I’m delighted to have had the chance to review Geoffrey O’Brien’s wonderful new book, The Fall of the House of Walworth: A Tale of Murder and Madness in Saratoga’s Gilded Age, for today’s Los Angeles Times. As I mention in the review, when I first learned of the Walworths’ lurid family saga, I wished someone would write a good, juicy book about it. (In all seriousness, it puts the Beecher-Tilton scandal””of which I’m a huge fan, if one can be a fan of a 150-year-old lawsuit””to shame.) I can’t think of a better writer to take on the project than Mr. O’Brien. 22 August 2010.