Golden Boy: A Murder Among the Manhattan Elite (Hardcover)

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In Golden Boy, New York Times bestselling author John Glatt tells the true story of Thomas Gilbert Jr., the handsome and charming New York socialite accused of murdering his father, a Manhattan millionaire and hedge fund founder.

By all accounts, Thomas Gilbert Jr. led a charmed life. The son of a wealthy financier, he grew up surrounded by a loving family and all the luxury an Upper East Side childhood could provide: education at the elite Buckley School and Deerfield Academy, summers in a sprawling seaside mansion in the Hamptons. With his striking good lucks, he moved with ease through glittering social circles and followed in his father’s footsteps to Princeton.

But Tommy always felt different. The cracks in his façade began to show in warning signs of OCD, increasing paranoia, and—most troubling—an inexplicable hatred of his father. As his parents begged him to seek psychiatric help, Tommy pushed back by self-medicating with drugs and escalating violence. When a fire destroyed his former best friend’s Hamptons home, Tommy was the prime suspect—but he was never charged. Just months later, he arrived at his parents’ apartment, calmly asked his mother to leave, and shot his father point-blank in the head.

Journalist John Glatt takes an in-depth look at the devastating crime that rocked Manhattan’s upper class. With exclusive access to sources close to Tommy, including his own mother, Glatt constructs the agonizing spiral of mental illness that led Thomas Gilbert Jr. to the ultimate unspeakable act.

About the Author

English-born JOHN GLATT is the author of more than twenty-five books including The Lost Girls and My Sweet Angel, and has over thirty years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. He has appeared on television and radio programs all over the world, including Dateline NBC, Fox News, ABC’s 20/20, BBC World News, and A&E Biography.

Praise For…

“An in-depth look at an act that shocked the city’s elite.” –New York Post, “30 Best Books on Our Summer Reading List in 2021”

“True crime fans will find this a compelling read.” —Booklist

"Glatt shares alarming revelations about the state of the mental health system, where psychiatrists are largely powerless to intervene even when they see serious psychological issues that could result in harm to the patient or others. This is must reading for true crime enthusiasts who prize depth over salaciousness." --Publishers Weekly


“Glatt’s expert coverage of the investigation is riveting…police procedural fans will enjoy.” Publishers Weekly

“[A] gripping read.” Library Journal


"This chilling portrayal of abuse and secrecy may leave readers looking differently at their neighbors." Publishers Weekly

“Thoroughly researched and thoroughly disturbing.” Booklist

Praise for John Glatt:

"The murder case John Glatt recounts in lurid too bizarre for a work of fiction." —New York Times Book Review for The Prince of Paradise

"Chilling." —People Magazine for My Sweet Angel

“A gripping, read-it-all-in-one-sitting kind of book” —Kirkus Reviews for The Lost Girls

“Veteran crime scribe Glatt gives us all the atmosphere, characters and facts to make an engrossing thriller.” New York Post for The Prince of Paradise

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250271020
ISBN-10: 1250271029
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 320
Language: English