Multimillionaire Steven Beard, Jr. fell hard for Celeste Martinez, a shapely, blonde waitress who served him his nightly cocktail at the local country club…as well as sexual favors. In 1995, the 70-year-old widow Beard married the 32-year-old mother of twin teenagers and gave her homes, cars, and more jewelry and designer clothes than she could ever wear. But it wasn’t enough for Celeste.
Claiming she was depressed, she checked into a psychiatric facility, where she met fellow patient Tracey Tarlton, a prominent bookstore manager. Celeste seduced Tracey, convincing her that the only way they could be together would be to kill Steve.
In the wee hours of an October morning, Steve awoke to a shotgun blast to his gut. Tracey was arrested but refused to implicate Celeste…until she learned the truth about her lover. In a sordid trial sensationalized even more by the antics of famed Texas defense attorney Dick DeGeurin, the depths of Celeste’s lies were revealed in a tale of lust, betrayal, and regret.
“The Fortune Hunter is New York Times bestselling author Suzy Spencer at her best...masterfully written…” Cathy Scott, award-winning journalist and Los Angeles Times bestselling author
“...a brilliantly crafted and endlessly compelling true crime thriller, Spencer is among the best of the best.”Burl Barer, Edgar Award-winning author
“...a suspenseful, page-turning tale of bloody, Texas-style greed with a gripping narrative and colorful cast of characters…”Caitlin Rother, New York Times bestselling author of THEN NO ONE CAN HAVE HER
“...riveting…” GLOBE MAGAZINE
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Suzy Spencer wrote the controversial true crime book Wasted, a 1999 Violet Crown Book Award finalist, as well as Breaking Point, the story of the Andrea Yates trial. Spencer is the recipient of two Chilton Editorial Awards and a three-time semi-finalist in the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Awards. She holds a Masters of Professional Writing and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Southern California. She lives in Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Suzy Spencer found the genre 'true humor' in these heartbreaking characters. This bittersweet account made me cringe, laugh, feel suspense, and almost cry at the family tragedy. Ms. Spencer found irony in the Texas bad and good with lots of very smart twists. Her observations evoke Truman Capote's style of being in the room. Her research was excellent. I found Fortune Hunter to be a great read.
This book is poorly written, confusing, and lacking the truth in some places. This book was hard to read not only because it was confusing, but also because it often read like a trashy mystery novel. There is a better account of this story out there. If you are interested in this crime, skip this book and find the other one.
Suzy Spencer has done it again! She's taken a true crime story from the headlines and brought it vividly and frightening to life. The characters are living, breathing three-dimensional people who the reader comes to know in an imtimate fashion. The character studies are written so thoroughly, although it's probably not intentional on the author's part, this book could be used in an abnormal psychology class as a study in personality disorders. Although much of the book revolves around the trial which certainly could slip into tedium, the writing is gripping and literally pulls the reader along. You can't put this one down! I particularly loved Celeste's thoughts/responses printed in italics in contrast/opposition to statements from others about facts or opinions. And when I say I particularly loved them, I mean the fact that her thoughts/responses so clearly point out the characterilogical features of her personality disorder(s). Here's the big surprise for me. I actually felt empathy for Tracy. Suzy did such a good job writing this book from a subjective perspective, it's possible to develop compassion for a cold-blooded (and somewhat delusional) murderer. I can't wait to get my hands on her next book!
The author obviously threw together a lot of disjointed notes which resulted in a novel that did not flow as it should have. The descriptions of the participants in the judicial system were mean spirited and not terribly accurate. The case is a very interesting one and could have been portrayed in a much better way by the right author.
There's a really good story here someplace, but I couldn't follow the book to find it. Since I read a lot, and I mean a LOT, I've got the feeling I'm not the problem. This writer needs to go back to her high school English classes and learn from them, making an outline and organizing her thoughts. She's all over the place. She contradicts herself from one page to the next. At one point she has Celeste Beard holding a baby, without explaining whose baby or why she's holding it. Then the baby's gone. It's just nuts. Sorry. I can't recommend this book. Better luck next time.