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By Persons Unknown: The Strange Death of Christine Demeter
By Persons Unknown The Strange Death of Christine Demeter Author:George Jonas and Barbara Amiel In future years this book will be seen as a classic. By concentrating on one dramatic murder case, the authors have managed to reveal, in absorbing detail, exactly how our legal system operates. They take us behind the counter in the police station to where overworked detectives struggle to acquire evidence that the prosecuting attorneys can sha... more »pe into a case. They take us into the plush fortieth-floor offices of an expensive and successful lawyer as the defense strategy is mapped out. They take us not only into the hushed courtroom as the trial progresses, but even behind the scenes to the Judge's chambers, where the rival lawyers bitterly debate. And they take us along the echoing corridors of Kingston Penitentiary.
But this is much more than just a book about a crime, bewildering and dramatic though the murder of Christine Demeter undoubtedly was. Ranging back and forth in time and place, from war-torn Budapest in 1944 to wintry Ottawa in 1977, this brilliant book introduces us to a dazzling variety of people at the very top and the very bottom of Canadian society. Some of these men and women are good, some are evil. But all of them are described coolly and objectively, with wit and elegance, by George Jonas and Barbara Amiel in this intelligent, enthralling, and disturbing book. You will not forget it.« less