OVERRIDE

Hastened to the Grave

The Gypsy Murder Investigation

Jack Olsen

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They were a notorious gypsy family that seeped into their victims' lives like a deadly cancer. And they couldn't be stopped-- until one courageous woman took on the cases no one else would touch...

THE VICTIMS:
Elderly, well-to-do men and women who, due to their failing health, strength, and faculties, could be conned out of their fortunes by heinous neglect, abuse, and possibly even murder.

THE ACCUSED:
Several members of a ruthless family of Gypsies known for their cunning con-games and remarkable ability to extract large sums of money from their unwitting pawns.

THE INVESTIGATOR:
Fay Faron, a beautiful, never-say-die P.I., determined to bring these culprits to justice-- even when the authorities turned a blind eye to the Gypsies' crimes time and time again.

In this shattering expose, bestselling author Jack Olsen follows Fay Faron as she retraces every step of the Gypsy family and the crimes they stand accused of: moving in on their helpless prey, extorting money, signing the fortunes of elderly millionaires into their own names-- and speeding up the death process with sadistic neglect, slow poison, and unspeakable cruelty. Not since Peter Maas' King of the Gypsies has the world of Gypsy crime been exposed in such shocking detail and with more fascinating insight.

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  1An Easy TouchFAY FARON ALWAYS answered her phone with a cheery “Rat Dog Dick!” even though she was well aware that some of her callers would gladly garrote her and feed her to the crabs off Pier 45. When she’d first established her one-woman detective agency, she tried answering in a businesslike contralto to create the impression that she employed a receptionist, but a friend complained that she sounded like a table dancer.This morning’s caller was Ken Chan, her lawyer and favorite client, asking if she could drop into his office on busy Union Street to discuss
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Praise for Hastened to the Grave

"Jack Olsen's particular gift is his ability to illuminate the souls of his characters."--Jonathan Kellerman

"A jaw-dropping true account."--The New York Times Book Review

"[A] brisk, well-researched treatment of murders most foul."--Publishers Weekly

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jack Olsen

  • Jack Olsen is the author of thirty books published in fourteen countries. A former bureau chief for Time, he has written for Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, People, Paris Match, and Reader's Digest. He has won the National Headliners Award, citations for excellence from Columbia and Indiana Universities, three Edgar Award nominations, and the 1990 Edgar for Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell. He lives on an island in Washington's Puget Sound with his wife and two children.
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