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Bitter Blood: A True Story of Southern Family Pride, Madness, and Multiple Murder (Onyx) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Onyx
  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Onyx (April 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451402103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451402103
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very well written and researched.
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This is one of the best true crime books I've ever read.
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The detail in this book was way too much.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am not huge true crime genre reader, but Bledsoe writes a story about two murders in the south during the mid-80's that captured my interest. Bledsoe does deep and wide investigative research into the infamous murders of a widow and a daughter in Kentucky and how they were connected with another multiple murder in Winston-Salem.
In detail, Bledsoe portrays the various players. The reader gets an engrossing detail into the detectives that researched the case. In addition, the victims' lives were intimately discussed. The story reads like a mystery, taking the reader through the possible suspects. Ultimately, the victims were related to a bitter child custody battle between Tom Lynch and his ex-wife Susie Lynch and the shocking insanity of the criminal becomes clearer.
I didn't know anything about this case before reading the book. It was a little slow to start, often times tedious. I felt at times that Bledsoe was giving me more information than I needed or cared to know. However, as the book progressed, the details that Bledsoe were revealing were more relevant and showed the nature behind crime. Bledsoe had definitely done his research. The book also asks more questions than it answers -- leaving the window open to speculation and ones questions that probably will never be answered.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 1999
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I was in N.C. when the climax of this book occurred (TV stations broke into programming to warn motorists/viewers to avoid certain streets because of the slow moving police chase.) Later, I worked in the newsroom of the Greensboro News & Record when Jerry's account of the murders was published. It captivated the entire piedmont triangle area for a week; no one could stop talking about it. In the newsroom, we knew for certain it would be published in book form long before the contracts were signed - it was that compelling. We kidded each other as to who would be cast in the movie - again, long before the ink had dried on Jerry's book contract.
When the book was finally published, it was nothing short of a true crime masterpiece. This is the true crime book with which to judge all others. Jerry is a masterful writer, a spinner of tales, a good old boy in the finest southern sense.
Buy the book. You won't regret it.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on May 5, 2006
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Jerry Bledsoe has created an incredible examination of the murders of Delores and Janie Lynch in Kentucky, and Nanna, Bob and Florence Newsom in North Carolina. All of the victims, murderers, and their family members' lives, hopes and personalities are delved into, and we get a good picture of what happened. Why, unfortunately, is a matter of speculation, but with all the information provided we can come up with an understanding. Many of Susie Lynch's family wouldn't believe she would knowingly be involved in those murders, and ultimately in the deaths of her boys, even after evidence suggested otherwise. And for years Fritz Klenner was able to deceive everyone about his education, his career, and his dark side. I believe Susie was just as fanatical and paranoid as Fritz and they fed off each other. The two of them ultimately lost touch with reality completely and sacrificed two young innocent boys, in what for them seemed to be the only solution. As I read the final "chase" scene, I wondered if it could have been prevented. Sadly, it may well have if the SBI had not withheld information, and their politics had not gotten in the way. What I found remarkable was the Kentucky State Police homicide detective's determination to get the whole truth and continue his investigation on Susie Lynch even after her death and when the easy way would be to just close the case. In sum, this is an engrossing book and I would highly recommend it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. Smith on September 3, 2004
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Bitter Blood is a compelling story of such monstrous proportions that we immediately recognize that only family could be guilty of such crimes. (Not our families, of course--those other families. The crazy ones.)

Bledsoe has a unique gift for selecting the right details. His eye is true and his judgement sound in giving the reader just enough information to feel we have a three-dimensional understanding, but the narrative never stumbles under the weight of too much irrelevant material. This makes for a grotesquely intriguing story. We are horrified, shocked, disgusted, but under Bledsoe's careful guidance, we come to understand the real people and events that led to this nightmare.

True crime fans will love it. Those of us who live in North Carolina shake our heads in recognition. A compelling read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By rcoogan@eosinc.com on October 8, 1997
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This work is worth every minute of your time, if you like true crime. It is a fascinating study of the internal makings of a woman obsessed with herself. Shocking through the last page. The most captivating book of true crime I have ever read. Bledsoe is a fine writer.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Fisher on February 2, 2006
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I read the book while on vacation and it was a great read. I'm a professional investigator and read all these books thru the lens of "what is there to learn for me here?" In this case, the previous reviewers are on track: the story is just too bizarre to have been made up. The research is fantastic and the reporting is well balanced. What I found most instructive was the absolutely dogged determination of the Kentucky State Police homicide detective. He should be proud of his energetic legwork!! The book is well worth anyone's time.
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Jerry Bledsoe was born in Danville, VA, in 1941, and grew up in Thomasville, N.C. After three years in the Army he became a newspaper reporter and for more than 20 years was a feature columnist in Greensboro and Charlotte. He was a contributing editor to Esquire when he began writing books. His seventh book, Bitter Blood, became a New York Times #1 bestseller and was made into a CBS mini-series. He and his wife, Linda, live near Asheboro, NC.

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