Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Camille Kimball's What She Always Wanted - Award-Winner
Here was my review of her book.
The contrast between the couple in this book couldn't be greater. Marjorie Orbin became a well-to-do Scottsdale wife and mother after she married Jay Orbin. But, she was a former stripper and choreographer who had been married six times before leaving the life of a Vegas showgirl to marry Jay. Jay Orbin was a successful businessman whose business ventures and partnerships over the years led to deep, lasting friendships, and he had parents and an older brother who loved him. But, he fell for Marjorie, plied her with gifts, and promised to pay for her fertility treatments if she'd marry him, so she could have a baby, "What she always wanted."
But, on Oct. 23, 2004, a man's torso was found in a Rubbermaid tub in the scrub desert outside Phoenix, near a busy intersection. And, Jay Orbin had last been heard from on Sept. 8. As Jay's family, friends, and even business acquaintances frantically searched for, and tried to find the missing man, his wife, Marjorie, behaved oddly, attracting the attention of the police.
What She Always Wanted is the story of a relationship that ended in tragedy, the investigation, and subsequent trial. Kimball has done a beautiful job in bringing the people to life. By focusing on the victim, instead of the details of the murder, she has reminded readers that in a murder case, the important element is the tragedy of the destruction of a life, a person who lived, loved and was loved. Camille Kimball's What She Always Wanted is a recognition, not that the killer and crime is important, but that Jay Orbin's life and death were important. Kimball writes true crime books with heart.
Camille Kimball's website is http://www.camillekimball.com/