Mikal Gilmore is unsparing in his depiction of his troubled family: the frontier Mormonism that shaped them, the poverty and addiction that plagued them for generations, and the federal systems that failed them repeatedly.
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While Mailer portrayed Gary Gilmore as a folk hero and deadly cipher, Mikal gives us a killer who was both a stranger and a brother — a man many of us could know. Vulgar Favors , Maureen Orth On July 15, , when fashion designer Gianni Versace was gunned down on the steps of his Miami mansion, the world reacted in disbelief.
Who would kill such a beloved figure? Hellhound on His Trail , Hampton Sides When writing about a tale that has been told a thousand times before, you have to come up with a new device.
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As you go back and forth, both the soon-to-martyred King and his assassin are transformed from the archetypes as we know them into the humans they once were. The only problem: How can you find another supervillain like Robert Durst? Hold my beer, says John Carreyrou.
This is the story of the charismatic Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, her Svengali-esque second-in-command, and their multibillion-dollar-valued Silicon Valley start-up that claimed it could diagnose hundreds of diseases with a finger prick of blood. When James Ellroy was 8 years old, the body of his mother was found near a ball field in El Monte, California. She had been raped and murdered, and her killer was never caught. I want to take your secrets public.
I want to burn down the distance between us. I want to give you breath. As true-crime writers, we can get obsessed with a case. Evidence of Love , Jim Atkinson and John Bloom This superb book centers on adulterous lovers who happen to belong to the same church. He argued that it was Gore who first brandished the ax and Montgomery was only defending herself. It would have been easy to be snarky or salacious with this material, but Atkinson and Bloom prove to be compassionate chroniclers of life in Wylie, Texas, part of the so-called Silicon Prairie back when Texas Instruments was a big deal.
Candy Montgomery is a small-town Texas version of Madame Bovary, full of inchoate desires, as surprised as anyone by the pain and destruction she causes. It was long believed to be a case of mistaken identity; the working theory was that a convenience-store clerk had paid men to kill a young woman on whom he had an insurance policy, and that the hired killers screwed up. The 25,word piece, the fascinating result of a yearlong investigation, forced me to question everything about a story I thought I knew quite well.
One of the best was Betty Broderick: A Woman Scorned , about a first wife who shot and killed her ex and his new wife. Broderick then claimed that she was simply standing up for all the first wives who had been replaced by so-called trophy wives.
baumortcompwrit.tk I hope things worked out for her. Echoes in the Darkness , Joseph Wambaugh Wambaugh, a former Los Angeles police officer, made his reputation as a crime writer with true stories about cops. It has a love triangle possibly a quadrangle or even a pentagon ; a high-school principal with a secret life; and, at the center of everything, the charismatic, almost Rasputin-like English teacher, William Bradfield Jr. It was believed that the principal, in league with Bradfield, murdered her as well as her two missing children, who were never found.
Missoula , Jon Krakauer Krakauer, working unapologetically as an advocate-journalist, follows five sexual-assault complaints at the University of Montana-Missoula over a two-year period. Some were high-profile criminal cases involving football players; others were adjudicated by the college.
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The biggest shock in the book, however, is that Missoula turns out to be a pretty average college town when it comes to sexual assault — not the best, but far from the worst. Some reviewers criticized the book as one-sided, but that was its power: Krakauer decided to take sides and he chose to believe the women who said they were assaulted.
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And The Dead Girl is extremely personal. In , Terri Jentz set off on a cross-country bike trip with her Yale roommate. I was quite enthusiastic, but the less well-written are deservedly placed toward the back of the book. Had I known, I would have quit. I can see where many of these stories have been mined for the essential plots of subsequent novels, but the facts in the case are far less engaging, especially when the novelists insist on jumpin Disappointing.
I can see where many of these stories have been mined for the essential plots of subsequent novels, but the facts in the case are far less engaging, especially when the novelists insist on jumping all over the place in time, as if in non-fiction. They need better outlines. Aug 14, D. Nelson rated it liked it Shelves: writing-talk-research.
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About Martin Edwards. Martin Edwards. He has received the Red Herring award for services to the CWA, and the Poirot award for his outstanding contribution to the crime genre. Books by Martin Edwards.
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