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Friday, June 8, 2012

A Socialite Scorned - a review

In this true crime drama set in Tucson, AZ criminal defense attorney Droban skillfully weaves us a tight little story of murder for hire.

By researching thousands of e-mails and recordings and putting all the pieces together Droban writes like a novelist, building the story for us from ground zero, taking us through the ins and outs of the lives of Tucson socialites Gary Triano and his wife Pamela Phillips until the cold divorce and its fateful trappings.

Pam a successful real estate agent herself, although no match for multi-millionaire husband and his real estate holdings and deals, was only turned on by money and once her husband’s finances fell apart so did their relationship. Gone were the dinners with the Trumps, the house in the foothills and gone was Pamela’s love, no more high-rolling. She left with the children to their exclusive holiday home in Aspen.

Ron Young, an entrepreneur and extortionist worked his way into Pam’s life, listened to the socialite’s tales of woe and eventually made her an offer she couldn’t refuse, a way to get rid of that miserable ex-husband.

When Triano was killed in a bomb blast, killed in his car after playing golf at a top resort in Tucson’s northwest side many theories where put forth, girlfriend’s, ex-lovers, the Mob, biker gangs but when all the facts where finally put together by the Tucson Police Department one fact stood out more than any other. Who gained to win with his death, win the $2,000,000.00 life insurance policy pay-off.  When trials were sought, over a decade had past. Pamela had fled to Europe and many of the charges against Young where nothing more than hearsay and supposition. It is at this point in the book that you realize that this is an actual true life story, a crime that happened and reality is always more strange than fiction. The result is another headline.

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