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    1. NO MERCY
    by John Walsh
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    Asin: 0671582747
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 861405
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    John Walsh, the host of America's Most Wanted, disclosed the wrenching story of the abduction and murder of his six-year-old son, Adam, in his bestselling memoir Tears of Rage. Now, fueled by his relentless hunger for justice, Walsh brings forth the untold stories behind the greatest cases Americas Most Wanted has ever solved. In riveting detail, and with a crime victim's compassion, John Walsh reveals the terrifying and unforgettable true tales inside the most chilling crimes -- and thrilling chases -- of our time.

    For the first time ever, John Walsh takes you behind the scenes of the groundbreaking show that has formed a unique partnership between the media, the public, and law enforcement -- a partnership responsible for stunning victories in the war against crime. In ten years, the show's viewers have helped put more than 500 fugitives behind bars -- including twelve who were on the FBI's Most Wanted list. They've been involved in the capture of criminals hiding in thirty countries and, most important to John Walsh, brought twenty-three missing children back home safely.

    John Walsh has struck a chord with Americans who are mad as hell and ready to fight back. It is for us -- and for all of our children -- that he has become an unstoppable force for justice; now, in No Mercy, you can join the fight. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 5 atars are not enough!
    John Walsh does not write fast enough. When can we expect another book. I read the hard cover copy of No Mercy - I did not wait for the paperback - that in itself should tell you something about him as a writer.

    American's should be proud of this man. He takes a personal tradgedy with what happened to his son Adam, and makes it so everybody gets involved in crime fighting. With the number of criminals America's Most Wanted has caught (with viewers help) says alot right their. Canada could use a man like him!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Feeling it for the first time
    I've never experienced emotional reactions before when reading true crime novels. Their usually clinical approach to the case or cases, and focusing on the criminal and his crime(s), while downplaying the experience of the victims and their family, usually isn't able to produce much of an emotional response.

    Then came 'No Mercy', John Walsh's book about some of the most notable cases that the Fox show 'America's Most Wanted' has helped along. Being a regular viewer of the show, as well as having read Walsh's first novel about his son's murder case, I decided to check out his second go-round. I read about the Polly Klaas kidnapping and murder, the John Emil List family murders, the horrible acts of child-killer Eddie James, the spree killings of Andrew Cunanan, and many more sub-human deeds of evil. As I read each case, I was exposed to the burdens of the crime victims. I felt, to a small degree, the very things that they did. Anger that the persons responsible had performed such heinous and senseless acts. The desperation and uncertainty when they were on the lam. The elation when they were finally captured. It was a real gut-wrenching ride, and at times I got misty over what I was perusing. But in the end, I was glad to have experienced it. Even though my own emotional responses could never come close to what the victims experienced, I had a better understanding of what it's like to be a victim. This was what John Walsh had set out to do when he co-authored 'No Mercy', and it worked beyond belief with me.

    Another unique quality about 'No Mercy': it was the first true-crime novel that I've read from cover to cover more than once. The most amazing thing is that the impact of each case has not diminished with repeat viewings. I find each one to be as powerful as it was when I first read it.

    Also told in the novel is a brief history of 'America's Most Wanted'. I read about Walsh's uncertainty toward his hosting the show. Then there was AMW's cancellation and resurrection in 1996, thanks to the letter-writing campaign of state & federal legislators, law enforcement officials, and citizens. As of the book's release, 'America's Most Wanted' has been credited with over 500 captures thanks to tips from viewers.

    Finally, there's also the story of how two AMW cases coincidentally came together at a place called The Green Parrot Café. I wouldn't have believed it if I'd not read it myself. And you'll have to read it for yourself, 'cause I don't want to spoil it for you.


    4-0 out of 5 stars Respectful of John Walsh
    I thought this was a good book, and I do think John Walsh does great things for the missing. I prefer him in person, than reading his book. It was a little too intense for me.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bounty hunters ride up
    Apart from the traditional American emotional hype that John Walsh brings to this book, it is a good read.
    it is good to see he used his anger in a positive way and he definately serves the community in a special way. We need more like him.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing Job
    John Walsh got across his feelings and made the reader feel them as well. The book was almost impossible to put down. It never lost my attention once. I wished there was more when I reached the last summary. I thought this book was even better than his first. I cannot wait for the third. ... Read more

    2. The Protector: A Novel
    by David Morrell, Stefan Rudnicki
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    Asin: 1574535625
    Catlog: Book (2003-04)
    Publisher: Fantastic Audio
    Sales Rank: 675404
    Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars
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    In the tradition of David Morrell's bestselling The Fifth Profession, this tale of a super-bodyguard hunting down a rogue client who controls a new and powerful weapon promises to be the most imitated thriller for years to come. Based on extensive interviews with special ops agents around the world, it confirms Morrell as the master of high-action suspense. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action
    This is a page-turner from the get go. Cavanaugh is a protector, one notch up from a bodyguard - a specially trained ex-government agent for hire. Daniel Prescott has invented a powerful new drug, and everyone from the drug cartels of South America to the U.S. Federal government is after him, and he hires Cavanaugh to protect him. But Prescott kills Cavanaugh's associates and tries to take Cavanaugh out too, then takes off, and Cavanaugh goes on the hunt for Prescott. The action is non-stop in this well written and well researched book. In fact, Morrell suffered a broken collarbone researching one of the weapons used - the knife on the cover of the book. This is yet another Morrell book that I could not put down - I stayed up until the middle of the night to finish it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Heart-Pounder
    Cavanaugh, an ex-Delta Force operator, is in the protection business. He works for Global Protection Services, a firm that protects those in dire circumstances. Their newest client is biochemist, Daniel Prescott. Prescott has developed a hormone that induces fear to be used by the military on the enemy. He is now hunted for the secrets that he has developed. He needs to disappear and enlists Global Protection Services. Prescott is not quite as helpless as he seems. Just as the plan for him to disappear comes to fruition, Cavanaugh's entire team is killed. Now Cavanaugh with the help of his wife, Jamie, is on the hunt for Prescott. With the use of every facet of his training, he and Jaime create a masterful plan to find a man with a brilliant mind trained by Cavanaugh himself in the art of disappearance.

    In a myriad of plot twists and turns there is non-stop action. The plot is fast-paced and so riveting it is hard to put down. Cavanaugh and Jamie are well-drawn sympathetic characters that you can really care about. David Morrell seems to fly a bit under the radar, but to me he is one of the best in his genre. If you are a first time reader, Morrell has a wonderful backlist of books. I would rank this one as one of his best.
    Highly recommended.

    4-0 out of 5 stars No one does action and suspense better than David Morrell.
    It's hard to believe that books like "First Blood" (inspiration for Rambo) and "Brotherhood of the Rose" were written twenty years ago or more, with "Brotherhood" written in 1984. It's even harder to believe that David Morrell has kept up the frantic pace of his novels for this many years without slowing down or missing a beat.

    The main character of THE PROTECTOR is essentially a super-bodyguard in the same mold of the main character of Morrell's best-selling novel ever, THE FIFTH PROFESSION (whose protagonist, Savage, is an 'executive protector'). Like most of Morrell's books, THE PROTECTOR gets off to a fast start and absolutely flies by. As technology has progressed over the years, so has Morrell's writing material, always incorporating the newest trends in electronic gadgets and spy tradecraft into his storylines and his characters.

    An early twist will securely lock you into the plot, and will keep you from putting the book down for very long. With one action scene after another, this has motion picture written all over it. The years haven't affected David Morrell's writing. He's as good as ever, and THE PROTECTOR is proof positive.

    5-0 out of 5 stars best book ever
    this book is awesome, i've read a few other David Morrell books and this is my favorite. People maysay they can predict what happens next but they're lying. They never would have guessed the fear hormone or anything. A great plot and i think should be made into a movie to any of you directors out they which would be none of you. But this has heart pounding action and i could hardly bear putting it down and hoped it would go on forever. YOu some how connect with it realistic action. No exploding cars or usless shooting. A real page turner.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A return to strong storytelling by one of the best
    For a period of several years, the novels of David Morrell could always be counted on for outstanding storytelling. The plots were always fast-paced, intelligent, well-researched, and just plain fun. But after the release of "Extreme Denial" in 1996, it seemed that he had lost his way. The three books released after 1996 were progressively horrible, and I had begun to wonder if Mr. Morrell had lost his creative touch. After giving him one last shot with "The Protector", Mr. Morrell has delivered the goods, and it seems that his knack for great writing has been resurrected.

    "The Protector" follows a former Delta Force soldier turned protective agent named Cavanaugh through a job that goes completely and spectacularly haywire. Looking for answers, Cavanaugh pulls the reader along at a frantic pace, through multiple twists and turns, conspiracies upon conspiracies, right up through an unanticipated conclusion that is alternately satisfying and yet calls for more.

    Mr. Morrell, like all great writers, drops enough plot threads and little details that almost go unnoticed as the reader races by. But inevitably, they come up later in helping resolve the plot and provide multiple surprises. Also, Mr. Morrell is very good at providing enough descriptive elements through his storytelling that don't leave the reader feeling cheated, but at the same time, do not interfere with the pacing of the story. Both of these traits were not as finely tuned in his previous three efforts, but are well-used in "The Protector".

    What also made "The Protector" a great read was that the characters were intriguing and - for lack of a better word - likable. The Cavanaugh character follows in the mold of those in his earlier classics; he is intelligent, determined, a bit world-weary, unassuming, but possessing the killer instincts to save his life and those closest to him. "The Protector" is also served well by a strong foil in the Prescott character.

    If there were any criticisms with "The Protector", they are relatively minor and pretty much constitute nitpicking. The story angle involving the foreign agent seemed unfulfilled, in that it was never fully realized who was chasing Prescott. It also seemed that there might have been more potential for the Rutherford character to be involved in the plot resolution, but instead, he is relegated to just popping up here and there throughout.

    All in all, "The Protector" was a very enjoyable read, and it was great to see Mr. Morrell back in fine form. I would normally give this a five-star rating, but I am reserving my evaluation just in case this return to form is sustained, or just a one-shot reminder of how good he used to be. ... Read more

    3. Finders Keepers: The Story of a Man who found $1 Million that fell off a Truck
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    Asin: 0743527224
    Catlog: Book (2002-10-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 660719
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Who hasn't dreamed of finding a million dollars?

    Joey Coyle was down and out -- the affable, boyish South Philadelphian hadn't found dock work in months, he was living with his ailing mother, and he was fighting a drug habit and what seemed like a lifetime of bouncing into and out of bad luck. One morning, while cruising the streets just blocks from his home, fate took a turn worthy of Hollywood when he spotted a curious yellow tub he thought might make a good toolbox. It contained $1.2 million in unmarked bills -- casino money that had just fallen off the back of an armored truck.

    Detective Pat Laurenzi, with the help of the FBI, was working around the clock to track it down, Joey Coyle, meanwhile, was off on a bungling, swashbuckling misadventure, sharing his windfall with everyone from his girlfriend to total strangers to the two neighborhood kids who drove him past it. To hide the money, Joey turned to the local mob bos -- a shadowy, fearsome man who may or may not have helped launder it. But as adrenaline-filled nights began taking their toll, Joey Coyle's dream-come-true evolved into a nightmare: Whom could he trust?

    By one of our most evocative and versatile chroniclers of American life, Finders Keepers is not only a gripping true life thriller, it is the remarkable tale of an ordinary man faced with an extraordinary dilemma, and the fascinating reactions -- from complicity to concern to betrayal -- of the friends, family, and neighbors to whom he turns. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Breezy book with an edge
    I received this as a Christmas present, and what a neat present it was!
    I started reading this obviously fictional book about this unemployed meth addict Philadelphian dockworker named Joey who finds $1.2 million in unmarked unsequential $100 bills laying on the street -- a $1.2 million which literally fell off the back of the truck. He immediately enters into all these improbable and zany adventures, capped by an arrest at the airport as he's getting ready to fly to Acapulco! During his trial, his attorney opts for a temporary insanity defense, which the jury buys because the guy's buddies testify he "went bananas" for a week when he found the money.
    Yet this comedy has an edge to it -- the tragedy of "men who were raised to go to work out on the docks like their fathers and uncles and older brothers, only there's no work for them on the docks anymore, and there's nothing else they know how to do.... It's a story about addiction, about the belief that there is a shortcut to true happiness."
    When I got to the Epilogue, I was quite surprised to find that this obviously fictional story was true! The author tells what happened after the trial, and how Joey's story was literally Disneyfied -- and how his good fortune turned out to be his tragic ruin.
    The typeface used is a bit distracting since there is no "1" -- and unlike ancient typewriters, instead of the small "L," the capital "I" is used: thus $100 is $I00 and 314 Dunfor Street is 3I4 Dunfor Street.
    This is a great book because it encompasses universal themes -- Joey is a Greek tragic figure whose internal flaws, despite his good fortune, emerge to undo him. Many of us, likewise, have envisioned what we would do if sudden riches came upon us.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Know What I Would Do!!
    What would you do if you found over a million dollars lying by the side of the road in a yellow metal tub? I know what I would do, but I'm not saying. This is the dilemma 28 year-old Joey Coyle found himself in with two of his friends while driving down a side road in Philadelphia. Joey's answer was very simple: 'Finders Keepers'. This is an exciting true-life story from the author who also wrote the book 'Black Hawk Down'.

    In February 1981, over a million dollars in unmarked bills fell off the back of an armored truck in South Philadelphia. Joey Coyle, a popular, working-class, young man who's addicted to drugs, goes from rags to riches, and eventually becomes somewhat of an urban hero. Joey finds himself in a drug-enhanced frenzy for the next week trying to decide what to do with all the money. The story is actually quite funny at times. Joey has a hard time keeping the money a secret, and tells just about everyone he meets about it. Will this be Joey's downfall or saving grace? Joey does get involved with the wrong people, as the entire city becomes swept up in the search for the money. What happens to Joey takes several different turns and this story has many unexpected surprises in store for us.

    What an riveting story! This is a remarkable story of an ordinary young man who comes face to face with an extraordinary opportunity, and has the make the decision of right from wrong? Or does he? I recommend this one to anyone who enjoys a good true-to-life thriller.

    Joe Hanssen

    4-0 out of 5 stars Losers, are Always Weepers
    Written like a fiction novel, Bowden tells the true story of an instant financial windfall of $1.2 million for Joey Coyle an unemployed, drug dependant, loser with nothing going for him and the IQ of a rock. Joey, depressed after his drug dealer wasn't home spots a yellow container on the side of the road which he thinks would make a good tool box. Looking inside he discovers two bags with reserve bank written on them. Not really caring that this money obviously belongs to someone he quickly puts the bags in his friend's car and they drive away.

    This book tells what Joey does with the money in the seven days it takes the authorities to work out he took it and capture him. It is a crime in Philadelphia not to try and return something found with a value over $250. His big plans and how absolutely terrified he gets when he realises the mob is not around just to help you change hundred dollar notes into smaller currency are examined in detail. You'll be amazed at just how stupid this guy is. Also the stupidity of Purolator Armored Car Company and their drivers who lost the money of the back of the truck in the first place.

    What would you do if you found 1.2 million? To be honest I would keep it but I sure wouldn't be as stupid as Joey. This is an extremely interesting book. I never heard of the actual story before so I have no idea how accurate this book portrays events but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It does drag on a bit with the trial and epilogue at the end which could have been summed up with a lot less paragraphs. Apart from that though, I was addicted and wanted to know the outcome. Highly recommended!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of substance to this book
    I bought this book after reading a complimentary review online. Unfortunately, this book proved to be a very bland, unentertaining read about an unintelligent, vanilla main character who doesn't even give himself a chance to keep the money that he found.

    Nothing spectacular really happens in the book; in fact, this probably would have been a better feature article for a second-tier major newspaper.

    I found the characters very difficult to follow, much less get interested in. I do not recommend this book at all.

    3-0 out of 5 stars not really that great
    This book is the worst of the 4 Bowden books I've read. It's mildly entertaining and much too short. It seems like there really wasn't enough of a story to turn it into a book. If you want something short to read it's alright I guess. ... Read more

    4. Are You There Alone? : The Unspeakable Crime of Andrea Yates
    by Suzanne O'Malley
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    Asin: 0743536266
    Catlog: Book (2004-02-01)
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
    Sales Rank: 376041
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Executioner's Song, and A Civil Action, Suzanne O'Malley exposes the human mystery of the most horrifying crime in recent history and the legal drama surrounding it.

    As a journalist, Suzanne O'Malley began covering the murders of Noah, John, Paul, Luke, and Mary Yates hours after their mother, Andrea Yates, drowned them in their suburban Houston home in June 2001. Over twenty-four months, O'Malley interviewed or witnessed the sworn testimony of more than a hundred participants in this drama, including Yates herself; her husband, Rusty Yates; their families; attorneys; the personnel of the Harris County district attorney's and sheriff's offices; medical staff; friends; acquaintances; and expert witnesses.

    O'Malley argues persuasively that under less extraordinary circumstances, a mentally ill woman would have been quietly offered a plea bargain and sent to an institution under court supervision. But on March 12, 2002, Andrea Yates was found guilty of the murders of three of her five children. She is currently serving a life sentence and will not be eligible for parole until 2041.

    O'Malley's exclusive personal communications with Andrea Yates and her interviews with Rusty Yates allow her to offer fully realized portrayals of people at the center of this horrifying case.

    In "Are You There Alone?" O'Malley makes a critical contribution to our understanding of mental health issues within the criminal justice system. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars strong look at the psychological issues of mental illness
    The Andrea Yates's murders of her five children and the subsequent trial are graphically described by Suzanne O'Malley, a reporter who followed the case for TV and magazines. Not fascinating in any sense as Ms. O'Malley does not hold back in her details and her interviews. Most readers will struggle to get past the explicit details of a mother drowning her children. However, what makes this true crime story that sounds more like a horror novel remain above the sensationalism is that the author makes the key players seem real and human. Andrea Yates does not come across as a maniacal psychopathic monster, but instead someone suffering from mental illness, court ruling on competence aside. Not easy to read due to the horror of the crimes, Ms. O'Malley makes the case as stated by a neurologist that Ms. Yates "fit the definition of legal insanity-even in Texas." This strong look at the psychological issues of mental illness that makes justice so difficult to insure provides more than a ghastly look at perhaps the most hideous personal crime of the decade.

    Harriet Klausner

    5-0 out of 5 stars Mental Illness is Real
    This book will clear up a lot of things for people wo were/are interested in the Yates case. Much blame has been put on Rusty, her doctors, and her family. O'Malley has personally interviewed most parties involved and the picture that she paints is crystal clear: our mental health system is sorely lacking.

    I believe that for those in the camp that think she should have gotten the death penalty, this book will change their minds. It is clear that Andrea Yates should be under psychiatric supervision for the rest of her life, not in jail.

    Aside from a little skipping around that was confusing, O'Malley covers things chronologically, beginning with the drownings and ending with the uncertainty of the future for the Yateses. I was a bit taken aback when the author claimed that she "saved Andrea's life" herself, but apart from that, this book is excellent.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Best book written on the Yates case so far
    I stated that this was the best book written on the Yates case so far. It is, but bear in mind that is not saying a lot given the material that has been published so far. While O'Malley makes a strong case that Andrea Yates was suffering from severe mental illness and would have been better served by being sentenced to a mental hospital, I personally felt that Ms. O'Malley had become too personally attached to this case and some of the key players, esp. Rusty Yates. As a result, it is very difficult to wade through the author's bias and get a clear understanding of the events that lead up to this tragedy.

    For instance, very little is said about the Yateses' decision to have a 5th child even after they had been warned by Andrea's doctor that such a decision would almost certainly "guarantee future psychotic depression." Furthermore, the author fails to point out the contradictions in Rusty (and Andrea's) philosophy to have as many children as "nature intended." (i.e, The couple lived together almost a year before they married and Andrea was on the pill during that time.) Also, Rusty claims that he is not a doctor and thought all psychiatrists were essentially the same, yet he also KNEW that Andrea's last doctor, Dr. Mohammad Saeed (who, IMO, became a scapegoat of sorts for both the Yates and the Kennedy families),should have given her the drug Haldol.

    O'Malley never bothers to point these out, yet strangely enough, she takes it upon herself to inform the reader that when she met with Dr. Saeed for her first and only appointment, she noticed that his BWM "could have used a wash." It was comments like that which made me wonder just what Ms. O'Mallery was trying to accomplish in this book.

    Lastly, I would have liked to hear more from the Kennedy family who since the trial, have levelled many criticism against their son-in-law and what they see as his inablity to acknowledge that his wife was as bad off as she was until it was too late.

    5-0 out of 5 stars But for the grace of God
    Any psychiatrist reading this book must half hope to come upon evidence of some obvious malpractice, so as to be able to say "such a thing could never happen to one of my patients" rather than "there but for the grace of God go I."
    Some of the professional errors O'Malley describes are defendable. Experts may reasonably differ, as did some of the experts she talked to, about whether the case was one of bipolar disorder or of schizophrenia. Treating a bipolar patient with anti-depressants alone is often stated to be undesirable because of the danger of precipitating mania, but the practice has its advocates. O'Malley does not make Dr Saeed sound like an empathetic character with good verbal skills but that may be a subjective judgment.
    She skates over the decision by the Yates's to have a fifth child. Rusty Yates has been much criticized for this. Dr. Starbranch made a written note that a further pregnancy would guarantee another psychotic episode but we do not know what she said to Rusty Yates about it.
    I cannot imagine tolerating the practices she describes at Devereux. Of course O'Malley's description is based on a a written record that may not have reflected all of what went on. The chart and treatment plan would normally have been reviewed by Magellan. In any inpatient facility I have known there would have been extended and worried discussions, involving social workers and nursing staff, about the fact that there were five small children at risk. On the other hand it is possible that even with such discussions the staff migh have been reassured by the fact that the husband was supportive and a grandmother was arriving who would be in the house while he was at work. (The killings took place between the time Rusty Yates left for work and the time Dora Yates was due to arrive in the morning.)
    I do not feel qualified to cast the first stone.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Are you there alone? by Suzanne O'Malley
    A true story exceptionally well written. Many kudos for Suzanne O'Malley for her courage of putting Andrea Yates tragic story on paper. The amount of investigative research and just plain leg work that went into this book along with Miss O'Malley's compassion for Andrea gives me hope that there are still some people out there who care. If there were more people of O'Malley's caliber possibly Andrea would be home taking care of her beautiful five babies, taking her medicine and coping with every day life.

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    5. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
    by Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry, Robert Foxworth
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    Asin: 1590071794
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
    Publisher: New Millennium Audio
    Sales Rank: 896729
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    The definitive account of the Manson Family murders, written by famed prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi, who was charged with bringing the Manson Family to justice.This is the chilling recreation of the murders, the investigation and the trials.Manson's followers were girls from middle-class, comfortable families, enthralled with a scruffy would-be pop singer.What was the power he had over his Family?What was the purpose of the murders - or was there one at all? ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars a thundering good read
    This is the definitive account of the longest trial in American legal history wherein four persons: Charles Manson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Van Houten, were sentenced to death for the murders of Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Stephen Parent, Leno La Bianca and Rosemary La Bianca. The crimes, collectively known as the Tate/La Bianca murders took place in Los Angeles in August 1969. Vincent Bugliosi's work is both focussed and orderly and he scores highly in bringing a convoluted and at times incompetent enquiry to the reader in a totally believable account. Stretching to 664 pages, some might consider the work too long winded but the story certainly licks along at a good pace. The lion's share of the time is given over to a day by day, blow by blow account detailing the court proceedings. These accounts are so good that in places you can believe yourself to be in the public gallery and can feel the tension and horror as this macabre tale unfolds.
    The crimes, which rocked America in the late 60's and early 70's, are truly horrific. Bugliosi does not shy away from revealing the cold, callous and detached nature of each defendant; none of whom show the slightest remorse for their barbaric actions. Neither too are we sheltered from the abundant stabbings, shootings, hangings, and mutilations. There are ample official statements, legal examinations, cross-examinations and personal conversations to satisfy even the most curious. The reader's inclusion 'in the court' so to speak, might for some readers prove too much, but by a combination of thoroughness, attention to detail and style the author takes us into the bizarre world of Charles Manson.
    He is a 'wannabe' but unsuccessful musician, drug user and, for more than half of his life, a frequenter of numerous penitentiaries. He is the self-styled guru of 'The Family' where most of the members are young, impressionable runaways. Lost, lonely and anti-establishment they, by numerous avenues end up at Manson's door. Most are female, most claim to be in love with Manson, most claim he possesses special power or is the embodiment of Christ or Satan (terms Manson uses of himself). The late 60's mix of sex, free love and drugs are used to full effect and, more often than not, the girls are used to attract new recruits. In turn, through a dangerous cocktail of charisma, fear and violence, added to delusionary interpretations brought on by 'hidden' meaning in a number of the Beatles songs, Manson creates a dependency upon himself and his words. In short - he controls their thoughts, actions and lives. He, Manson, plays the pipe, they dance in time until they kill to order, but as Bugliosi shows they too are willing participants in this 'game'.
    Crucial to the prosecution's case is the motive for the murders - Helter Skelter. Bugliosi shows that through his interpretation of the Beatles lyrics, his predisposition to violence, his anti-establishment and racism, Manson attempts to kick-start a race war in America. BR>If the book has a down side it would be that the real comparisons between Charles Manson and Adolf Hitler are pretty tenuous; Bugliosi's frequent portrayal of himself in the, 'I'm always right' camp when comparing himself to his opponents in defence counsel, gets a bit irritating and the use of aliases with some of the main players in the 'Family' can get confusing at times. That said, for any true crime buffs out there who like their reading material to be a real mix of the gruesome and the legal, this book is a must.
    This review covers the 1974 paperback edition.

    I highly suggest that everybody read this book. It is, without hesitation, a genuine masterpiece in real life horror.

    The first page on the book reads: "The Story in Which You Are About to Read Will Scare the Hell Out of You". That is not an understatement. This book literally kept me up at night fearing that someone could just simply walk into my living room at any minute. It was so vividly described that it put the fear of God in me when I could literally picture the entire array of murders accurately inside my head. It is such a horrifying aspect, a sea of thoughts that will forever remain inside your subconsciousness. I guarantee that when you read the passages describing the horrendous Tate/LaBianca murders, you will gradually build the entire picture inside your brain, to the point where you will feel like you are there, looking down on an excruciating scene of human barbarity. Not ONE detail is left to the imagination.

    You will feel like you are inside the investigation, working with Bugliosi to pinpoint these motives, journeying with the killers step by step as they act out there darkest fantasies. You will begin to second guess "The White Album" and be disturbed by Manson's seemingly psychotic interpretation of it. (Make a point to listen to this album afterwards, and you will feel transported back to the Spahn Ranch where the madness soon ensued) You will feel yourself singing crazy ballads with the Family, you will become ancy inside Susan Atkins' jail cell. You will be scared alongside Linda Kasabian on the long night ride to the Tate house. All these feelings and more will incorporate your senses whilst reading this horrifying story.

    All I can do to recommend this book enough to you is to say that it stayed with me and disturbed me for years to come. Every time I read this novel, I become obsessed with the events, haunted when I'm lounging around "in the dead of night". Trust me, reading this book is like surviving the events yourself. With its graphic detail and play by play analyzation of every possible occurence, "Helter Skelter" is one of the best true crime novels ever written. I can't suggest a better title for you to read. Be warned, however: Only immerse yourself in this world if you have a desire to be constantly frightened and possess a strong tolerance for graphic descriptions of violence. Not a book for the kiddies!

    Reviewed by J.C. Hoyt

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    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most harrowing crime stories ever...
    I first read "Helter Skelter" the same summer I read "In Cold Blood." Both books left indelible images in my psyche and ensured I would never look at the world of crime and investigation the same again.

    I've never read a book quite like HS since. Bugliosi and Gentry have written a taught and gripping blow-by-blow account of the two seemingly unconnected streams of events, the Tate/La Bianca murders and Manson's cult, how they horribly intersected and the breathtaking resolution.

    Bugliosi's reminiscences provide both the personal anguish that the investigation caused him and his family and the urgent immediacy that gripped him and the community to see that justice was finally done.

    Unforgettable and unflinching, "Helter Skelter" forces us to look into the eyes of evil and learn more about ourselves.

    See also my reviews of the "Helter Skelter" TV movie and the audio book version.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for facts and court, but...
    If what you want is an avalanche of factual detail about the Tate/LaBianca/Hinman murders, the investigation surrounding those murders, and the trials of Manson and some of his Family members, this is the book for you. It's clear that Bugliosi is a gifted prosecutor with a keen eye for detail and organizational abilities worthy of an Army quartermaster on campaign. The guy didn't miss a trick, and his version of events is compelling.

    The book, however, would be more compelling by far if Bugliosi understood the meaning of the word "humble." In every facet of the investigation, in every recorded moment of the trial, he is right, and anyone who didn't have his ability with details and organization is wrong. I suppose the problem with exceptionally gifted people is that they often have little patience for those who operate at lesser levels.

    Bugliosi's descriptions of the trial and the Everest-like proportions of evidence that needed to be sifted through, make it clear that it all he could do--with the help of LAPD, LASO, and other jurisdictions' police departments--to get his fact investigation taken care of. Certainly, had he not had different police detectives working for him, he never would have been able to present the case as he did. Yet he seems to think that the Manson Family defense attorneys should have been able to keep up with him and realize the significance of everything just as he did. He gives barely a nod to the fact that it was one's first trial, another had never won a trial before, all of them were working hard in a situation where they were probably under threat of their lives, and *none* of them were getting paid much if anything for their work.

    Bugliosi had police protection, a guaranteed salary, and information that trickled in over a period of months, leaving him time to assess it for worth. The defense attorneys had clients whose friends just might do more than threaten them if things went bad, wre making little if any money while expending much of their own, and were given information in huge batches that likely overwhelmed them and likely dimmed the significance of any one particular thing. The prosecutor, regardless of discovery rules, has far more of an advantage over the defense than Bugliosi seems willing to admit.

    If you take the book at face value, you will probably come to the conclusion that everyone involved in the Manson prosecution and defense, except for Bugliosi, is either foolish, lazy, or stupid. However, if you read it with the intention of picking up the facts of the case and the details of the trial, you will come out of the experience with a great deal of knowledge and the opinion that Bugliosi, maybe, just can't help coming off sounding like a tool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Read this 20 years ago
    I think that the previous reviews are correct in the fact that this book is very vivid with details and frightening, to say the least. My 14 year old son mentioned wanting to read this book and I instantly recalled my horror while reading this about 20 years ago. I have been told that the cover is the only big change in the editions since it was first printed. I can see why many readers had a hard time sleeping after putting down this book. I read constantly and love to read non-fiction but I have never had a book consume me as this one did. You are truly transported back in time and to the depths of evil while reading this engrossing, true account. After reading so many books over the years, I usually have to have some prompting to remember exactly which book someone is referring to. That will never be the case with this book. It will stay with you forever. I no longer have my older version and am still considering whether my son is mature enough to read this but I recommend this book to anyone who wants an in depth look at these events. ... Read more

    6. Underboss
    by Peter Maas
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    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
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    In 1992, the highest-ranking member of the Mafia in America ever to defect broke his oath of silence and testified against his boss, John Gotti.Gravano's story is about starting out on the street, about killing and being killed, revealing the truth behind a quarter century of shocking headlines. It is also a tragic story of a wasted life, of unalterable choices and the web of lies, weakness and treachery that underlies the so-called Honored Society. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars best book on cosa nostra i've ever read
    When I first decided to get this book and read it, I had my doubts.. because of my contempt for anyone who becomes a rat, but once I started reading it I really couldn't put it down. I LOVE this book. I have read it many times, and I'm still not sick of it. The beauty of this book is it is all told in Gravano's own words, quoted. Hearing Sammy tell the story word for word is just great. This book isn't just about the Gotti era, and that's good.. theres enough books that focus only on that... this is Sammy's life story. No matter how much you dislike rats, it's hard to dislike Sammy after reading this. It seems really honest, he doesn't try to seem like a good guy, he says how he really feels about things (usually after whacking someone out, 'it's cosa nostra, what can you do' haha).. and you gotta respect that. After reading this, you don't feel as sorry for Gotti. Sammy stayed loyal to this close to him, he refused to testify against anyone in his old crew. Interestinly enough (this isn't in the book, it's recent news) the government recently indicted someone from Sammy's old crew on charges of conspiring to murder Sammy.. What does Sammy do? He testifies on the defenses behalf, saying that Toddo would never try to kill him! Truely a man's man! Still, though, you gotta keep in mind how many people the guy brought down other than Gotti... I think it's a shame he testified against Vicent "The Chin" Gigante, boss of the Genovese family. The Chin was a much more interesting boss than Gotti.. the difference is he didn't have the same pathetic affection for the media that Gotti had. Anywy, I don't think Sammy was the one who brought Gotti down.. Gotti's ego brought Gotti down, Sammy may have just helped speed up the process. Read this book, it's better than wiseguy 5++ stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you loved "GoodFellas"...
    Many reviewers have compared this work to Nicholas Pileggi's fine book "Wiseguy" (which was the basis for the movie "GoodFellas"). And rightfully so. "Wiseguy" concerned real life crime figure Henry Hill and how he eventually turned government informant against the mob. "Underboss" likewise tells the tale of a mobster turned informant, except this time the stool pigeon, Sammy Gravano, is a capo (and later a consigliere) in the Gambino crime family, and the mafioso he fingers is none other than John Gotti himself.

    As you might expect, "Underboss" is a fascinating read. (Author Peter Maas previously wrote the books "Serpico" and "The Valachi Papers", among others, so he knows how to tell a good crime story). Gravano does not portray himself as a saint. He candidly reveals in horrifying (though not gory) detail crimes he committed in the mob, including some nineteen murders and literally hundreds of burglaries, armed robberies, and kickback/extortion plots. All the major New York crime bosses of the time (Carlo Gambino, Joe Columbo, Paul Castellano, Vincent Gigante, and of course Gotti) figure in the proceedings, as Gavano had dealings with them and others, as well.

    Unlike some true crime books where you end up skipping chapters to get to the "good stuff", this book was gripping every step of the way. So much so that I ended reading it cover to cover, all 301 pages, in less than a week. If you're looking for a good insider's book on the Mafia, this is it.

    I enjoyed reading the book not just for the entertainment value, but also for the things it taught me about life in the mob. Some of the things I learned are the organization structure, codes of conduct, methods of intimidation, sources of mob income, and the absolute ruthlessness of the lifestyle.

    I like reading these kinds of books not because I think this life these people like Sammy Gravano lead was somehow cool or glamorous. Nothing could be farther from the truth. It's a dangerous, deceptive, wicked lifestyle. I enjoy reading mob books like this because I get a look into a different world I am rarely if ever exposed to. And of course this book, being a true story and interview of a former high-level mob underboss made it a very interesting read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Maybe the last chapter of La Cosa Nostra, & it's a great one
    This really is an amazing insider account of arguably the most famous Italian Mafia family in American history, and the book more than lives up to its billing. The most dramatic thought that I came away with after reading "Underboss" is that Sammy the Bull didn't bring down Gotti and the Gambinos - Gotti did that. Sammy just put the final nail in the coffin.

    Gotti's arrogant, publicity seeking ways were ultimately what brought down the Gambino family. Had Gotti been a little more humble and knew the art of "laying low" after several acquittals, he very well may never have been convicted, or at least he would have been out of jail and in power much longer. AND, had he not stabbed Gravano in the back, as Sammy heard on the tapes in a courtroom, Sammy may never have testified against Gotti in the first place.

    But, the truth is, Sammy is no model citizen, as he readily attests to in the book. He kills his brother-in-law and performs a number of other murders for seemingly minor Mafia indiscretions. To his credit, though, he doesn't pretend portray himself as a victim, either. Since he's currently doing a 20-year stretch for running an E ring, that's poetic justice in the eyes of the many he betrayed to avoid prison for his underworld doings. Sammy's lived quite a life, and this book let's the curious in on the action. It's probably one of the best Mafia books I've ever read. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Account
    This is for sure one of the best book on the subject ever written. Peter Maas comes really close and describes the life of a mobster in great captivating detail. There is a tendency to put Gravano up to be a bit of a star with morals and ethics above and beyond what the rest of the gangsters have. Perhaps he is, but it still took him an enormous amount of killing and torturing to decide on a better way to use his talent. In any case the book is a fantastic read. ... Read more

    7. Pointing from the Grave: A True Story of Murder and Dna, Library Edition
    by Samantha Weinberg, Nadia May
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    Asin: 0786124164
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    Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
    Sales Rank: 1157088
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    This is the remarkable and gripping true story of a murderer and his victim, and the tiny molecule that linked their fates. It is both the history of a science overlaid with human drama, and a human tragedy inextricably entwined with science. It is about two lives made and destroyed by DNA —and by each other.

    In 1984, Helena Greenwood, a young British DNA scientist, was sexually assaulted in her San Francisco cottage. A year later and 500 miles south, she was strangled to death. The alleged rapist, Paul Frediani, was the prime suspect, but police and forensic experts failed to link him to the murder. The crime was consigned to the cold case file.

    Over the next fifteen years, Frediani continued his life — with a job, children, and apparently nothing to tie him to Greenwood’s death. Scientists, meanwhile, were beginning to use DNA to unravel the riddle of human identity. Their discoveries beat a path from the laboratory to the courtroom. In 1999, this prompted a determined San Diego detective, Laura Heilig, to reopen the Greenwood file, where she discovered a vital clue.

    Like a classic thriller, this is a tale of twists and turns. From crime scene to courtroom, laboratory bench to prison cell, Pointing from the Grave is the unforgettable story of how a dead woman’s groundbreaking work pointed the finger at her own murderer. ... Read more

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    David Paul Frediani is the perpetrator and Helena Greenwood is the victim. Around 15 years is the time period of investigation and this case was finalized in the year 2000. All up-to-date stuff. You discover the history of DNA and its application to crime detection which is a fascinating subject and also the fact that hundreds of inmates have been released from prison as it was proven they were innocent. The thrust of this story however, are the deeds of David Frediani, his incredible self-made alibis, those who helped him (a handful of people), and how he was eventually brought to justice because of the work of a handful of law enforcement people. I thought if the volume was cut by about 25 pages it would have rated 5 stars. This is one of the early detections using DNA and if it had occured much earlier then Mr. Frediani would have gotten away free...forever.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Murder Mystery and a History of DNA Research
    Helena Greenwood was the head of marketing at a biotech company in southern California. She was present at the dawn of DNA testing in her industry, and when she heard about the newly patented method of DNA fingerprinting, she told the directors of her firm, "This DNA fingerprinting is going to be big. I think we should get into it." She was just the person to influence the firm in that direction, but in 1985 she was murdered in the front garden of her home. There was a suspect, but no witnesses, no fibers, no fingerprints, and the homicide department put the murder in the archive for more than a decade. Then a resourceful investigator found physical evidence in the file, and, ironically, used the same DNA testing on it that Greenwood had been promoting. The history of this case, and the results, are told in a fascinating detective story, _Pointing from the Grave: A True Story of Murder and DNA_ (Miramax) by Samantha Weinberg. The book does not simply relate the facts of the case and profile the personalities involved, but it also gives a satisfying and useful history of DNA research and the effect of that research on forensic investigations.

    Weinberg intercuts her murder story with visits to labs and descriptions of the history of DNA going back to before Watson and Crick. One of Weinberg's digressions is to the Innocence Project, which has used DNA evidence to free wrongly convicted prisoners. The Project's efforts have shown that courts and juries are more badly flawed than anyone had previously suspected, and have increased the importance of DNA for fair legal investigation. But the useful digressions in _Pointing from the Grave_ all hang on the story of Greenwood's murder, and that story is very well told indeed. In 1998, an investigator found Greenwood's fingernail clippings taken at the autopsy, and thought that perhaps under the fingernails would be skin samples for investigation. When Greenwood had been murdered, such evidence was useless; fifteen years later, it provided the basis for the arrest of a charming sociopath who at the time of the murder had had been out on bail for sexually assaulting her. His lawyer attempted to use the defense that the science was untested, to "persuade the jury it was voodoo," but in 2001, juries had heard enough about DNA successes, and prosecutors had had enough experience with demonstrating the reliability of such evidence, to make a difference.

    Weinberg has interviewed many of the scientists whose work she mentions, and has had jailhouse interviews with the accused. She has become friends with his family, who are sad figures ("they were the essence of the American suburban family") trying to understand how a nurturing and non-abusive upbringing could have turned out so. There are vital portraits of all the players at the trial here, and a summary of the proceedings that is exciting. Unforgettable is Greenwood's father; he was proud of his science-inclined only child, and devastated by her death. "There's enough sadness in the world," he said, "without people killing each other." He compared it to stones thrown in a pond, "... the ripples as they grow outward bring misery to everyone." When he said this, prostate cancer was painfully killing him in England, but he had hung on to life for years hoping to have his daughter's death resolved. He heard the verdict relayed to him by telephone, and died only hours later.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truth Can Be Stranger Than Fiction
    I walked into this one knowing the outcome and essential facts. This case had been covered on either Unsolved Mysteries or one of the many forensic shows available through cable tv and I was immediately familiar with it.
    The pleasant surprise was the book's essential structure and Ms. Weinberg's writing style. This was a true story that in many ways was written like a great crime novel. Her cast of characters had well developed personalities. Her research was meticulous. She was able to build a level of suspense when her reader already knew where she was going. Weinberg managed to maintain a level of objectivity and even a level of sympathy for the perpetrator while managing to be mindful that this person wasn't innocent.
    As for my own reaction to this story, I became almost immediately hooked. There was almost a creepy aspect here as I had stayed at a hotel no more than 2 blocks from the scene of the crime last October. Her descriptions were so intensely visual that I almost felt like I was in Del Mar witnessing the crime scene first hand. I kept thinking that this all seemed so surreal. On a certain level I kept thinking the title could have been Murder In Paradise.
    This book was researched very thorougly and many people who were involved closely to the victim, perpetrator, or the investigations conducted were interviewed at length.
    Of course, as the title implies, the victim was indirectly responsible for nailing her murderer 15 years after the fact. While there is a certain irony in that, by no means is that the whole story.
    I read this book in slightly over 3 hours. Usually I don't speed read when I'm reading for pleasure, but it was so compelling I just couldn't wait to move forward.
    Be forwarned that I only review books that I really like or really detest. I absolutely loved this one. ... Read more

    8. Double Deal : The Inside Story of Murder, Unbridled Corruption, and the Cop Who Was a Mobster
    by Sam Giancana, Michael Corbitt
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    Asin: 0060530960
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    Average Customer Review: 3.58 out of 5 stars
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    Growing up poor and angry, Michael Corbitt fought his way up the ranks of greasers and street gangs until he attracted the attention of Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana, who placed him on the Willow Springs, Illinois, police force. By the time he was appointed chief of police, he'd also moved up the Outfit's ranks to live the high life of a respected mobster. Corbitt's luck turned when he was indicted on charges of racketeering and conspiracy to murder. Although he faced a twenty-year sentence, he refused to testify against organized crime figures under the witness protection program, maintaining instead the mafioso's code of silence.

    Now Corbitt breaks that silence. Making no excuses for his dual existence, he bares his soul, confessing in graphic detail a life lived as both saint and sinner, a life that moves back and forth between the worlds of police officer and gangster with schizophrenic ease. Michael Corbitt recounts a life in the fast lane, where a new breed of wiseguys walks a tight rope of intrigue that spans thirty years and stretches around the globe from the Bay of Pigs to Iran Contra.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad
    I found this book very interesting and easy to read. Personally, the writing style was fine with me. Corbitt makes a statement in the front of the book that everything he says is the truth. He also says someone will probably get whacked over it. But who? At the end you find out that virtually every person he refers to in the book is now dead. Who is left to get whacked and who can corroborate this incredible story? If all he says is true, it's one hell of story. That's a big "IF", however. My guess is that the truth is somewhere in the middle of what Mike Corbitt actually claims it to be. I also suspect Corbitt has many more dirty little secrets he hasn't yet told.

    5-0 out of 5 stars WILD SIDE

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate
    As a life long resident of the SW side of Chicago I was able to corroborate many of the accounts Mr. Corbitt gives in Double Deal. Many of the "baby boomers" who were "in the Know" from my area stated that Mr. Corbitt was a very influential gangster associate on the SW side. The man was heavy and dangerous. He killed people,but many were in the line of duty. He also made it very clear in the book that he wasn't an angel.The man gives some very accurate accounts of his life and experiences

    3-0 out of 5 stars If you like "true" gangster stories. . .
    . . .you may wish to spend some time with this book.

    The book tells the story of a small-time hood who, due to friends, and not really to any talent of his own, becomes a moderately significant figure in Chicagoland organized crime in the 60's, 70's, and 80's.

    Believe me, the main character (and co-author) Michael Corbitt is not really a likeable or sympathetic character. What I found most interesting about the book was the willingness of law enforcement -- on all levels, including the prosecutors who eventually brought him in -- to behave in ways quite similar to those "mobsters" they are trying to control.

    There are truly no real "good guys" in this book.

    As I said, if you like this genre, the book is worth reading. If the genre doesn't interest you, "The Godfather" is a much better story!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Sleazy Loser Tries to Cash In
    They might have a great sense of humor, or love their mother or support various charities, but in the end, most are cold-blooded murderers.

    That descripion only fits the top mob bosses. Scummier still are the average hoodlums that make up a crime organization and that's where Michael Corbitt fits in. A street thug ends up making a few friends that help buy a corrupt gas station business. Next thing that happens is that he joins a corrup police force in Illinois and when the drunken chief retires, he is made chief.

    Eventually, the law and his fellow sleazebags catch up with Corbitt so here comes his book. Sure, the book is interesting, but Corbitt was never a main man. He was just a very small player in a much larger organization. What's shocking is that he was able to so as a top police official in Illinois, but given some history in that state, how surprising is it?

    To summarize the book, you will find that Corbitt has killed people, he helped cover up a murder, he was involved in all kinds of other corrupt illegal activity, he stole millions from the taxpayers of his community.

    Somehow I'm supposed to feel sorry for this scumbag or have sympathy for him? ... Read more

    9. TEARS OF RAGE: FROM GRIEVING FATHER TO CRUSADR FR : From Grieving Father to Crusader for Justice: The Untold Story of the Adam Walsh Case
    by John Walsh
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    Asin: 0671577549
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
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    As the host of the immensely popular America's Most Wanted, John Walsh has been instrumentalin the capture of nearly four hundred and fifty of this country's most dangerous fugitives. However, few know the full story of the personal tragedy behindhis public crusade: the 1981 abduction and murder of his six-year-old son, Adam. Here, for the first time, Walsh, his wife Revé, and their closest friends tell the wrenching tale of Adam's death -- and the infuriating conspiracy of events that have kept America's No. 1 crime fighter from obtaining justice and closure for himself and his family.

    This is the powerful story of Walsh's transformation from grieving father to full-time activist, and how he enlarged the search for Adam's killer into an exhaustive, sixteen-year battle on behalf of thousands of missing and abused children. Today, his actions have sparked an international victims' rights movement that gives a voice to the millions each year whose lives are touched by violent crime.

    The dramatic impact of John Walsh's fight for change is finally being felt among policy makers, law enforcement agencies, and parents. The heartbreaking story chronicled in Tears of Rage is, ultimately, the story of a true American hero: a man who challenged the system in the name of his son. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars by Tricia Marrapodi
    "Tears of Rage" is a compelling look at John Walsh's tragedy and triumph as an advocate for missing children: the legal and personal heart break he and his family had to endure after his only son, Adam,6, was kidnapped from a Florida shopping mall and murdered. The charismatic Walsh proved that one person can make a difference. As host of "America's Most Wanted" he has been a crusader for children and adults alike, making this a safer world for all of us. "Tears of Rage" will remind you just how important it is to stay close to your children and family, remind them how much you love them and always be there for them and to protect them. John Walsh is an exemplary role model and a man's man, as he has proven in keeping America safer for all of us. One man who made a difference through his own personal tragedy and has gone on to triumph.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book will give you nightmares, but it is a MUST read.
    John Walsh and Susan Schindehette have done an excellent job in bringing the nightmare of child abduction and lack of victim's rights into focus within the pages of this remarkable book.

    From the moment I started reading, I was hooked and drug , sometimes unwillingly, into the reality that has been Mr. Walsh's life since his six-year-old son Adam was abducted and killed on July 27, 1981. The authors spare no details and I often found myself wondering how John Walsh was able to re-examine the past in such a way that I can only imagine was like pouring salt into a wound that can never heal.

    The book reveals the extent that the Hollywood, Florida Police department bungled the Adam Walsh case, but even worse how this bungling occurs daily throughout the United States as victims of crimes continue to have little to no say in their own cases and investigations.

    The graphic reality in this book may not sit well with all readers, but I guarantee that it is a necessar! y ingredient for opening the reader's eyes to the problems that existed and exist within our legal system.

    The title Tears of Rage is an appropriate one for I found that the book started with tears and ended with rage, for both the Author(s) and the reader. Once you've opened the book and read the prologue, you'll find it very hard to put down.

    The only negative thing I have to say about the book is that since finishing it, I haven't slept all that well, because I keep dreaming about being in a situation where I want to help some abducted kid, and I keep running into road blocks. Luckily for me it is just a nightmare, for Mr. Walsh and thousands of other parents it was and is reality.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read in years.
    I'm not really a fan of John Walsh (I've probably only watched America's Most Wanted 5 times in it's entire run), but when I was stuck on a 12 hour trip with nothing to read but this book, it was pretty hard to pass up. I think I made the right decision in picking it up because it really is a good read.

    While this book does in fact tell about John Walsh, it's much more than that. The first couple of chapters are pretty average, telling about the life of John and his wife, about the things his son, Adam, would do, and everything else that describes the Walsh family.

    "Book Two" goes into great detail how Adam was kidnapped, the long and exhausting search, and more. The book really does a good job in describing the unbearable pain that the Walsh family was feeling, and how the local police seemed to not show very much interest in the case.

    The part of the book that I find most interesting/disturbing is after John starts hosting America's Most Wanted and we learn about some of the very sick individuals that AMW (thankfully) captured.

    Overall, I think this is an excellent book and would recommend it to everyone, including those who aren't fans of John Walsh. This book really teaches you the value of life and how we can take so much for granted.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
    This is a really good book and if you want to know what inspired John Walsh to become the man he is today, well then, this book explains everything. This book will take you inside his life and how hard it was to lose his son and rebuild his life knowing he had to take action against those who preyed on children and other victims as well. So, if you want to know what all he went through and how he got to where he is today, then this will tell everything. I couldn't put the book down because it told everything in plane honesty and was so capturing. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Truly Sad, Sadly True
    Most of us open the mailbox and barely glance through the junk and flyers that clutter our letters and bills. But sometimes a chilling picture stares back at you from the top of the mail stack. "Have You Seen Me?" It asks. And that alone is enough to make me stop in my tracks and stare right back. In those eyes there is no crime. There's no reason that something so horrible should happen to anyone. In this book, Tears of Rage, by John Walsh, there is little that compares to the horror and sadness of murder.

    John Walsh and his wife Reve had a beautiful son, Adam. They were a happy family, and just as normal as can be. This book broke my heart as John described when his son Adam was abducted from a department store and murdered. No one should have to ever go through something like that, and it's really important to me that people, who are faced with that pain, show others what happened. It's like when you trip over a tree root or something. It's important that you tell the other kids in the playground what happened so that they won't overlook it too.

    People nowadays are growing more and more careless, and books like this one are all it took for me to appreciate what I have and look at things more carefully. It not only made me sad, but it also enraged me. The police were described in this book in such a way that made me feel unsafe. They looked at the abduction of this little boy, and were hesitant to even lift a finger, leaving John and his family to do the dirty work. When someone's hurting, I think everyone should work together to solve the problem, instead of leaving the burden on that one person.

    I suppose this book is not intended for younger readers, and even though I don't have kids or younger siblings, it is still heart wrenching to think of murder and loss. We're all human, and hearing other people's painful stories is always going to affect us. This is very different from the books I'd normally read, but I was inspired by a TV documentary on the Adam Walsh case, to read this book. If I had one thing to say to John Walsh, it would be "Good for you, John. Good for you." If he hadn't written such an honest and powerful book, I think a lot of us would be victims, because of carelessness. Additionally, John Walsh was invited to host America's Most Wanted, which helps locate more and more missing children every year.

    In a nutshell, I highly recommend this book to anyone. You won't find a true story like this one anywhere else, so take advantage of it. I have to warn you that it's a very deep and moving story that you have to be prepared for. Some of the parts made me really emotional, so please remember that this is the true story of the murder of a child, and a father's coping. This book is real, and strong, but I'm really glad I read it. I give it five stars because it really hit me, and it is very well written in my opinion. ... Read more

    10. Killing Pablo
    by Mark Bowden
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    Includes enhanced CD with exclusive video of the actual hunt for Pablo Escobar

    On July 22, 1992, Colombian druglord Pablo Escobar walked out of the luxurious prison he built for himself and disappeared into the Colombian jungle. His audacious escape destroyed the nation's tenuous ceasefire with its infamous narcos, and pushed it into open war with the Medellin Drug cartel.

    Over the coming days and weeks, the United States launched a joint military and intelligence operation with the Colombian government, assembling a team of expert personnel and an arsenal of state-of-the-art weaponry and surveillance technology the likes of which the world had never seen. Their mission: to track down Pablo.

    But this time, they knew it would not be enough to just capture Escobar. This time, they would have to finish the job. This time, they were going to kill him.

    Killing Pablo is the inside story of the brutal rise and violent fall of Colombian cocaine cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar. Bowden's gripping narrative sounds as if it were torn from the pages of a military technothriller. Action-packed and unputdownable, Killing Pablo is a tour de force of investigative journalism and a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Second to Black Hawk Down
    Killing Pablo is a book that should have been made into a movie. It had every aspect of a good movie needed to succeed. Pablo Escobar, who was at the time, the single most powerful drug trafficker in the world. As he became more powerful, he believed the more people needed to be taken out. Little did he know this was the beginning of his long and violent downfall. Mark Bowden again delivers a book that reads very easy. Full of information about hundreds of people involved with either Pablo's rise or Pablo's fall, Killing Pablo is one of the most informitive books I have read about beginning of the drug wars that have consumed the United States of America for now well over 10 years. With the current escalating situation in South America, Killing Pablo is a great book to gain a better understanding of why exactly there are American soldiers down there. I would recomend this book to anybody who enjoys furthering their knowledge of modern day wars, or who has enjoyed books like this, for example Black Hawk Down, in the past. I give it 4 stars because it is not as good as Black Hawk Down, and doesnt deserve to be given and equal rating. A very well done book though.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Informative, yet unfulfilling
    For a straight journalistic account of how the U.S. Government joined forces with elements of the Colombian government to hunt down and kill Pablo Escobar, "Killing Pablo" brings the goods. The years long pursuit of the man many considered to be the world's most notorious outlaw was punctuated by epic corruption and fantastic levels of sickening violence. All of this author Mark Bowdon scrupulously documents. The problem with the book is that Bowden has no sources who were truly on the inside of Escobar's empire. This is not surprising given that most of his associates were killed. But without first hand accounts of many of the violent incidents, they become a blur of facts that eventually become mind numbing. By all accounts, Escobar was a cunning and ruthless man, but without first hand accounts, the reader really doesn't get to know him. As a result, Bowden's narrative tends to drag after awhile.

    Bowden does an excellent job of humanizing the men, both American and Colombian, who were reponsible for Escobar's downfall. But their stories are just not as interesting. Ultimately, at the end of the book Bowden shows just how futile the drug war has been to date. It would be nice to think that the book might help America rethink its drug startegy. But I think that's being overly optomistic.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Reading Pablo
    I picked up this book because I really liked Black Hak Down. This book is written in the same style that made BHD a great book. There is great attention to detail, personal portraits of the characters, and an ever-evolving storyline. My exposure to Pablo Escobar before this book was just a brief understanding that he was a drug dealer from way back. Other than that I could not tell you much about the guy. But after reading this book, I have a much better understanding of the man and why the U.S. wanted him neutralized.

    Great read. Quick read. Must buy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars an interesting argument against the drug war
    This book, inadvertently, I suspect, is really an argument against the drug war. By now a cliche, this line of thought postulates that, were drugs like cocaine not criminalized in the states, there would be no or little incentive for murderous thugs in Latin America to risk murder and lengthy prison times getting the drug in this country.

    Thus, one could argue, quite blithely, that, had the American government wised up and attempted to regulate drug trafficking like any other international business, many of the unsavory elements of the business would depart for greener (more illicit) pastures. The natural consequence of this, of course, would be that millions of dollars otherwise spent on futile attempts at interdiction and eradication would be spent elsewhere, and many of the thousands of people killed both in the United States and Latin America over the past 25 years would instead be alive.

    Would that it were true that the United States could hew to the lessons learned in the alcohol trade: once alcohol was legal again in the United States and it became a regulated drug sold only to people legally eligible to buy it, the violence associated with it declined precipitously. In fact, the only violence associated with alcohol use today is domestic violence and drunk driving. Those violent acts, while of course tragic to all those involved in them, are far fewer and far less bloody than the gang wars initiated by Al Capone and his antogonists.

    That the same lesson applies in the drug war is sad.

    On another note, a number of reviewers on this site have mentioned many apparent parallels between the hunt for Pablo Escobar and the hunt for Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden. While it is true that, superficially, there are parallels, such as the US government deciding that its national security in all three instances was at risk with these monsters operating openly, it is nonetheless an unfair comparison. Relatively few Colombians liked Escobar, and he never had the legitimacy of the state behind him, as did Hussein.

    Given all that, this is an excellent account of the travails leading up to, and concluding with, the execution of Escobar.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Read
    This book was a great read. I had always been interested in the story about Pablo's rise and fall, and this book was very well written, and informative. ... Read more

    11. Under the Streets of Nice
    by Rene Louis Maurice, Ken Follett, Roddy McDowall
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    1-0 out of 5 stars Even the author doesn't recommend it
    This novel is a translation from a book originally written in French. Ken is the third author that attempted to translate this book into English. Visit the Ken Follett web site and learn the story behind this book. It's also titled The Heist of the Century and The Gentlemen of 16 July. Ken considers this book "a nightmare" that won't go away and he doesn't even recommend buying it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars READ IT
    It's fun, it's brilliant, the author as the main person are both geniuses and it's a true story ... Read more

    12. Death's Acre : Inside the Legendary Forensics Lab--The Body Farm--Where the Dead Do Tell Tales
    by Bill Bass, Jon Jefferson
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    Nowhere is there another lab like Dr. Bill Bass's: On a hillside in Tennessee, human bodies decompose in the open air, aided by insects, bacteria and birds, unhindered by coffins or mausoleums. At the "Body Farm," nature takes its course, with corpses buried in shallow graves, submerged in water, concealed beneath slabs of concrete, locked in trunks of cars. As stand-ins for murder victims, they serve the needs of science -- and the cause of justice.

    For thirty years, Dr. Bass's research has revolutionized the field of forensic science, particularly by pinpointing "time since death" in murder cases. In this riveting audiobook, he investigates real cases and leads listeners on an unprecedented journey behind the locked gates of the Body Farm. A master scientist and an engaging storyteller, Bass shares his most intriguing work: his revisit of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder, fifty years after the fact; the mystery of a headless corpse whose identity astonished the police; the telltale bugs that finally sent a murderous grandfather to death row; and many more.

    Forensic science and murder investigations are among the most fascinating topics of our time. Dominating television and print media the subjects could not be hotter. As one of the world's leading forensic anthropologists, Dr. Bill Bass is the premier guide to this unusual realm. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read for forensic science buffs
    I am from Knoxville, TN, and have grown up with the "mystery" of the body farm. The book is wonderful in its detail of how and why the research facility was started. I read the book in two days, and was left with wanting more. For those in the southeast area, you might recognize some of the case studies mentioned in the book, and it's interesting to find out how much UT's anthropology department was involved in those cases.

    It was also nice to learn more about Dr. Bass' personal life, not just his vital stats. He is a bit of a local legend, so it was nice to see the "human" side of him in this book.

    For anyone interested in forensic science, don't pass up this chance to learn more about it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    This is a book that is hard to put down. Those who have read Patrica Cornwell's novel, "The Body Farm", are already familiar with the forensic lab set up by Dr. Bill Bass that studies decomposition of the human body. In "Death's Acre" Bass tells the non-fiction account of how the body farm came to be. Along with the forensic details, are interesting cases that Bass has worked. The cases explain the need for this often gruesome line of study. Thomas Noguchi and Michael Baden used this method very effectively in educating the public about forensic pathology. Bass now opens the eyes of the public by explaining more about the world of forensic anthropology. This is a fascinating and entertaining book, as Bass is able to convey his story with intelligence, humor, and compassion.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Engaging, though not for the faint of heart
    This is an utterly fascinating book describing a series of case studies taken from the career of the first author, Bill Bass, who is one of the nation's leading forensic anthropologists and the founder of the Body Farm. I had first encountered the Body Farm from reading about it in the book by Mary Roach, "Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers" (a wickedly funny and interesting book in its own right). I have also had a life-long interest in true crime books, so when I found out about "Death's Acre" I ordered it promptly.

    And I was not disappointed. A previous reviewer expressed some dissatisfaction that the book did not deal solely with the work done at the Body Farm. While it is true that the title of the book is perhaps misleading in this regard, I personally am glad that the book focused as much as it did on the variety of cases that Dr. Bass consulted on throughout his career. I find it more interesting to hear about how forensic anthropology can help bring a murderer to justice than to read clinical data regarding just how many maggots can hatch in a body after 30 minutes in what temperature.

    This is probably a good time to offer a gentle warning: This is a great book and totally fascinating, but if that last sentence about maggots upset you, you should probably forego buying and reading this book because that is only a mild taste of what you will encounter inside its pages. What happens to a human body after death isn't pretty, and the authors do a great job of describing it clinically and in terms that a lay audience will understand. But you need a pretty strong stomach to deal with it, especially when what is being described is, say, the brutally murdered body of a four-year-old girl. The book also contains a section of photographs, some of which involve decaying bodies (naturally enough given that this is the subject matter of the book), but if you do not particularly want to see pictures of decaying bodies, find another book to read.

    But I would not want prospective readers to think that this book is gory just for the sake of sensationalism. The authors draw a compelling portrait of the role of forensic science in solving crimes and convicting the perpetrators of the crimes. The tone of the book is always scientific and the attitude toward the victims and research subjects at the Body Farm highly respectful.

    The writing is also terrific. I think Dr. Blass made an excellent decision when he enlisted Jon Jefferson as co-author, as the writing is more literary and enjoyable than you expect from most mainstream academicians. The only suggestion for improvement I would make is that I wish the authors had included a few more pictures or diagrams of some of the more important diagnostic cues that are relied on in determining gender, age, and race. For example, we are repeatedly told of structural differences in the pelvis and skull that help to determine sex; it would have been helpful to see diagrams illustrating those differences.

    Bottom line: Terrific book, one that left me half-wishing I had become a forensic anthropologist instead of a psychologist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The BEST book I've read in a long time!
    Excellent read - HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book! Written for a wide audience. Easy read.
    Dr. Bass has created a very interesting and directly written book in Death's Acre. Written in an unconventional format this book tells the history of the Body Farm, contemporary forensic anthropology, and Dr. Bass himself. Interspersed in the historical chronologies are specific forensic cases relating to the events (conception of the Body Farm, etc.) or research they spawned (larval life cycles, etc.). The cases themselves are very compelling stories, but the wonder is that they all relate to events of modern forensic innovation and discovery. Dr. Bass was not the first Forensic Anthropologist, but between his research and his patronage, he has been a leading passenger and teacher in the modern age of discovery. ... Read more

    13. Psychic Warrior: Inside the Cia's Stargate Program : The True Story of a Soldier's Espionage and Awakening
    by David Morehouse
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    The thrilling and incredible true story of a man who stood by his convictions and blew the lid off a top-secret project and discovered a new universe of life and thought. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling, disturbing, authentic....Fantastic Read!
    After viewing segment about David Morehouse on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries," I immediately checked out this book on and read the reviews listed below with great interest. If you want to learn more about psychic work and the spiritual side of our being and the incredible "sixth sense" powers developed by certain people, this book will absolutely knock you out! In a subject category populated by more than a few authors of "questionable" background and zero scientific expertise of the subject matter, this writer's credentials are exemplary...son of career military father, strong religious background in Morman church, graduate of BYU, highly-decorated U.S. Army officer and later elite Airborne Ranger Company Commander, Morehouse is obviously a person of great patriotism, loyalty, courage, conviction, integrity and intelligence. A tremendous book about the real-life inside background of the government's top-secret Stargate Program. Excellent read! It'll send you off "into the ether" and make you rethink many commonly-held notions about psychic abilities and individuals capable of using their paranormal gifts to transcend time and space. The book cover's notation is true -- "Psychic Warrior" really does portray a real-life "X-Files." Great book!

    This book pulled me in as I read of David Morehouse's experiences as a Remote Viewer and his subsequent disallusionment with the program and finally his clash with the government over his desire to "tell all." I've read several of Joe McMoneagle's books (I loved "The Ultimate Time Machine") and know that a number of other Viewers who worked for government programs have gone public as well. Morehouse has an amazing story of developing psychic (or perhaps psychotic) abilities after a bullet fired at him lodged in his helmet but did not penetrate his head.

    Morehouse paints himself as a victim, confused about the visions he was seeing and desperately wanting a solution. But in the Army, it would not do to announce that you see distant events and talk to "angels" so Morehouse is left to suffer. Until an Army psychologist refers him to the Remote Viewing project. Morehouse describes himself as a fast learner as he absorbs the method of traveling in time and space. His descriptions of exactly how this was done and how it felt are the best I've read anywhere. He takes incredible journeys in his spirit body -- seeing the Ark of the Covenant and walking on the surface of Mars!

    But Morehouse is bothered by the use of these abilities -- the government keeps knowledge of Remote Viewing from the public and uses psychics for military purposes rather than harnessing the power for good. I was shocked to read that Morehouse "saw" canisters of chemical gas in the burning oil fields of Iraq during Desert Storm. The implication is clear -- the government knew American soldiers were exposed to chemicals that would ultimately make them sick, yet it went ahead and ended the war and said nothing to Veterans about the danger to which they'd been exposed. I also wondered why the government didn't use Remote Viewers in 2003 to find those missing weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or to discover that none existed! Yes, I know the Remote Viewing program is supposed to be disbanded, but Morehouse implies that it must be continuing and once again the public is in the dark.

    Moreshouse takes loads of credit for "going public" with Remote Viewing, and there is no doubt that he was treated shabbily by the government he had served as an Army officer. But how true are the events described in this book? How could Morehouse remember all the dialog that is on these pages? The story reads like a novel, with his relationship with his wife and kids a dizzying swing between on and off as he deals with his persistent visions and physical symptoms. His wife wants to help him, but also wants to preserve some kind of normal life for her children. She thinks medical treatment, not doing Remote Viewing, is what David needs. But I do believe that there really was no help for a condition like this. It's easy for the medical profession to simply label someone like Morehouse a nut and pump him full of drugs (as was eventually done). Because Morehouse had talent as a Viewer, the government could exploit his ability without caring about his personal emotional trauma.

    Morehouse does not really explain the mechanism behind his fearsome visions, like imagining himself killing his whole family, or seeing monsters attack him and finding himself all bloody. Of course, in some ways that's the point -- he didn't understand what was happening. But the problem is, neither do we. I can only take this story as Morehouse's memory of what happened to him during his years in the Army. It provides a frightening picture of the power of the government over people who reveal information the government wants kept secret. But it also reveals a complex and comforting view of reality where we are all connected and we are immortal. Morehouse's picture of the spirit world is very consistent with other pictures from other sources that claim such knowledge. I'd have to say that overall the story rings true. And if true, it has many far-reaching implications.

    5-0 out of 5 stars amazing read
    David Morehouse's book is a rollercoaster ride! The first time I started reading it the hairs stood up on the back of my neck, and then I started crying. I became obsessed with his story, which is both touching and stranger than fiction. I was absolutely riveted by his macabre and inspirational material. His revelations about the American government's workings, and its spy program, are incredibly relevent in light of what has come out in Michael Moore's movie, "Fahrenheit /9/11". David Morehouse's insights into the potential of the human psyche are even greater. I've read the book twice and then took a remote viewing class with him. The guy is whip smart and he puts his money where his mouth is with this, his life's work: teaching people to reach the greater, the deeper, the higher, recesses of their minds and souls.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tried it Myself
    I met David Morehouse while on a retreat in a rain forest preserve in Costa Rica. I had a chance to talk with the man before I knew about or read the book. I was moved by his message and intrigued by his methods. So much in fact, I later took the classes and learned about remote viewing. I was blown away by the results. What he has to say about remote viewing in the book is only the beginning of what you can do with the remote viewing protocols he so wonderfulyl teaches. If you have any urge to see how more there is to you than your five senses, then reading the Psychic Warrior is a good place to start.

    1-0 out of 5 stars biography of his life,little of rv...
    this is the biography of his life,95% about him, little or nothing about rv.even if you do rv your mind could remain something by tim rifat,that you will get the real,not the fake army view. ... Read more

    14. And Never Let Her Go: Thomas Capano, the Deadly Seducer
    by Ann Rule, Laura Hicks
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    The shattering crime story that shocked the nation: the Thomas Capano murder case

    On a June evening in 1996, 30-year-old Anne Marie Fahey, secretary to the governor of Delaware, vanished without a trace following a restaurant rendezvous with her secret lover of more than two years: Thomas Capano. One of Wilmington's most prominent and respected figures, a millionaire attorney and former state prosecutor, "Tommy" was a charming, softspoken family man. But in the weeks and months that followed Fahey's disappearance, investigators would gradually uncover the shocking truth: Capano was a steely manipulator driven by power and greed -- and capable of brutal murder. In a riveting narrative expertly documented by probing interviews, diary entries, and e-mail correspondence, and with superb insight into the twisted motivations of a killer, Ann Rule chronicles a real-life drama of Shakespearian proportions: ambitions fall, love turns to obsession, family names are tainted, the façade of success crumbles -- and a beautiful but vulnerable young woman pays the ultimate price in a convoluted and deadly relationship. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars If you're looking for exploitive material....
    you won't find it here. Ann Rule went out of her way to show respect to all involved (even to Capano himself, to a certain degree). In my opinion, the book was sensitive, informative, sad, incredible. I do think that Debbie M. is not as innocent as portrayed, but Ann didn't go too far out of the way to absolve her.

    I just don't get some of the negative reviews. One person (2 or so down) at first complained that Ann was trying to let the facts speak for themselves and that wasn't good enough. In the next paragraph, he says that Ann needs to step back and let the story speak for itself. Huh?

    Another person said that the other books on the subject (by different authors) looked better. Yeah, if more exploitive Jerry Springer stuff is your thing, go for it.

    Someone complained that there wasn't enough action and the dialogue was bland, and that they were used to reading fiction and this book was horrible. Um, this isn't fiction. You want action every two pages and snappy dialogue, look elsewhere. This is real life, baby.

    2-0 out of 5 stars And never be edited again . . .
    After thoroughly enjoying *Bitter Harvest*, I was looking forward to this recent offering from Ann Rule.

    Although the story of Anne Marie Fahey and Thomas Capano is quite compelling, this book is not.

    As she proved in *Bitter Harvest*, and to some degree here, Rule has a workmanlike ability to assemble and present details that give her true crime stories depth and vitality. In particular, *And Never Let Her Go* succeeds in bringing to life the community of Wilmington, Delaware, and the Fahey and Capano families -- as they exist as families per se, that is. Conversely, the two major characters in this saga of murder and betrayal, Anne Marie and Thomas, are oddly flat. Rule assumes Anne Marie's misdirected love is saintly; Thomas's narcicism comes off as garden-variety and ultimately as insufficient cause for the brutal acts he almost certainly committed. Depicting the complexity of their characters is eschewed, perhaps a result of Rule becoming quite emotionally involved with the Fahey family and their righteous and admirable quest for justice. Such passion is right and good for a murder victim's family and friends; it blunts, however, all but the most superlative writers' faculties, and Rule is certainly not of that calibre.

    *And Never Let Her Go* is also, I think, a casualty of Rule's increasing power and reputation as the country's preeminent true crime writer, in that her publisher seems very afraid indeed of asking her to submit to an editor's pen. The book, at nearly 700 pages in paperback, is bloated and sluggish, and is badly written. Rule has no gift for crisp sentences, and her diction is muffled with the jargon of Oprah-esque pop-psychology.

    Given a strong editor and a willingness to admit to her limits as a writer, Ann Rule is nearly a sure thing. But this book suggests her burgeoning fame is bad news for her more discerning readers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Couldn't Put It Down !
    Ann Rule is an excellent writer, no one could out-do her book about this case. She brings people in the book to life and includes a lot of detail. Very well-written. It will remain one of my favorites among Ann's books. Ann is able to write with feeling,emotion,clarity, and common is very human writing..... is why it's so wonderful to read her writing. She is a great reporter.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Connecting
    This gripping narrative on the killing of Anne Marie Fahey provides an emotionally connecting look at the victim. Ms. Fahey was attractive, talented, kind-hearted...yet troubled by emotional problems. Sadly, she never recognized the danger from her married ex-lover Tom Capano - an egotistical control freak and well-connected attorney for whom a legal restraining order might (or might not) have proved a deterrent. Author Ann Rule gives us a firm portrayal of the victim, her killer, their families, plus the politics of the city of Wilmington and the State of Delaware (where Fahey was the Governor's secretary). Ms. Rule also details the outstanding investigation by law enforcement, plus the lengthy trial, where even the killer's lawyers came to despise his controlling egotism. Some feel the author portrays Fahey and a second mistress too nicely - after all, both women maintained an affair with a man whom they knew to be married. Still, emotional insecurity has led many to foolhardy actions; in Fahey's case with results that turned tragic.

    AND NEVER LET HER GO is longer and more connecting than most of Ms. Rule's true-crime narratives. The author seems captivated by Ms. Fahey and her family, and readers may experience similar emotions while enjoying this page-turning narrative.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Et ne jamais la laisser partir
    And never let her go is a very exciting true novel. The book tells us about the Thomas Capano's affair. Capano was really mad, and he had relations with a lot of women. He was very jealous and possessive. So when Anne Marie Fahey had a relation with another man, and she wanted to leave him, he was very angry and killed her. In the beginning it was hard to find the murderer but some proofs ascent to Tom Capano. The investigate is interesting and never boring..
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    15. The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB
    by Christopher Andrew, Vasili Mitrokhin, Charles Stransky
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    Disclosures from The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and the Secret History of the KGB, based on a secret archive of top-KGB documents smuggled out of the Soviet Union, are sure to make the front pages of newspapers throughout the West. According to the FBI, this archive is "the most complete and extensive intelligence ever received from any source." Its presence in the West represents a catastrophic hemorrhage of the KGB's secrets and reveals for the first time the full extent of its worldwide network.

    Vasili Mitrokhin, a secret dissident, working in the KGB archive smuggled out copies of its most highly classified files every day for twelve years.In 1992, a U.S. ally succeeded in exfiltrating the KGB officer and his entire archive out of Moscow.The archive covers the entire period from the Bolshevik Revolution to the 1980s and includes revelations concerning almost every country in the world.But the KGB's main target, of course, was the United States.

    Throughout the 700 pages of The Sword and the Shield, there are revelations of interest to journalists covering U.S. and international intelligence, history, and human interest regarding the following subjects:

    -KGB's covert operations in the United States and throughout the West, some of which remain dangerous today.

    -KGB files on Oswald and the JFK assassination that Boris Yeltsin almost certainly has no intention of showing President Clinton.

    -KGB's attempts to discredit civil rights leaders in the 1960s, including its infiltration of the inner circle of a key leader.

    -KGB's use of radio intercept posts in New York and Washington D.C. in the 1970s to intercept high level U.S. government communications.

    -KGB's attempts to steal technological secrets from major U.S. aerospace and technology corporations.Their success seems to have inspired Chinese intelligence to do likewise.

    -KGB covert operations against former President Ronald Reagan, which began five years before he became president.

    -KGB spies who successfully posed as U.S. citizens under a series of ingenious disguises, including several who attained access to the upper echelons of New York society.

    The Sword and the Shield is a work of great historical significance, which will fundamentally alter our understanding of Soviet history and modern international relations.For Russia's post-Soviet intelligence service, SVR, the publication of this book poses a real problem.No one who spied for Russia between 1917 and the final years of the Cold War can be sure anymore that his or her secrets are secure. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Essential reading on KGB history
    Those of us interesting in a more complete telling of the history of Soviet intelligence operations -- and, for that matter, the history of the USSR -- can do no wrong than to read this account of secret information secretly noted by archivist Vasili Mitrokhin and spirited with Mitrokhin to Britain. While some of the passages require some previous knowledge of Soviet and KGB history, overall this book makes for fascinating reading. I could not put this book down. Thanks for Christopher Andrew for another strong effort, such as his earlier history of the KGB written with Oleg Gordievsky.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting History of KGB!
    This book is probably the most popular book on the KGB now. I got it from my local library and read it. Like the previous reviewer said, don't let this be your first book or for that matter the only book you read on the topic of the KGB. It is a multi-faceted book that doesn't have to be read cover-to-cover to follow. I skipped around a lot. It is engrossing and a page turner at times, yet dry and boring on some matters. While V. Mitrokhin makes light of Soviet disinformation, deception, and lies, I don't quite go along with his perspectives (which is obviously somewhat influence by disinformation) on a few minor points... Mitrokin's revelations are however interesting. All in all, the Sword and the Shield is an intriguing book worth a read (assuming your interested in the the KGB Soviet police state.)

    I recommend those interested in the KGB consider reading The State Within a State: The KGB and Its Hold on Russia--Past, Present, and Future by Yevgenia Albats.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Jumps around, but a good source nonetheless
    Many of the assertions of this book have been revealed in other books, specifically those books dealing w/ the Venona taps. It is a strong history of the KGB, and at times quite revealing--not only in regards to the activities of the KGB, but also the reactions by Red-leaning Westerners.

    The USSR viewed the West as the enemy from day One of its Revolution. Lenin was more concerned about the American Relief workers--who were helping to end the Collectivist induced famine in Russia--being subversives, than he was concerned about the 5 million starving in his own country. Stalin viewed the Russian Civil War as a template to interpret the rest of the world, the West were the "Whites" and they had to be defeated. During the Nazi-Soviet pact, he was more suspicious of Churchill than he was of Hitler, and in fact interpreted rumors of Germany's "Barbarosa" as English Anti-Soviet Propaganda. The USSR infiltrated the U.S. and U.K. governments, while the US and UK barely had spy agencies formed yet alone spies in the USSR. If there is any book that shows who started the Cold War and who didn't want "Peaceful Coexistence" (hint, it was the Commies), it's this book.

    This is an excellent resource for parents to buy for their college age children, so that the youngsters have a resource to challenge their Anti-anti-Communist professors who are trying to indoctrinate the new students into the Che Guevarra T-shirt Club and ANSWER. Other good books would be, of course, the Black Book of Communism, a Century of Violence in Soviet Russia, Gulag, the Soviet World of American Communism, and for economic theory challenges to collectivism, Road to Serfdom by Hayek and Socialism by Von Mises. The historical revisisionism that preaches the decency of Communism and the USSR must be defeated. The book covers the span of the KGB from its torture of enemies in the 20s to its infiltration phase in the 30s/40s to its propaganda phase in the 60s/70s(using fake letters to discredit anti-Commie personalities or to incite race-based riots) to its Afghanistan/Poland phase in the 80s.

    One disturbing claim made in the book: Mitrokin suggests that the KGB stored caches of weapons and bombs in the United States in case of domestic revolution. Andrews only gives Mitrokin as the source. What happened to these caches? Were they removed in secret? Did Yeltsin tip off the U.S. to their existence in abandoned warehouses or fields in Detroit, NYC, Memphis, wherever they are? Are they still there? If true, this is very very...not good.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Informative
    The Sword and the Shield is a very well researched history of Soviet espionage beginning with the founding of the grandfather of the KGB, the Cheka, and ending with the demise of the largest intelligence organization in history. Andrew does well in explaining not only the great successes and failures of the KGB, but also how it became the ultimate symbol of Communist Russia and tool of the totalitarian state. Detailing its persecution of Soviet dissidents as well as its espionage operations worldwide (especially against the U.S and its interests) this book provides interesting, exciting, and often surprising insight into the operations of the infamous KGB.I would give it 5 stars if only there were less spelling and gramatical errors. Otherwise, a good read and recommendedfor anyone wishing to learn more about the rise and fall of the Soviet state.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A brave man just passed on
    Vasili Mitrokhin just died at the age of 81 on January 23, 2004. His efforts exemplify why mafia-gang thugocracies, such as the KGB in the USSR, face an increasing decline in their individual spheres of dominance. Between the unblinkered analysis of men like Mitrokhin and the information explosion, the bad guys can't so easily get away with the big lie.

    This book, released in 1999, has received all the plaudis and criticisms of those pro and con; but, think about how it overlays today with the Islamic Jihadists of Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and the various iterations of the PLO and Hezzbollah? It's concurrent with all the spies, the secret infiltrators of our civil society, the disinformation campaigns, the complicity of a naive and blinkered media and academia, the anti-semitism, and the abundant anti-Americanism with its inherent rejection of the intellectual writings of the founding fathers, and of our constitutional republic.

    All the horrors that one imagined the communists of perpetrating are shown here, and more. Only brave and commited patriots like Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of the 20th century, and Vasili Mitrokhin have stood athwart the doorway of democracy and defended it against the barbarian hordes of the red menace. It's bewildering to understand the intransigence of those who would aver that Mitrokhin's archive is the result of a government forgery. Only in the delusional mind of a Noam Chomsky or one like him would you find such drivel.

    This is a book, and a subject, that needs more exposure. Perhaps Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, or Peter "comrade" Jennings will take up the cudgel...? ....don't hold your breathe! ... Read more

    16. VEIL: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987
    by Bob Woodward
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    4-0 out of 5 stars A contemporary account of still important issues
    While this book may be a little old now, having been written prior to the first George Bush's Presidency, there are still insights into government operations as well as tidbits that are relevant today. Veil follows the tenure of the Director of the CIA Bob Casey. It begins with Reagan's election and ends with Casey's death. The book is written mostly from firsthand interviews (Casey wanted some of what he was saying to be put directly in the book).

    During the course of the book readers will see names like Ariel Sharon appear (no Osama is never mentioned). For those interested in wondering how some of today's issues came into being you will see a glimpse herein.

    There are, however, many operations that are discussed and at one point it is easy to lose track of which one is being discussed. Furthermore, for those readers who did not live through the time period or who were too young to care then, some of the names and events will seem very unfamiliar.

    This is indeed a book full of Woodward's writing style with many events two decades old. That does not mean, however, that it doesn't offer pertinent insight .

    3-0 out of 5 stars Superficial, but readable
    Anyone interested in the Iran-Contra issue should have read this book. But the title, is a bit misleading. Woodward focuses too much on the Iran-Contra issue (and superficially at that) to the detriment of other CIA and DoD paramilitary/covert activities during the era of the 80s.
    Furthermore, the way Woodward wove himself into the storyline would lead one to believe that he was a key character in the whole Casey-era saga. Fortunately, this is hardly the case.
    Nevertheless, the book is a good review of the key players at the macro-level who were creating policy. Of note, the interaction between Goldwater and Casey is enlightening.
    If you really want to get to the meat of CIA/DoD secret activities during this era, Steve Emerson's "Secret Warriors" will provide far more insight into the covert activities of the 80s.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Always An Interesting Author
    I am a big fair of Woodward, so much so that I would even consider reading his shopping list. With that said I will give him a little slack on the Casey deathbed revelations. I think if the author would have know the level of scorn he has received concerning the "Casey confession" he may have used a tape recorder.

    Overall this book gives the reader some very interesting stories about the Regan years and his use of the CIA. The reader of any book covering a review of a set of government policies that had a very firm stamp of approval or even the direction of the President will always fall on side or another on if the book is a truthful and "shocking" exposé or a "political bias hatchet job". I think that is one of the fun things about this book, no matter what side of the argument you are on; you will experience some emotion while reading this book. If you are also very interested in this subject it is interesting to go back into time and read his review and then compare it to some of the new facts on the subject.

    Overall, this is another Woodward book, well written and constructed, very detailed and full of a lot of conversations that make you feel that you are involved, not just page after page of monotone lecturing. I wish he spent a little more time on footnotes so that the reader could be a better judge to the research he puts into the book and the sources used. If you like Woodward, you will love this book. If you have leanings to the left then you will have a lot of "you see" stories to tell, and if you are a strong Reaganite then you will be happy with the strong effort described in the book to defeat the USSR.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Woodward garbage
    The controversy of this book was the "death bed" confession of William Casey Woodward claimed to hear, that Mrs. Casey said never could have happened, since Woodward was never left alone with Casey in his hospital room. I thought, would Woodward lie? at the time of this book's publication. Having read SILENT COUP, a big part of which documents Woodwards monstrous lies when covering Watergate, I now believe Mrs. Casey. That slices the value of this book to nothing. (But read SILENT COUP, preferrably the paperback version with an "update.")

    1-0 out of 5 stars A biased view of history
    As an historian, this book fails in many ways. Woodward has strong liberal leanings, and he continually allows his own biases to show through in his research. If he had used this book for a doctoral dissertation, it would have gotten slammed by his dissertation committee.

    Fortuantely for him, American readers are much more attracted to unsubstantiated dirt than they are to hard historical research.

    Something that troubles me throughout this book is how Woodward takes Casey to task for his slurring of words during his public speaking, only to mention in passing at the very end of the book that Casey had been suffering from an unknown cancerous growth in his brain.

    Another interesting point. Woodward hammers the CIA for allowing a few of their employees to get away with spying (and they should have been hammered for this), but he sees nothing wrong with the press publishing as many secrets as they can. In some ways, it appears the Russians were wasting their money on paying spys, when the Washington Post was working so hard to provide all these secrets for the price of a subscription.

    My final note is that Woodward obviously sees himself as the bright star protecting the American public from political powerbrokers in our nation's capital. Unfortunately, he has been noticably quiet in regards to the many dangerous and threatening policies put forth by the Clinton Administration.

    My final comment. I found this book to be very flawed and biased.

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    17. Facing the Wind: The True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation (Nova Audio Books)
    by Julie Salamon, Sandra Burr
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    Robert and Mary Rowe’s second child, Christopher, was born with severe neurological and visual impairments.For many years, the Rowes’ courageous response to adversity set an example for a group of Brooklyn mothers who met to discuss the challenges of raising children with birth defects.Then Bob Rowe’s pressures — professional and personal — took their toll, and he fell into depression and, ultimately delusion.And one day he took a baseball bat and killed his three children and his wife.In Facing the Wind, Julie Salamon not only tells the Rowes’ tragic story but also explores the lives of others drawn into it: the mothers, a social worker with problems of her own, an ocularist — that is, a man who makes prosthetic eyes — a young woman who enters the novitiate out of shame over her childhood sexual activities, and a judge of unusual wisdom.Facing the Wind is a work of redemptive compassion and understanding.It addresses the questions of how human beings cope with the burdens that chance inflicts upon them and what constitutes moral and legal guilt and innocence.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Too discursive
    "Facing the Wind" by Julie Salamon is a well intentioned and well written account of a father's brutal and deliberate killing of his wife and three children--one of whom was born with multiple handicaps and was severely impaired--his subsequent incarceration in a mental hospital--and eventual release back into society after two and a half years and attempts to be reinstated as an attorney.

    It is also the story of a group of women who formed a "support group" because THEIR children were similarly handicapped, and how they came to admire the Rowe family because of the loving sacrifices both Rob Rowe and his wife,Mary, made to care for their multiply handicapped son,Christopher, as well as other children.

    Quite frankly, I found the book disappointing. Instead of focusing primarily on Rob Rowe and the legal and moral issues involved in mounting an "Insanity Defense"--Julie Salamon spends an endless amount of time delving into the lives and personalities of the women in the "Support Group" which the Rowe's joined.

    Who really CARES about THEM? The story of the Rowes is what's really important.

    I know most of the reviewers who have already reviewed her book will probably disagree with me, but except for the parts dealing specifically with the Rowe's and the woman whom he eventually married after he was released from the mental institution, I found all the details about the Support Group to be largely UNNECESSARY AND IRRELEVANT to the main story, namely the killing of the Rowe children, the issues involved in his determing his innocence or guilt, and the aftermath of the tragedy.

    This is not a very satisfying book because Julie Salamon simply SPREADS HERSELF TOO THIN!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Book That Stays With You
    Not many stories, real or imagined, grip a reader like Julie Salamon's "Facing The Wind." I knew where the story would end - or so I thought. The murder is revealed on the book jacket, but the tale really lies in whether or not Bob achieves forgiveness and repentance. Does he deserve the second life he finds with his wife, clearly a damaged soul herself? What responsibility is shared by the doctors who released Bob and failed to monitor his intake of psychotropic drugs? How can we, The Moral Reader, react when a man who murders his family, including a helpless, disabled boy, declares he cannot feel remorse since he was mentally disturbed when the act was committed but at the same time declare his love for the dead?

    This is a difficult story to read, and it is equally difficult to let it go. Salamon paints a portrait of a family that showed one face to the world, and another to itself. How many of us do the same? The sad details of Mary's clothing when she died and the aiming of the blows to prevent pain linger as the reader struggles to decide what kind of man Bob really is.

    There are questions left unanswered in this telling, but the final image of a young girl who adores her daddy reveals the complex nature of the emotion humans call love. Just how much of love is forgiveness?

    I disagree with the readers who state that interviews with Bob were required. Salamon gathers her facts via those who knew Bob best. The story is not really about Bob, but about those around him. Their perception, as the saying goes, is the reality.

    Salamon captured my attention with "The Devil's Candy," and I look forward to more of her literary non-fiction.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gripping True Crime
    Julie Salamon's Facing the Wind is a gripping true crime work that tells the heartbreaking story of a man who murders his wife and three children (one of them being severely disabled) and is subsequently found not guilty by reason of insanity. Bob and Mary Rove were the perfect couple, everyone loved them. Even when their second son Christopher is born with serious disabilities, Bob and Mary were a terrific couple. Bob was incredibly supportive of Christopher and worked hard to help him develop. Somewhere along the way, though, something in Bob snapped. He sought help, but found none and wound up murdering his family with a baseball bat. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and ultimately was given another chance to find happiness. Did he deserve it? Was the insanity defense proper in his case? Should someone else have seen this coming? Should he had been able to continue to practice law? Those and other moral questions will certainly run through your mind as you read this work. For the most part, Facing the Wind is a gripping and engaging work. My only complaint is that Salamon spends much more time than necessary focussing on a support group that Bob and Mary belonged to. She details the lives of the members of the group and the problems they encountered with their children. I realize that the group was the way Salamon connected with the story in the first place, but the sections concerning the support group could have used a little editing. Despite that one drawback, this is an interesting and thought-provoking work.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Shame on Salamon and the NYT Book Review, too!
    Extremely irresponsible journalism. Salamon failed to do complete research and ended up painting a one-sided picture, omitting so many facts and so much information that it is impossible to glean any real understanding of the people involved in this story. What I find even worse, though, is that this book is marketed to families of medically involved children thanks to its handy premise that the stress of raising such a child can cause an otherwise good man to snap, with tragic results. What an exploitative way to make a few bucks (and, hopefully, just a few)! Nobody---least of all the author---seems to know what was wrong with Bob Rowe. Was he schizophrenic? Bi-polar? A sociopath? Whatever his malady, I am quite sure it was not the stress of raising a disabled son that propelled him into homicidal mania. Yikes. Shame on Salamon, and the New York Times Book Review, too.

    1-0 out of 5 stars First Half Excellent...Second Half Tedious
    Let me say I adore Julie Salamon's writing. The Devil's Candy was an awesome book.

    And I adored the first half of this book which was engagingly written and exhaustively researched. The stories of the women in the group and their children were touching.

    But something happens after the deaths of the Rowe family. The book becomes a compendium of Robert Rowe's attempts to become a lawyer again...and the whole Colleen section was just maddening. She comes off as completely unlikeable and we're never quite clear what she sees in this man who took out his whole family.

    This book is a mess...and not worth recommending at all. ... Read more

    18. Son of a Grifter : Growing Up with Sante and Kenny Kimes: The Twisted Tale of the Most Notorious Con Artists in America
    by Kent Walker
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    In 1988 a troubled young man and his flamboyant mother were arrested for murdering a wealthy widow in her New York City mansion. Suddenly, America was transfixed by a pair of real-life film noir characters, an Oedipal team of scam artists who left a trail of blood, lies, and larceny from coast to coast. The media couldn't get enough of the twisted relationship betweenSante Kimes and her twenty-three-year-old son Kenny.

    But the most chilling story of all was never told -- until now. Kent Walker, Sante's elder son, reveals how he survived forty years of "the Dragon Lady's" very special brand of motherly love and still managed to get away.

    As a child Kent watched his mother destroy his hardworking father, Ed Walker, and then -- with Kent's painful collusion -- snare what Sante called "my millionaire." When she married seemingly respectable real-estate developer Ken Kimes, it was a match made in hell.

    For the next two decades Kent's mother and stepfather indulged in a globetrotting orgy of criminal behavior, laying waste to each other and anyone who got in the way. Kent, their would-be recruit, was privvy to the family business -- torching houses, defrauding friends, crashing White House parties, "shopping" for trunkloads of fur coats -- and Sante's self-serving style of adultery. When Kent's half-brother, Kenny was born, Kent was twelve years old -- old enough to know that he was his younger sibling's only protector. Kent tried desperately to save Kenny from his mother's sinister bidding. His failure haunts him to this day.

    Here, with shocking and sometimes brutal frankness, Kent explodes the romantic Hollywood image of the grifter as antihero and exposes the truth about Sante Kimes behind the headlines. Sone of a Grifter poignantly chronicles what it means to love somebody despite your better instincts, your worst fears, and even your most forbidden hopes.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Son of a GRIFTER
    To Most people when you hear the words Memoirs you think of some cheese autobiography that you know will be self servent,at least thats what I think,but not in this case. Son of a GRIFTER is a all to real and consuming story that keeps your fingers flipping and your heart breaking. A grifter is cold blooded person that is indifferrent to passion or pain such a person can clean your bank account out and not even care that you have kids to feed. Kent Walker takes you in deep into the mind of a grifter in this case the grifters are his family,his mother Sante Kimes,Ken Kimes(his step father)and Kenny Kimes his half brother. They say you are a product of your environment, well read the book and then ask your self what would I have done given the same siuation,its easy to sit back and say right is right but when your own mother is cunning,greedy,evil and those are her good qualities its a wonder how this man survived. This book details how one son was lucky enough or was graced with a gardian angel that would whisper in his ear and the other was victemized by his maternal mother,murder,sex,the jet set life and money all mixed into one cocktail that was consumed by two of the most notorious con artist in america. Its amazing how much we humans can love and that quality is in Mr.Walker instilled in him is his love for his brother and mother that touch my soul, If theres a Hollywood big shot out there give me a call all mortgage the house and well get this to screen. out!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Eating Her Young
    I had been waiting for a book on Sante and Kenny Kimes for some time. SON OF A GRIFTER was fascinating at first, disgusting at finish.

    I was disgusted that the police apparently ignored Kent Walker for years when he attempted to turn his amoral mother in.

    Walker deserves credit for trying to stop her, or rather use other people to stop her, and he does appear to have broken away from Sante's malign influence (would a con man run a vacuum cleaner distributorship? The things have to WORK) but I was disturbed at some of the subtexts in the Silverman murder.

    Sante Kimes apparently taught her son Kenny that 'other people were not important' but Walker describes her as a bigot and anti-Semite. Irene Silverman was Jewish. No mention is made of how this might have marked her as a potential victim to these people.

    Walker also glosses over the probable fact that his brother and mother committed incest. The implications are there, however.

    Sante Kimes is a woman with a hole in her soul who destroyed everyone and everything she touched. Ken Kimes was little better--this is really a story of TWO sociopaths who raised one monster and one human being. I can recommend this book to fans of true crime, if that is a legitimate term, but it will make you despair for the human race.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you thought your life was bad, read this!
    This was one of the most gripping books I have ever read. Written by the other son of Sante Kimes, it is a true tale of surviving against the fierce burden of a severely dysfunctional family. I have nothing but admiration for Kent Walker, who had to go through such a wierd life with his sociopathic mother. But, the real value of this book is that it helps to see how difficult it is to find your own path in spite of all the family attachments we grow up with. Of course Mr. Walker's life is an extreme example, and one that I would not wish on anyone. However, it is such a gift that he wrote this book, and it took great courage. I wish I could personally thank Mr. Walker for writing this book, and I encourage everyone to read it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Boy Who Could Not Say No
    Interesting, wittily written tale of the "other", elder son of Sante Kimes. Kent Walker tells the story of his upbringing by a psychopathic monster. Sometimes his story is inconsistent, even hypocritical. Mr. Walker states he is sure that his mother loves him and would do anything for him - she sometimes threw him huge birthday bashes, threatened to have a boy who beat him up expelled from school (although never followed through) and intervened by schmoozing with Army big wigs to have him accepted into Flight School - although six months later she demanded that he leave his dream to come to her "rescue" (she was arrested for enslaving maids).

    Mr. Walker also claims that his mother is "hot-blooded", not cold-blooded - although she punched him in the mouth when he was eight years old (requiring stitches and leaving a numbness that never went away) because Sante had been caught shoplifting. She blamed the assault on the store manager who caught her and had the audacity to demand her merchandise back. The police for some reason bought Sante's story and arrested the innocent woman, while Sante went on her merry way with her stolen merchandise.

    In the habit of burning down houses for insurance money, Sante sent her young son back into a house for a folder she "forgot" - the explosion came as he was coming down the steps with the requested item. Sante also beat him with wire hangers, tried to destroy the relationship between Mr. Walker and his girlfriend (later wife), poisoned his wife, and endangered his child. However, Mr. Walker continued his relationship with his mom.

    Mr. Walker states that his mother was great 95% of the time; it was only one day a month that things were horrible - however, every day, she and his step-father drank and had heated arguments. Sante enslaved, physically, mentally and verbally abused illegal aliens, stealing their passports and identification. Mr. Walker even helped a few of them escape, but he really didn't think she was that bad, although the trial later proved he must have been in la-la land. Sante stole her own best friend's wallet while she visited. Sante Kimes ruined both close friends' and stranger's lives and reputations, destroying their credit and sending innocent people to jail. She is a liar, thief, con artist, and multiple murderer - yet Mr. Walker felt compelled to laugh when she verbally abused an overworked waitress. He belittles others (his father, his step-father) for enduring her abuse and manipulations for so long - but it seems that Mr. Walker endured it for the longest - for these admitted reasons: love and greed. His stepfather was a millionaire and backed him in business. However his stepfather was also a thief, and an admitted murderer (Sante's accomplice). He wouldn't "give" Sante a checking account - so she continued to shoplift, run scams (he participated), manipulate her son's life, and alienate her husband from all of his relatives. Sante insisted that they were trying to kill her and kidnap Kenny, the "heir". After Ken Kimes died (was he poisoned by Kenny and Sante?) first Mr. Walker tells us there WAS money in the stepfather's accounts, found out there was NO money, then towards then end, there is money in the accounts - which Mr. Walker believes he is entitled to. Did he ever pay back all those loans or the money he stole out of Mr. Kimes pants' pockets?

    First, Mr. Walker lays the blame for how Kenny turned out squarely on Kenny's dad - as Sante was in prison when Kenny was 10 - 13 years old, and "according to shrinks" that is when a child's moral code is formed. Later when Kenny is actually committing crimes (murder etc.) with his mother, it's his mother who is to blame for Kenny's actions - he is being manipulated! And even though Mr. Walker tried numerous times to get Kenny to leave his mother, and start his own life, even offering him a job, Kenny refused saying he enjoyed the lifestyle and luxury comforts the scams gave them. Kenny made fun of Mr. Walker's "holier than thou" attitude, and told him he should join them. Suddenly, when Kenny was in prison, it was all Mr. Walker's fault that Kenny ended up there. Mr. Walker was the one guilty for his brother turning out the way he did. He said it was all his fault, and he should have tried harder!

    One discrepancy that bugged me was Mr. Walker's description of the dress his mother wore to several parties one certain night in D.C. He describes it as white "fringe" over her décolletage. However, the picture clearly shows a white dress with a high ruffled neck, ruffled bodice, and long, leg-of-mutton sleeves - sort of a Little House on the Prairie in White look. If Mr. Walker can't see this dress for what it is, what else is he not seeing clearly?

    There is not enough in the book about Sante's background, because apparently he either didn't try to get interviews with relatives, or they refused. Mr. Walker doesn't really know what the truth of Sante's childhood is, but something pretty bad had to have happened in order for her to become what she did. But what? Since Sante is nothing but a liar or until somebody reliable from her past talks, I guess we'll never know.

    Mr. Walker believes the sentences are too harsh for the crimes committed by his brother and mother. After at least four murders and countless other ruined lives, including both of her sons, it appears that Sante and Kenny got off easy.

    After reading this book, one can tell that Mr. Walker still has issues that need to be addressed. If you are interested in the study of psychopaths, I suggest "Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us," by Robert D. Hare. Sante fits right in with the rest of them, especially her reasoning, or lack thereof.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A truly dysfunctional family...
    Written with insight by Sante Kimes eldest son, Kent Walker, this is a story of an extremely dysfunctional family. Sante Kimes and her youngest son, Kenny Kimes, committed various crimes, starting with shoplifting and fraud, and working their way up to murder. It is an unbelievably sickening and twisted tale, but fascinating nonetheless. It is indeed fortunate that Sante and Kenny were both convicted of their many crimes, and will probably never see the light of day. ... Read more

    19. Perfect Murder Perfect Town
    by Lawrence Schiller, Ron McLarty
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    Catlog: Book (1999-02-01)
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    Sales Rank: 913273
    Average Customer Review: 3.19 out of 5 stars
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    From the author of #1 New York Times bestseller American Tragedy.

    Nothing written about the death of JonBenet Ramsey can possibly prepare the listener for the revelations in this audiobook. Here, acclaimed writer Lawrence Schiller reveals for the first time the uncensored true story of the events that unfolded on Christmas night of 1996 and the unthinkable damage suffered by a community in the aftermath. This gripping, definitive account finally answers the question: What happened in the town of Boulder, Colorado?

    Perfect Murder, Perfect Town is a brilliant portrait of an inscrutable family thrust under the spotlight of public suspicion and an affluent, tranquil city torn apart by a crime it was not prepared to deal with. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, this is a tour de force that will fascinate listeners for years to come.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Best presentation of the facts I've read
    This book is the best compilation of the facts that I've read and I've read all of the published books on this murder. Most of the other books are clearly biased either to show that the Ramseys murdered their daughter or to show that they didn't. This book is just the facts but the facts will lead the reader to the only explanation - Either Patsy did it or Patsy knew who did. She definately covered it up.

    A lot of information was here that I' hadn't seen anywhere else. For example, on the Ramsey last interviews, the detectives got Patsy to become quite hostile and show her true side (the bad temper), for a while she forgot to display her devout Christian/Southern Bell/Beauty Queen image. It's a shame that the public didn't get to see it.

    We also see how the Ramsey's money and influence has kept justice from being done. An inexperienced police force, a timid and image conscience prosecuter, and the Ramsey's high dollar lawyers all contributed to allowing them to get away with murder.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The devil is in the details
    This book is a good case of "too much information". After 100 pages, I was thoroughly lost. The author introduces all of the many players in the death and suqbsequent murder investigation: family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, police, private investigators, DAs....even Santa Claus! Their relationships to the Ramseys and to each other in the investigation are all detailed up front, but I soon found myself unable to remember who was who when their name cropped up again 200 pages later. He should have put some type of legend up front listing all the caharacters and a one-line description of who they were, so that those of us without photographic memories could have a quick reference tool to aid us. Although the author is extremely thorough and he clearly didn't want to leave any detail out, he needed to tighten this up....a lot. A good, concise read containing only the most powerful information could have been accomplished in 400 or 500 pages;I found myself skimming the 798 pages, trying to root out the good stuff

    2-0 out of 5 stars too many names and law, not enough about JonBenet!
    This book is too focused on law and names. I couldnt keep the names straight, however there is a name index in the back, as well as the Ramseys Boulder home floor plans. Only one chapter is "devoted" to JonBenet.If you really want to read about JonBenet's life and death, read JonBenet by steve thomas.This book doesn't tell anything about JonBenet's life, and it definately doesn't keep her precious memory alive!
    Although the movie/dvd was excellent, this book wasnt very good. I would not reccommend this book!

    2-0 out of 5 stars A review for those who don't know about this crime
    This review is written for people coming 'cold' to this issue - from a place (as I am) where it barely rated a mention and received very little coverage.

    If you want to know EVERY detail, EVERY nuance, EVERY theory, in fact everything other than who did it (because no-one does), about the Jon Bennett Ramsay murder, then this encyclopedic tome is for you.

    However, I found it got very, very tedious and repetitive. I rarely don't finish a book once started, but this one defeated me around page 500!

    Much of the material is repeated. A 250 page synthesis would perhaps be more relevant to the reader coming new to the subject. I appreciate others with a background in hearing about it may gain more from this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Puzzling Murder Intersects Human Frailties
    Some complain there are too many details in this book, but in real crime (as opposed to a Murder Mystery), the details (both present and missing) are part of the actual story. This book presents a lot of evidence. But at the same time this is the story of how the politics and clashing personalities has an effect on how a murder investigation proceeds. Reading this book is both a journey through the evidence and an insight into how the humanity of the police makes the results quite different then a collection of cyborg detectives might perform. ... Read more

    20. Into the Mirror: The Life of Master Spy Robert P. Hanssen
    by Lawrence Schiller
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    Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
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    From the bestselling author of American Tragedy and Perfect Murder, Perfect Town comes an even more stunning portrayal of America's dark side. Into the Mirror is the shocking story of FBI Special Agent Robert P. Hanssen, the master spy who single-handedly created the greatest breach of security in the history of our country.

    On February 18, 2001, the FBI finally arrested Hanssen and charged him with selling -- over a period of more than twenty years -- top-secret, classified information to the Russians. Nothing that has been reported to date about this ordinary-looking but tormented man has revealed the astonishing facts that Lawrence Schiller and Norman Mailer -- collaborators on the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Executioner's Song and Oswald's Tale -- uncovered during their nine-month investigation into the life of this complex man.

    Into the Mirror gets inside the mind of a devious and dangerously brilliant man and creates an unforgettable portrait of someone so caught up in the struggle with his own personal demons that he would betray everything he holds sacred -- his wife, his family, his religion, and his country.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Quick moving, enlightening and masterful
    Into the Mirror moves at such a break-neck pace that this book should be arrested for breaking the literary speed limit. Some may (and do) quibble about the fact this is a docudrama -- a dramatization of a true, high profile news story -- but it is FUN, a can't-put-it-down read and highly enlightening.

    I"ve read many books this year but I will say in all seriousness: this was one of the most enjoyable, compelling books I've read all year. The story centers on FBI Special Agent Robert Philip Hanssen, whose arrest on Feb 2001 on 15 counts of espionage pitchforked him into the headlines. I read many of the complicated, sometimes dry news reports -- but this book makes it REAL. So when I heard he was sentenced in May to life imprisonment I had a MUCH different reaction than I would have if I had not read this book.

    The reason: when you hear about a spy case like this you wonder "how could he do this? He just wanted the money?" and it ends in puzzlement.

    Schiller's book, based on many interviews done by Schiller and Norman Mailer, and using Mailer's mini-series screenplay as a guide, really brings the story alive. It's as dramatic as
    watching a top flight film or mini-series and more instructive than all the news reports I read on this put together. How did Hanssen get from Point A (an innocent child) to Point
    B (one of the most destructive spys in American history and only the third FBI agent ever accused of spying)? This book provides some of the answers.

    There are a slew of revelations you'll find here that explain why. Just a few: constant abuse by his policeman father (lasting into adulthood); his almost sexual thrill at deception
    and betrayal; the fun he had changing his grades in school; his betrayal of his wife, church, stated religious beliefs and best friend; his siphoning of gas out of FBI cars; his constant
    problem with credit card debt and economic dependence on his gloating father. There are too many to go into here.

    The book makes sense of the whole chronology (included in the back of the book) ...and in the end you feel you KNOW Hanssen. He's NOT sympathetic. You still feel outrage. But some puzzlement turns to pity. Hanssen was a master spy and Into the
    Mirror is a master docudrama.

    4-0 out of 5 stars enlightening view of Hanssen
    "Into The Mirror" is the first work written by Lawrence Schiller that I've read. Naturally, I was extremely interested in reading about Robert P Hanssen's life. After all, who wouldn't wonder what kind of a childhood or life Hanssen had lived before/during that of a turncoat spy? When Hanssen's story first broke in the news media, and his position with the FBI that had allowed for his twenty years of spying, I was quite appalled. Who wasn't? Still, like every other American, I soon developed my own opinion. I thought Hanssen spied for the money. After reading Schiller's book, my first impression was right. With his back financially against the wall, Hanssen found an easy way out of his problem. Yet, I kept wondering how this man could sleep at night for twenty years, knowing what he had done. Not only had this traitor put the lives of every American in harm's way by divulging pertinent top-secret information to the Russians, but also the lives of his wife and six children. What a monster! There's no doubt in my mind that Hanssen has to be one very sick and mentally deranged individual. He endured a childhood that was a nightmare. An abusive father who openly flaunted his womanizing in front of his wife and Robert. No doubt, dressed in his policeman's uniform, Hanssen's father considered himself another King Kong. The things Hanssen's father did to him were incomprehensible and unforgettable. Yet Schiller showed in his research that Hanssen grew to manhood with a different outlook about life, marriage and raising children. The author is trying to convince his readers that Hanssen was unfaithful only once to his wife. That may be the case. Who oculd actually know for sure? But after reading the way Hanssen defiled Bonnie with his best friend, Jack, by showing Jack nude pictures of her and allowing Jack to observe what took place in the privacy of their bedroom...well, this is the part that proves Hanssen is mentally deranged. Perhaps he was trying to compare himself and his position to that of James Bond-Agent 007. The job put him above anyone or anything else. He too was another King Kong like his father, while toting his Walther PPK as an FBI agent. But instead of womanizing, which I would think he remembered his father here, he chose pornography. Everything Hanssen did in regard to sex was not normal. My only problem with this book was wondering if Schiller really did believe Hanssen's wife, Bonnie, was so gullible and naive. Surely he knows women better than that. If I found $10,000 in one of my husband's socks, I'd know something was going on. It's hard to beleive Hanssen succeeded for twenty years in giving his wife this kind of a snow job. Otherwise, I think Schiller has done a wonderful job in the research and portraying of Hanssen's life. I can't wait for the mini-series. I enjoy a book that keeps me wanting to turn the page. "Into The Mirrow" kept me turning its pages. I started reading and couldn't put the book down. I plan on recommending this book to my library book review group. And now, I'm going to the library and look for Schiller's book "American Tragedy".

    2-0 out of 5 stars Sins of the flesh?
    Schiller's conceit here is misguided. The mirror references are tired, and Hansen's overbearing father is a cliche rather than a character. While distilling Hansen's motives proves interesting at times, the dialouge reads as the male equivalent of a boddice ripper, though Lifetime TV would love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book about a twisted, evil, man.
    When I read this account of the life of Robert Hanssen, I thought it was merely going to be an account of a disillusioned man, who was made a good offer by the Russians. As I read the account, and especially his personal, i.e., sexual predelictions, and especially with his wife, I thought: "What a sick, twisted, evil, individual this is." [I am being kind here.] I do not know who he betrayed worse-his family, particularly, his wife, or the U.S. Government. Both are almost equally reprehensible. His wife was either the most devoted, if naive, women, or the stupidest. The fact that she went along with some of his perverted, sick, diseased ideas (considering if she had known his further plans, i.e., having his friend "sleep" with her, she might have sought an annulment)in some ways, does not lend sympathy to her either (only for the children). To my mind, life terms were too good for this depraved man. Robert Hanssen should consider himself lucky that he is an American (though an insult to his country). Anywhere else, they'd have executed him. The including of a couple of his web stories bears this out. This guy is seriously disturbed. I am actually amazed this book got written. Having said all of this, I'd recommend it as an example of an examination of a person with too high a position, going bad, and having the consequences come back to rightfully give him what he deserves.

    3-0 out of 5 stars My Personal Perspective
    I was interested in the story about this man, but I really could do without all the sexual nonsense. This destroyed the book for me. If I were the wife of this gentleman, I would be aghast that my personal life had been exposed. Maybe this was okayed by her, but I didn't need to read all this garbage to get the story. It's too bad if we fear our book won't sell unless we tell the public over and over again how much he liked Playboy, gave his wife's nude pictures to his best friend, and encouraged this friend to watch his wife naked in the shower. The book definitely does NOT have a Christian slant. ... Read more

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