“Johnson’s become a liability.”
“Affronted by the nonstop barrage of media violence, we pine for a return to a more civilized time – conveniently forgetting that a hundred years ago, public hangings were a popular form of family entertainment, and that turn-of-the-century ‘penny papers’… Read More ›
Lyall Watson in ‘Dark Nature’ quoted in ‘Fiend: The Shocking True Story of America’s Youngest Serial Killer’ by Harold Schechter
“The level of actual violence as measured by homicide…has never been lower…It may seem that we live in violent times, but even the famously gentle Bushmen of the Kallahari have a homicide rate that eclipses those of the most notorious… Read More ›
Opening Sentence:‘To explain evil,’ said Baudelaire in his Journaux intimes, ‘we must always go back to Sade – that is to normal man. Synopsis:The Marquis de Sade and his works – widely banned until the late 1960s – still have… Read More ›
Opening Sentence:Dressed in the street clothes they had given him – a shabby grey suit, it’s baggy pants supported by galluses; a rumpled white shirt, its collar too small to button; an old silk tie that dangled halfway down his… Read More ›
“One detective, concerned at the problems girls are now facing at a much earlier age, told me he had to deal with a number of rape cases involving girls as young as 11 who had ‘boyfriends’ 16 and above.”
Opening Sentence:It is New Year’s Eve, 1921, the city of Melbourne, early morning. Synopsis:Gun Alley strips away the myths surrounding Australia’s infamous “schoolgirl murder” in the 1920s – not only exposing the travesty of justice that sent an innocent man… Read More ›
Opening Sentence:This is a book about violent crime. Synopsis:’Never to be released‘. A rare recommendation reserved for the most vicious of killers. The mass murderers. The serial killers. The child murderers. Those who rape and kill in gangs. Killers like:… Read More ›
An OK read but not a masterpiece.
I don’t normally go for courtroom dramas, but this was definitely an exception. Written in an easy to read style, this book was nonetheless gripping from beginning to end.
Surprises around every corner, and a great storyline.
This isn’t the most brilliantly written book in the universe, but I’d say it’s worth taking a look.