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Publisher's Summary

Who was Jeffrey Epstein? A Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist unearths never-before-reported details in the most comprehensive account yet of the disgraced financier’s life, death, and criminal web, including the role of Ghislaine Maxwell.

An ID Book Club Selection • Featured in the Peacock original documentary series Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell

By now, the basic contours of Jeffrey Epstein’s horrendous crimes - his decades-long serial abuse of young women and underage girls - are familiar. But for all that has been written about Epstein since his shocking death in a lower Manhattan jail cell, an astonishing amount remains unknown. A shy Brooklyn kid turned renegade financier, Jeffrey Epstein never wanted to play by the rules of polite society. He was elusive in life and he has remained just as elusive in death.

What is known is that he had amassed nearly $600 million by the time of his death. That fortune allowed Epstein to pursue a privileged, secretive life, jetting between his fortress-like homes in Manhattan, New Mexico, and Little St. James, his private island. Behind these closed doors, Epstein socialized with scientists and world leaders and preyed on powerless young women.

In The Spider, Barry Levine shines a light into the darkest corners of Epstein’s world, including

  • Epstein’s young adulthood and earliest accusations of sexual misconduct
  • the murky sources of Epstein’s fortune and business dealings
  • Epstein’s circle of confidantes and employees, particularly the nature of his long relationship with socialite Ghislaine Maxwell
  • his ties to powerful men, including Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, Les Wexner, and Donald Trump
  • Epstein’s last hours as a free man in Paris and the secret operation to arrest him at a New Jersey airport before he could flee
  • new details on Epstein’s final days in jail and the mystery surrounding his death

The Spider exposes how Epstein operated and evaded justice for so long - and how he drew so many others into his criminal web.

©2020 Barry Levine (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • Brandon Castel
  • 2020-12-22

Author is Obsessed with Trump

Robert Petkoff does an incredible job with the narration and the story is interesting, but the author is beyond obsessed with Donald Trump and tries desperately to bring him into the story many, many times without any direct activity related to Trump.

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  • Sandra
  • 2020-11-14

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The author managed to write about about trump using Epstein as the central story. Conveniently, not a word about clinton. A waste of time

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  • Candice Fitzpatrick
  • 2020-10-29

in depth account of Epstein

It was very well researched & organized. It was full of details not previously reported. I recommend it highly

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  • leighda
  • 2021-08-26

ok. somewhat informative

some of the info was interesting some of it was 45 bashing.
I dont care for that.

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  • Belyndae
  • 2021-07-22

The Spider: Jeffery Epstein

it is a factual document regarding the victims and predators. it is a great read.

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  • Kadye Ward
  • 2020-12-24

the Sickness of Too Much Money

when childrens' innocence is paid for and the same money is used to buy protection from the most basic laws, there is no end to the viscious cycle of debauchery.

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  • Barbara Marshall
  • 2021-08-27

Provides background and other information on Epste

I found this book very informative. I've been following the Epstein story for a long time. I found out things I had not previously seen anywhere. I would recommend this book.

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  • Crystal Hickerson
  • 2021-07-30

VERY DETAILED. BEST ACCOUNT YET!

I have read, watched, and heard many different accounts of Epstein but this one was the most detailed and with the most facts from the people involved. I feel that I have gained a substantial amount of knowledge of this case than ever before. I highly recommend!!

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  • Melyssa Avola
  • 2021-10-05

Great… right up until the end

This was a great listen… right up until the end. Why the author decided to drag Trump into the mix is beyond me. It was unnecessary and completely tarnished the author’s credibility in my opinion. If you have information about Trump - great, share it with the rest of us… but that chapter at the end seemed like cheap gossip and innuendo. Too bad.

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  • aaron saari
  • 2021-08-03

Narrator is halting; no rhythm

It is hard to listen to this, as the narrator has a weird cadence. It’s like he’s reading it for the first time and there was no second take.