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Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (June 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440113024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440113027
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,590,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, could not put it down.
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You don't get any real sense at all about what made these people tick.
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It had a rather strange quality to it.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Angie2 on May 30, 2007
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If you've seen the movie "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" (with Diane Keaton & Richard Gere), then this book is a nice follow-up because it goes into tremendous details about the characters.

This book also goes into a thorough background into other areas, not just regarding the story as shown in the movie, but also into the murder scene & other characters (such as the detectives, the victim's relatives' roles in the situation, and of course explaining the role of the murderer's other lovers & family) .

This is a rather sad book, but described with "sensitivity" (imho) because it tries to describe the victim's reasonings as to why she , (such a sweet teacher), went out at night and picked-up such low-life people. Also, this book describes the murderer's childhood,---something the movie did not do.

Sadly, the author of this book died at quite a young age, so she was not able to write another follow-up to this fascinating story. Too bad because this young author could have become a more noted author, had she lived longer.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Giatime on March 25, 2006
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okay folks here is the confusing deal. Katherine Cleary is the fictional name used in the book Closing time, The true account of the murder of the actual deaf children's teacher Roseanne Quinn (Katherine Cleary in the book - Don't know why the author felt the need to use fictional names) She was murdered by John Wayne Wilson. (The real guy) So here is what we know as fact; Looking for MR Goodbar is the fictionalized version of the real murder of Roseanne Quinn. The looking for the Goodbar Killer TV movie is the closest version to the actual truth of the murder on Roseanne Quinn. (Katherine Cleary in the film) Actually it's just like it happened, except they don't touch on the fact that John Wayne, and his gay benefactor-boyfriend also shared their apartment for about 6 months with John Wayne's pregnant girlfriend who knew and actually preferred when he was hustling males in Times Square for cash. Anyway everything you want to know about the case is available in the NYT archives if you put in Roseanne Quinn's name in the query. Although it would cost you. I find the whole story sad but fascinating. So don't get mixed up you are talking about the same case but confusing the fictional account with the real account and then to mix things up more the fact that they used fictionalized names in the real accounts in the book and the tv movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By karen roberts on April 12, 2014
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For those of you who remember the movie with Diane Keaton and Richard Gere, Looking for Mr. Goodbar , also the book by Judith Rossner (I think that was her name) of the same name, you would never forget it. This is the true depiction of the actual crime that was committed back in the 70's before New York city cleaned up its' streets. A haunting story of a lonely woman who wanted to spread her wings in the new coming of age of women breaking free of the stereotypical woman as wife and mother. Of a man who was suffering from an identity crisis also at the apex of his life. Both crossed paths on a night when both were looking for another persons touch late in the night of a time when no one wanted to know each others name. This book, could not put it down. I read it in about 3 days time., A couple of those nights, slept only because I could not keep my eyes open. A fabulous read for those who lilke the drama of true life and death who comes to soon. Fascinating.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tad on February 15, 2002
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Well told story of the 'Goodbar Murder,' which in many ways was an emblem of 70's urban America, where therapy was often sought in bars and bedrooms, often with strangers. Big question of course, is what the name 'Goodbar' had to do with any of this, meaning the event, the movie, and this book, but maybe I missed that. As a writer myself, I read on the dust jacket that author Lacey F. lived in San Francisco, so I looked her up in the phone book and called the number, only to be told by her widowed husband that she'd died nine years ago, which was sad and not a little unnerving, although the ex-husband was quite appreciative of my nice words about the book and Lacey's taut journalistic style. This is the end of my review. Thank you.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure why Lacey Fosburgh chose to use fictional names for real people in her true account of the 'Goodbar' murder, although I suspect it was because some interviewed wished to remain off-the-record, which is completely understandable.

Since the author was unable to interview the victim's (Roseann Quinn/Katherine Cleary) family, the young woman remains a bit of a mystery, though the clues to her personality are definitely there. Fosburgh did have full access to family and acquaintances of the killer (John Wayne Wilson/Joe Willie Simpson), so his story is naturally more fleshed-out. He certainly doesn't come off sympathetically, but the reader does gain an understanding of how/why he ended up in Tweed's bar that fateful night as well as how/why a deadly situation developed once he and the victim were alone with each other in the wee hours after several drinks.

It should come as no surprise that the victim's family chose not to become involved with this or any other book/article on the case. Not only did they lose their daughter in a grisly crime at a young age, but the intimate details of her personal life that came out afterward must've been utterly devastating.

I'd recommend this book to those interested in the facts and details of the 'Goodbar' case. It is thoughtful, very well-written and a quick read (I read it in one afternoon/evening).
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