Schutze's (The Accountant) grippingly suspenseful true-crime tale details the foiling of a wealthy Texan's plot to have his wife murdered. Real-estate wheeler-dealer Robert Edelman is depicted as an unscrupulous man who was determined to have everything his way; he physically abused his wife, Linda, and terrified their young children with cruel taunts. The man whom he hired to kill Linda subcontracted the murder to a hit man who was actually an undercover FBI agent. The agency set up a sting involving Linda's disappearance and presumed death in order to secure hard evidence against Robert. The sting was almost ruined by Linda's relatives, friends and neighbors, who flocked to her house, which had previously been bugged by Robert. Told with high drama, the tale ends with Robert's trial, conviction and sentencing to 10 years in prison. Photos not seen by PW (Oct.)
Wealthy Texas real estate developer Robert Edelman decided he'd be better off without his estranged wife, Linda, and her elderly parents, so he took out a contract to have professionals kill them at Disney World--and in front of the Edelmans' two children. Because of large crowds, the murder attempt failed, but the FBI had got wind of the plan and set up a sting operation to make it look as though Linda "was" murdered. This is a rather standard account of a failed, abusive marriage and a seemingly ill-conceived yet ultimately successful undercover operation. For die-hard true-crime fans looking for a different twist on the old husband-kills-wife gambit.