The Prince of Paradise

The Prince of Paradise

The True Story of A Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and A Ruthless Murder

Book - 2013
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"Ben Novack, Jr. was born into a life of luxury and opulence. Heir to the legendary Fontainebleau hotel, he spent his childhood surrounded by some of the world's biggest stars, including Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Elvis Presley, and Ann-Margret, who performed regularly at the Fontainebleau's La Ronde Room. He sat by while his parents entertained presidents and movie stars, as they reigned over Miami Beach in the '50's and '60's, and when the family business went sour he became wealthy in his own right, founding a multi-million dollar business using connections he made at the Fontainebleau. But Ben, Jr.'s luxurious, celebrity-studded lifestyle would end in another hotel room--a thousand miles away from the one where he grew up--when police found him bound up in duct tape, beaten to death. Seven years earlier, police found Novack in an eerily similar situation--when his wife Narcy duct-taped him to a chair for twenty-four hours and robbed him. Claiming it was a sex game, he never pressed charges and never followed through with a divorce. Now prosecutors claimed Narcy let the vicious killers into the room and watched as they beat her husband with dumbbells. They also suspected she was involved in the horrendous death of Novack's mother, just three months before. But it would be Narcy's own daughter who implicated her to the police--in this twisted case of passion, perversion, and paradise lost."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250035721
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 GLATT
Characteristics: ix, 434 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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Nov 20, 2015

What I really liked about this book in addition to the true crime aspect was the rich history of the legendary Fontainebleau Hotel that dominated the skyline of Miami Beach. The first 100 pages or so are dedicated to how and why it was built, its rise to prominence and the owner's downfall as the city fell on hard times in the 1970s. Growing up surrounded by so much corruption and greed, it's no surprise that Ben Novack Jr. ended up they way he did. And with the exception of his mother Bernice, there is no likable character in this book, which makes this such a riveting read!

May 13, 2014

Bad people doing bad things. Depressing story that I couldn't even finish. Poor writing, very flat, and not told in a very fluid fashion. And poor editing. Misspelled names and at one point a whole paragraph was repeated.

Apr 03, 2014

A real life story of ill formed characters, disastrous choices, and their consequences. I hope it educates some of us!

d2013 May 19, 2013

Heir to the legendary Fontainbleu in Miami Beach in the 50's & 60's, Ben Novack, Jr. grew up surrounded by the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack, Ann Margaret and Elvis but through it all it was a very sad life and a bad ending. Good page turner.


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