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Subject: If I Am Missing or Dead
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 1:40 AM ET
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I just picked this up from the library and amstarting it tonight. The full title is If I Am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder and Liberation by Janine Latus. Has anyone read it? 

jody 

Date Posted: 9/15/2007 6:01 PM ET
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I just put it on reserve at my library.  Thanks for a new title.  I rarely get any TC books at the library but they had this one.  I also put the new one about Anna Nicole Smith by Rita Crosby.

Sherry -
Date Posted: 9/15/2007 7:24 PM ET
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I just read it and it's one of the best true crime I've read in a long time.  It's one of those that you can't put down until you finish it.

Date Posted: 9/16/2007 12:34 AM ET
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Glad you ordered it Nicki and also that you thought so highly of it, Sherry. You are right, it's a very quick read.  I am flying through it trying to figure out what happens. I just started it last night and am almost done. The whole premise of the book's title is just heart wrenching. 

 jody 

Date Posted: 9/23/2007 6:58 PM ET
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What a great book Jody..sort of a combination memoir and  a small bit of true crime.  I think many people that don't read true crime books would enjoy it.  I read the whole thing at work today...I was not busy..so I read for 6 hours. 

Date Posted: 9/24/2007 12:14 AM ET
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I agree Nicki. It's definitely not the standard format for true crime. I think  I would call it more memoir but what it says does show how  one's environment/relationship patterns foreshadows a future potential crime. I read another book not too long ago called The Red Parts which also was a memoir/true crime combo. It did focus much more on the crime though.  I'm still reading And The Sea Will Tell and really enjoying it. 

 jody 

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 9/25/2007 8:36 AM ET
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And the Sea Will Tell is very good, but very detailed.  I'm a fan of Bugliosi but I know many find his writing a bit dry.

Jody, thanks for mentioning If I Am Missing...  sounds like a goodie!

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 6:11 PM ET
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I checked this out from the Library today.  I'm already about half way through it.  So far, so good.

Date Posted: 9/25/2007 9:20 PM ET
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Ok...finished.  Interesting, but not one of my personal favorites.

Date Posted: 9/26/2007 12:48 AM ET
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I agree about And The Sea Will Tell... I am getting a bit bogged down in legalise/courtroom motions etc.. But i am still liking it. 

 jody  

Date Posted: 10/4/2007 10:28 PM ET
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I really enjoyed ththat book. It was more emotional than a lot of regular true crime books. i think it was probably because it was written from someone who knew the victim, rather than someone who studied the killer.

Date Posted: 10/18/2007 7:42 PM ET
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Have it on my WL...