St. Martin's Griffin
"It's the party of the year, and it's a funeral."
Charlotte Delacorte overheard the comment outside Saint Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue. She didn't recognize the woman who made the callous remark and could only assume she was one of the new breed of vile gossip columnists who had descended upon New York like locusts.
"The world is going to hell in a handbasket," her newly deceased mother-in-law had often said.
Now, all of New York had turned out to pay its respects to the late Geraldine Delacorte. The line of people waiting to get inside stretched