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The Prince of Paradise

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

John Glatt

St. Martin's True Crime

A MILLIONAIRE PLAYBOY

Ben Novack, Jr. was born into a hotel empire, Miami’s lavish Fontainbleau. But his luxurious, celebrity-studded lifestyle would ironically end in another hotel room—where the police found him bound up in duct tape, beaten to death.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE

Seven years earlier, police found Novack in an eerily similar situation—when his ex-stripper wife Narcy duct-taped him to a chair for 24 hours and robbed him. Claiming it was a sex game, he never pressed charges and never followed through with a divorce.

A FAMILY MURDER MYSTERY

Prosecutors believed Narcy let the killers into the room and watched them brutalize Novack. They also suspected she was involved in the death of Novack’s mother, who took a fatal fall months before. Strangely, it was Narcy’s own daughter who implicated her to the police—in this twisted case of passion, perversion, and paradise lost…

"John Glatt is one of the finest true crime craftsmen writing today."

—Howard Goldberg,VH1.com

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COMING TO MIAMI BEACH
One hundred and ten years before the home invasion, Ben Novack Jr.’s paternal grandfather, Hyman Novick, first arrived in New York from Russia, seeking a new life. The poor Jewish teenager, who spoke only Russian and Yiddish, married a girl named Sadie, who was six years his junior. Sadie was first-generation American, born in New York from Russian parents.
The young couple settled down in Brooklyn, and Hyman, a cloth cutter by profession, opened a clothing store. In 1903, when Hyman was twenty-five and Sadie nineteen, they had their first
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Praise for John Glatt and his true crime books

 

"John Glatt is one of the finest true crime craftsmen writing today."

—Howard Goldberg, VH1.com

"[Glatt] certainly comes through with the goods."—Library Journal

"[A] true crime page turner. —East Bay Express on The Doctor’s Wife

"Author John Glatt goes behind the headlines and into the heart of this fascinating case." —Bookcrossing.com on Cradle of Death

"This is a great true crime book." —Bookreporter.com on Deadly American Beauty

"Definitive tales of a dozen sets of twins gone bad." —Twinstuff.com

"A blockbuster." —The Globe on Depraved

"An exhaustive account … A creepy but mesmerizing read." —Woman’s Own on Depraved

"A shocking expose of clergymen who kill." —National Examiner on For I Have Sinned

"Fascinating reading." —Arizona Republic on Evil Twins

"Glatt…create[s] a mood of relentless darkness." —Crime Magazine

Praise for John Glatt and his true crime books

 

"John Glatt is one of the finest true crime craftsmen writing today."

—Howard Goldberg, VH1.com

"[Glatt] certainly comes through with the goods."—Library Journal

"[A] true crime page turner. —East Bay Express on The Doctor’s Wife

"Author John Glatt goes behind the headlines and into the heart of this fascinating case." —Bookcrossing.com on Cradle of Death

"This is a great true crime book." —Bookreporter.com on Deadly American Beauty

"Definitive tales of a dozen sets of twins gone bad." —Twinstuff.com

"A blockbuster." —The Globe on Depraved

"An exhaustive account … A creepy but mesmerizing read." —Woman’s Own on Depraved

"A shocking expose of clergymen who kill." —National Examiner on For I Have Sinned

"Fascinating reading." —Arizona Republic on Evil Twins

"Glatt…create[s] a mood of relentless darkness." —Crime Magazine

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • John Glatt

  • JOHN GLATT is the author of eighteen books, and has more than thirty years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, A Current Affair, BBC World News, and A&E Biography.
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    The True Story of a Hotel Heir, His Seductive Wife, and a Ruthless Murder

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