Madness under the royal palms: love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach

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In March 1999, a Palm Beach matron and her socially ambitious husband invited the elite of the island for a dinner dance honoring Prince Edward. Among those dancing to the string orchestra that evening would be those accused of murder and spousal abuse, and others who would suffer fates both unseemly and unspeakable. Among the outer circle there would be murders, suicides, and fatal fires. There would be those who would rise from the dust of obscurity to the heights of wealth and those who would fall to oblivion and disgrace.Thus begins Madness Under the Royal Palms. Leave it to Laurence Leamer, the bestselling author known for getting the inside story on his elusive subjects, to take us behind the walls of America's most exclusive enclave of wealth and privilege. Here Leamer tells a braided story involving a socialite determined to make it to the top of Palm Beach society, two infamous murders, and a powerful society reporter. As a backdrop, Leamer tells the story of the clash between old money and new, religion and status, and the love, lust, and fatal hatreds that determine the shape of a fiercely protected society. The cast of characters include trophy wives, trophy husbands, purported gigolos, glamorous widows, a pioneering gay couple, a wildly irreverent event planner, a sociopathic multimillionaire, and an elegant society queen.For 100 years, Palm Beach has been a fantasyland nurtured by, and maintained for, the megawealthy. In the end, Leamer's tale of money, murder, and mad pretension reveals a darker strain. Uncovering that strain, the author writes, "turned into as fascinating, in some cases as shocking, and always as unexpected a journey as I have ever taken."
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Love, lust, and fatal hatreds inside America's most exclusive enclave of wealth and privilege—Palm Beach.
Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme devastated the eternally sunny world of Palm Beach, bringing down multimillionaires and destroying once-wealthy widows. The South Florida island and its rarified life suddenly found itself at the epicenter of the scandal, with this strange universe of wealth and privilege under an unrelenting spotlight.
Now, in Madness Under the Royal Palms, Laurence Leamer shows us—as no one else has—this world of the megawealthy, which he calls "as hidden a place as I have ever resided." Digging deep, he hits a dark well of conflicting ambitions—right up to and including murder—much darker than the sky-blue weather and sunny Lily Pulitzer prints most of us associate with Palm Beach.

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subject_facet Palm Beach (Fla.) -- Social life and customs, Rich people -- Florida -- Palm Beach
title_display Madness under the royal palms : love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach
title_full Madness Under the Royal Palms Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach, Madness under the royal palms : love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach / Laurence Leamer, Madness under the royal palms [electronic resource] : love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach / Laurence Leamer
title_short Madness under the royal palms :
title_sub love and death behind the gates of Palm Beach
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