion to detective in the NYPD. Meanwhile, Crater is equally indebted to Tammany Hall leaders and the city's most notorious gangster, Owney "The Killer" Madden. On a sultry summer night, as rumors circulate about the judge's involvement in wide-scale political corruption, the Honorable Joseph Crater steps into a cab and disappears without a trace. Or does he? After 39 years of necessary duplicity, Stella Crater is finally ready to reveal what she knows. Sliding into a plush leather banquette at Club Abbey, the site of many absinthe-soaked affairs and the judge's favorite watering hole back in the day, Stella orders two whiskeys on the rocks—one for her and one in honor of her missing husband. Stirring the ice cubes in the lowball glass, Stella begins to tell a tale—of greed, lust, and deceit. As the novel unfolds and the women slyly break out of their prescribed roles, it becomes clear that each knows more than she has initially let on. With a layered intensity and prose as effervescent as the bubbly that flows every night, The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress is a wickedly entertaining historical mystery that will transport readers to a bygone era with tipsy spins through subterranean jazz clubs and backstage dressing rooms. But beneath the Art Deco skyline and amid the intoxicating smell of smoke and whiskey, the question of why Judge Crater disappeared lingers seductively until

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ann Marie Lee

Length:

12h 2m


Chapters

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05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:29


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:49


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:12


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:56


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:08


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:57


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:39


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:43


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:30


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:08


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:37


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:02


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:47


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:57


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:33


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:20


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:45


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:06


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:34


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:21


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:58


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:10


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:00


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:59


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:39


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

07:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:16


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:18


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:03


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:00


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:41


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:45


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:16


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:39


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:20


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:16


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:39


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:24


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:25


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

06:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:02


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

07:54


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:18


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:51


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:29


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:02


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:50


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

07:35


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:49


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

05:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:44


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:27


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

08:21


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:50


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:15


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:06


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

05:14


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:48


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:34


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

07:33


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:40


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:17


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:01


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:33