Blind Faith

Blind Faith

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by Joe McGinniss
     
 

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The Marshall's were the model family of Toms River New Jersey, living the American dream of all that money could buy. Rob Marshall was the big breadwinner, king of the country club set. Maria Marshall was his stunningly beautiful wife and the perfect mom to their three great kids. Then one night Rob, his head bloodied, reported Maria had been brutally slain. Sympathy

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The Marshall's were the model family of Toms River New Jersey, living the American dream of all that money could buy. Rob Marshall was the big breadwinner, king of the country club set. Maria Marshall was his stunningly beautiful wife and the perfect mom to their three great kids. Then one night Rob, his head bloodied, reported Maria had been brutally slain. Sympathy poured in - until disquieting facts began to surface...and the true story of adultery, gambling, drugs and murder tore the mask off Rob Marshall and the blinders off the town that thought he could do no wrong...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rob Marshall, member of the country-club set of Toms River, N.J., led a freewheeling life of casino gambling, parties and astronomical debt. But Rob was also a civic leader and family man, so his three teenaged sons couldn't believe it when their father was put on trial for having their mother, Maria, murdered in order to collect $1.5 million in insurance and pursue a sexual affair with a neighbor's wife. This true-crime book is about the three boys' crumbling faith in their smooth-talking, high-flying father; on that level, it is often moving and heart-wrenching. It also concerns a suburban coterie's faith in a you-can-have-anything-you-want philosophy and the social and class tensions within one community. Rob's mistress was a friend of a high-ranking New Jersey political figure; drug dealing, loansharking and conspiracy were elements in the unfolding courtroom drama that McGinniss skillfully re-creates. While the story lacks the inherent sizzle of his Fatal Vision , it is absorbing nonetheless. The case took some bizarre twists, as when the wife of the accused hit-man went to live in the bereaved sons' house. First serial to Rolling Stone and Ladies' Home Journal; TV rights to NBC-TV; BOMC and Reader's Digest Condensed Books selections. (Jan.)
Library Journal
In 1984, Rob Marshall, a well-to-do New Jersey businessman, was knocked unconscious at a picnic area, and Maria, his wife, was killed. Police investigation led to Marshall's trial and, for two of his sons, to the anguishing discovery that their father was behind Maria's murder. McGinniss's genius, demonstrated in Fatal Vision ( LJ 9/1/83), is in showing the effect of murder on a victim's family, who slowly lose their blind faith in the perpetrator and recognize his guilt. An excellent, heartbreaking, engrossing book. Very highly recommended. Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
From the Publisher
“A true crime thriller of greed, lust, and murder.”—The New York Times

“A greedy and callous crime—and its devastating impact…Suspenseful…Engrossing…Gripping…Cathartic.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A truly compelling tale of investigation and prosecution…A harrowing portrait of the perversion of the American dream…Not easy to put down. Or to forget.” —The Washington Post Book World

"Another Fatal Vision from a master of true crime.” —New York magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517061640
Publisher:
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/1991

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From the Publisher

“A true crime thriller of greed, lust, and murder.”—The New York Times

“A greedy and callous crime—and its devastating impact…Suspenseful…Engrossing…Gripping…Cathartic.” —The New York Times Book Review

“A truly compelling tale of investigation and prosecution…A harrowing portrait of the perversion of the American dream…Not easy to put down. Or to forget.” —The Washington Post Book World

"Another Fatal Vision from a master of true crime.” —New York magazine

Meet the Author

Joe McGinniss is the author of eleven other non-fiction works and one novel.

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Blind Faith 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished book, i had a very hard time putting this book down....very well written..you will not be disappointed in reading this book, Rob as you will read is a piece of work..Marie will live on forever in her boys hearts and memories ,,and her three boys Roby,Chris, John are the victims also .. and Rob deserved everything he got !! Bn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story just went on and on. I think this book could have been condensed in volume, alot of unecessary information given which I found myself skipping pages. If this murder had happened in todays time, the real killer, that is the person who shot Maria Marshall would be on death row. It seems that there was no forensics done, no follow up on evidence, or alibi's. Sure, Rob Marshall was indirectly responsible, but he did not pull the trigger, therefore the real murderer walked away a free man. What a travesty of justice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this particular book years ago - excellent. Lovw this author; wish he'd write more true crime
DocDoug More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this 'inside glimpse' of the dysfunction of Tom's River, New Jersey and the people who live there. I felt sorry for 'the boys' and their mother, but truly could indentify with Rob. You see, I'm a Prison Psychologist. He ends up where he belongs.
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Read the book and saw the movie How could he do it and lie about it?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched the movie on Lifetime during Christmas and enjoyed it. I would like to know if Rob Marshall is still in death row and do his children believe in his innocence, etc.