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Quiet Dell

A Novel

By Jayne Anne Phillips, 1952-

From one of America’s most accomplished and acclaimed fiction writers, a spectacularly riveting novel based on a real-life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows— a story that has haunted Jayne Anne Phillips for more than four decades

In Chicago in 1931, Asta Eicher, mother of three, is lonely and despairing, pressed for money after the sudden death of her husband. She begins to receive seductive letters from a chivalrous, elegant man named Harry Powers, who promises to cherish and protect her, ultimately to marry her and to care for her and her children. Weeks later, all four Eichers are dead.

Emily Thornhill, one of the few women journalists in the Chicago press, becomes deeply invested in understanding what happened to this beautiful family, particularly to the youngest child, Annabel, an enchanting girl with a precocious imagination and sense of magic. Bold and intrepid, Emily allies herself with a banker who is wracked by guilt for not saving Asta. Emily goes to West Virginia to cover the murder trial and to investigate the story herself, accompanied by a charming and unconventional photographer who is equally drawn to the case.

Driven by secrets of their own, the heroic characters in this magnificent tale will stop at nothing to ensure that Powers is convicted. Mesmerizing and deeply moving, Quiet Dell is a tragedy, a love story, and a tour de force of obsession and imagination from one of America’s most celebrated writers.

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Publish Date

2013

ISBN

9781439172537


Format: Book
Author: Phillips, Jayne Anne, 1952-
Summary: In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of Asta Eicher and her three children and, obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, allies herself with the man funding the investigation.
Title: Quiet dell : a novel / Jayne Anne Phillips.
Publisher Date: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Subject: Women journalists -- Fiction Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) -- Fiction.
Isbn: 9781439172537 (Hardcover : alk. paper) 1439172536 (Hardcover : alk. paper)
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 2
System Items Total: 3
Call Number: F Phillips
Oclc: 841212620
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Bib Id: 455120

Format: Book
Author: Phillips, Jayne Anne, 1952-
Summary: In 1931, Emily Thornhill, one of the few women in the Chicago press, covers the murders of Asta Eicher and her three children and, obsessed with finding out what happened to this beautiful family, allies herself with the man funding the investigation.
Title: Quiet dell : a novel / Jayne Anne Phillips.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publisher, Date: New York : Scribner, 2013.
Description: xi, 445 pages ; 24 cm
Subjects: Women journalists -- Fiction
Subjects: Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction
Subjects: Chicago Metropolitan Area (Ill.) -- Fiction.
LCCN: 2013016013
ISBN: 9781439172537 (Hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1439172536 (Hardcover : alk. paper)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 2
Total Copies: 3
Call Number: F Phillips