This book started out great, lots of action from page 1 that never lets up. The problem is that half-way through the book, it became very predictable. The two main characters fall in love, and from that point on, you can tell who's going to be alive at the end of the book based on their relationship to these two characters. I'll stick with Ketchum - he's scary AND unpredictable.
This was a good book. Derrick Todd Lee was a black serial killer who got away with years of murder because the task force was looking for a white man. There were some clues and some people who tried to point them in the direction of Lee, but no one would listen because Lee was not white. Blood Bath is also about Lee...both books are good and I would recommend both.
After reading The Cellar, this book was a disappointment. It starts out just like The Cellar, with two women traveling together being harassed by a lone male driver. After that, the rest of the book is spent laying the foundation for getting all of the main characters into the Beast House. Unable to come up with a good premise, the author settles for a ludicrous one. And unlike The Cellar, this ending was pretty predictable.
This was a very good book. The author tells the story in a way that makes you understand, and feel empathy for, all the people involved. But he doesn't veer off into unrelated side stories or unimportant details - he sticks to the story at hand, which makes the story flow smoothly. Basically, the book is about a teen whose drunk driving causes the death of his female passenger, and the girl's brother goes after revenge. I felt so sorry for the brother; I was hoping for a different verdict than the one the jury rendered.
This was a good book. Derrick Todd Lee was a black serial killer who got away with years of murder because the task force was looking for a white man. There were some clues and some people who tried to point them in the direction of Lee, but no one would listen because Lee was not white. An Invisible Man is also about Lee...both books are good and I would recommend both.
I liked this book a lot. I like this author's style of writing - there was not a real long trial section, which I tend to dislike (page after page of every question posed to every witness, like it was taken verbatim from the trial transcript.)
Randy Headrick left one of the worst crime scenes DeKalb County, Alabama cops had ever seen. They found his wife with a Bowie knife still stuck in her throat and an Indian spear still embedded in her body, plus three bullets to the head. He also killed his mother-in-law, then tried to pin the crime on his own brother. To call Randy Headrick a monster would be an insult - to monsters.
Classic story of the cheating husband who kills his wife, with a twist - half the community thinks he's innocent. The author never states his opinion, but I got the impression that he also thinks Dr. Graham is innocent. (I don't - I think he beat his wife to death with a sledgehammer, then gave himself an insignificant wound and claimed he was attacked. Funny how these "medical types" always think one strategically placed, shallow stab wound will be enough to divert suspicion.) The trial testimony drags on, but it was easy to skim with no loss of content. I would recommend this book!
This was a very good book. I was surprised by this story. I usually do not feel any sympathy for the "bullies" or evil people who get killed by good people who have finally had enough (such as the "victims" in A Father's Rage or In Broad Daylight.) True, Bobby was a real jerk, but the kids who killed him were basically jerks, too. I did feel bad for Bobby when I read how he was killed.
I read a lot of true crime, and this is one of the best books I've ever read. This is about the Lake Waco murders of three teenagers. I recommend it to anyone who likes true crime. Carlton Stowers is a great author, and this may be his very best work.
This book is actually a collection of ten T/C murders, by various authors, that all occurred around Christmastime. None of the stories are about recent or well-known murders. Nonetheless, the cases covered here were of a wide variety, and very interesting.
This was a very good book which I thoroughly enjoyed. There are three short horror stories by Ed Bryant; specifically, psychological terror. (That's what I would call it, anyway.) The third story, Human Remains, was my favorite. It is about a group of women who gets together to discuss how they are coping (or not) with the fact that they have all survived an encounter with a serial killer. Very original story - I've never read anything like it.
I didn't like this book. It was very, very repetitive. Page after page, re-hashing the same things, over and over again. The only reason I kept reading it was to find out how the crime actually went down...which is not revealed until the last TWO PAGES of the book! Poorly written to the point of being annoying.
This was a good book. There were quite a variety of murders; some for love, some for vengeance, some for gain. Some men, some women; some convicted, some acquitted. All were very interesting. Includes the story of Tom Dula (of whom the song, "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley," was written.)