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The Dou­ble Life of Her­man Rockefelle­r Hi­lary Bon­ney, Pen­guin, $29.95 It was a mys­tery with the most tit­il­lat­ing in­gre­di­ents – a mil­lion­aire who cre­ated a se­cret life to mask his in­sa­tiable sex­ual ap­petite, and the world’s most un­likely swingers. The story be­hind the dis­ap­pear­ance in 2010 of re­spected church-goer Her­man Rockefelle­r seemed in­ex­pli­ca­ble. How did he end up in the home of an al­co­holic sin­gle mother and her rub­bish-col­lec­tor boyfriend? And why did they kill him? Bon­ney an­swers these ques­tions and pieces to­gether the killers’ sad lives. But it is Rockefelle­r’s se­crets which are most fas­ci­nat­ing, and the story only scratches the sur­face of a man whose life was as com­part­men­talised as the fil­ing cab­i­net which held the only clues to his dual ex­is­tence. Derek Ped­ley ½

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