This is a very moving autobiography. In following this man\'s life experiences and his intellectual and philosophical changes, I gained great respect for, and understanding of, a human being who made a difference.
This is a very dark book. A very poor, but brilliant student from India misunderstands to friendship of a young woman who is desperate for love. Socially insecure and battling a controlling old world father, the girl is both flattered and disgusted by the slavish attention of the young Indian. The path followed by each of this pair is detailed for over a year as it leads to a single, tragic end for both.
This is one of Koontz's earlier books, but is one of his finest. Husband and wife private investigators are caught up in supernatural events as they help a client who must continue to teleport himself to escape superhuman forces out to destroy him. The wife's brother, a wonderful character who has Down's syndrome, is also telepathic and provides a great counterpoint to all of the evil against which they must fight. Koontz is a master of making the unbelievable believable. A great read.
I could hardly put this book down. This true account of a young girl who somehow fell into the hands of a convicted pedophile, who raised her as his own child,is one of the most haunting books I've ever read. The fact that she was a brilliant, vivacious, and beautiful person makes the truth of her life all but unbelievable. How could such a thing happen? Why didn't she ever confide her predicament to anyone? This is a well-researched book with information on the various agencies that help in searching for missing and exploited children.
The writer of this novel-like true crime book based it upon his extensive coverage of multiple murders in two prominent southern families for his newspaper. He has done a masterful job of detailing these terrible tragedies. The fact that the murders were committed by beloved family members makes the story all the more poignant. The historical perspective is interesting and the personalities and psychological makeup of the characters are presented through the even-handed interviews with friends and family memers. This is a heart-breaker.
This is one of the saddest true crime books I've read. A storybook, upscale family is destroyed when the father, who lives beyond his means decides to hire someone to kill his beautiful wife. He has a mistress, of course, and there is a million plus life insurance policy on his wife. However, he is so egotistical that he believes his three sons, as well as the community, will support him without question even though evidence against him is overwhelming. His sons did stand behind him during the trial, where he was sentenced to death. The story of the two older boys slowly facing the truth about their father is heartbreaking, as is the fact that the youngest continued to cling to the 'blind faith' he had in his father.
A good read for 'true crime' buffs. The fact that a 'loving husband and father' could be a cold-blooded killer as well is fascinating.
This is a good study in the effectiveness of cold-case crime solving.
This well-researched book is a scary scenario of what happened when corrupt, power hungry members of three of the nation's major security agencies hatched a devious scheme to achieve great wealth at the taxpayers' expense. For their plan to work, it required complicity that reached the nation's highest office. Lots of complex characters and nail-biting action.
This is a delightful book about a young boy, destined to become a writer, whose real life (and imaginary) adventures are exciting and well written. For anyone who enjoys remembering childhood it is a must.
I have read almost all of Thomas Thompson's books and have thoroughly enjoyed each one, both fact and fiction. While this one is fiction, it introduces three promising young men who rise to the heights of celebrity in films, journalism and in charismatic religion. These characters are fascinating and well-developed. Both a love story and a murder mystery, it's a good read.
It seems that Sharon Fuller Nelson Harrelson lives her life as the heroine of an ongoing series of "bodice ripper" novels. Sharon would be an unlikely fictional character. The way she captivates and manipulates a number of married men is unbelievable. They seem to lose all sense of family responsibility and even decency as they marry this sexy woman who blissfully continues affair after affair. The one man she can't marry is just as captivated by her as the others, but can't seem to totally dump his wife. He is, however, willing to kill for her to keep her as his lover.
This is a fascinating true crime story of parricide in a wealthy North Carolina family. Joe Mcginniss' hours of interviews with the Von Stein family, friends, law enforcement officers and lawyers are recounted in painful detail and bring to light the story of a sadly disfunctional family and a horrible murder. The son, a college student, plots with his 'dungeons and dragons' player buddies to kill both his mother and stepfather for the multi-million dollar inheritance he thinks will make his life perfect. His mother survives and spends several years desperately trying to find her husband's killer, yet refusing to see where all the evidence is leading. Only after the son admits to the crime is the mother able to accept it - even as she continues to love and support him. A troubling question is never satisfactorily answered. Did the younger sister of the murderer play a part in the crime?