To honor and obey

by Taylor, Lawrence, 1942-

Format: Print Book 1992
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Springdale Free Public Library Adult Nonfiction 364.1 TAYL
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
Call Number  364.1 TAYL
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "At 2 a.m. on November 22, 1988, 55-year-old Manhattan socialite Louann Fratt walked alone on the desolate streets of New York to reach her estranged husband's studio apartment. Shortly after her arrival, she fatally stabbed the millionaire executive, then returned to her apartment and calmly reported the murder to the police. Whether she committed premeditated murder or killed in self-defense was the question posed to a 12-member jury. Former attorney and well-regarded crime author Taylor fascinatingly recounts the highly publicized case by focusing on Louann's attorney, Michael Dowd, who had gained a reputation as a champion of women's rights by successfully defending many battered women. Dowd was pitted against a hotshot prosecutor who brought in a classic last-minute-surprise witness. Taylor skillfully builds suspense right until the final pages. A real page-turner, this is true-crime writing at its best, even though Louann Fratt's personality, motives, and temperament remain mysterious. ~--Sue-Ellen Beauregard"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "One fall dawn in 1988, wealthy Upper East Side Manhattanite Louann Fratt, mother of three, went to the apartment of her estranged husband, Charles, to whom she had been married for 30 years, and fatally stabbed him. After reporting her crime to the police, she retained as counsel scruffy-looking Michael Dowd, a downtown lawyer in every sense, famed for his pro bono defenses of battered women. The curious thing about this re-creation of a case of no particular true-crime excitement is that we learn more about Dowd than about the Fratts. Taylor ( Trail of the Fox ) only superficially probes the wife's life as depersonalized handmaiden to a demanding husband who discarded her in middle age for another woman. At trial, pleading self-defense against her husband's attempted rape, Louann Fratt was found not guilty. So intense is the book's concentration on Dowd, however, that we're told not only his every utterance but virtually his every thought about this case and his others as well. The book proves to be less a defense of the suspect than of her attorney, who, we learn in an epilogue, in 1990 was suspended from practice for five years for paying bribes to a politician, an injustice, argues Taylor, since Dowd was the whistle-blower. Photos. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Fratt, Louann.
Fratt, C. K. Poe.
Murder -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies.
Rape in marriage -- New York (State) -- New York -- Case studies.
Publisher New York :W. Morrow,1992
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 381 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0688098541
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