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Deadly Innocence Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Warner edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446601543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446601542
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a good read for true crime lovers.
"kat84848"
It is amazing and very scary that this kind of thing goes on around us!
Linda Kreitzman
Read this book and you will find it difficult to put down as I did.
Mrs. J. Watson

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "kat84848" on March 9, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a good read for true crime lovers. The book flows especially well and in chronological order making it easy to follow. Some of the details are especially graphic. The details given in the rape of some of the girls seems a tad bit over-the-top and I was left questioning whether it was necessary for the reader to be privy to such information... especially since young girls, children really, were the victims. I felt for the parents that lost these young girls. This being said, the book is well-written and you will be easily lost and amazed that two people could be so evil.
My only real criticism of the book is that this author really lets Karla off the hook for her part in these horrific crimes. The author seems to subscibe to the notion that Karla was a victim. He describes the abusive relationship in great detail and the path that brought Karla into Paul's twisted life of rape, torture and eventually murder. The author obviously denotes Karla's involvment as a result of "battered woman" syndrome ... which was cinched when she participated in the rape of her teenage sister which ended in her death.
I, however, was not convinced. Reading this book left me feeling angry that Karla was not treated as the murder and rapist that she truly is. I felt that she used her good looks, coy attitude and sob story to evade the justice that she duly warranted. As a woman I was offended that she could violate her sister and other young girls... she had plenty of opportunity to stop this demon of a man.
Ironically, all of my girlfriends who read this book felt the same way. All of my male friends felt that she was a victim. I guess you will have to read the book to see what you think.
This book is recommended.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Gregg Hillier on November 29, 1999
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I have read all three books on the Bernardo/Homolka case and by far "Deadly Innocence" is the best. Scott Cairns and Alan Burnside have presented the facts of this bizarre case with little of the psychological speculation of "why they did it" that tarnishes Nick Pron's "Lethal Marraige." And they have written this account in less of a tabloid sensaltionistic manner than Stephen William's "Invisible Darkness." Paul and Karla emerge here as twisted, self-absorbed losers whose miserable existence revolves around sex. Even after Karla left Paul, she could'nt wait to have more sex. Paul was naive enough to believe he would never get caught - a classic sociopath. And the Niagara and Toronto police emerge as even detached from reality as Paul. It is amazing that they caught him !
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2002
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Written by two journalists who freely admit they are not full-fledged authors, this book is packed with information about these criminals and includes input by some of the couple's closest friends. That's what makes this book a good, yet deeply disturbing, read.
However, those who are more accustomed to the polished true crime writing of Ann Rule may be disappointed. The writers overdramatize in places, when, considering the nature of the story, it's uncalled for.
Also, a photo of the authors is included in the section of photographs related to the criminals and the crime, rather than at the back of the book where a photograph and brief biography of an author (or authors) normally would go. Throughout the book, it's as if the authors are trying to make themselves an integral part of the story, instead of the reporters they claim to be.
The text itself is poorly edited, with too-frequent grammar and usage mistakes that are often distracting. There's also a factual error when the authors wrongly attribute a hip-hop/dance tune to Public Enemy instead of Snap! It's not really a big deal as it relates to the story, but it makes a reader doubt the amount of care the authors took in researching the case and reporting its facts. That's a shame because this is such an intriguing case, and this book is often rated the best of the three about it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 2000
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Of all of the three books I've read on the Bernardo/Homolka case this is the one I keep going back to. There are scenes here that I can't get out of my head. Perhaps I am biased, this was the first book on the case that I read and the one that I got all the information from, I'd never heard of either Bernardo or Homolka until I picked up a copy . Having read both 'Lethal Marriage' by Nick Pron and 'Invisible Darkness' by Stephen Williams I think that this book paints the broadest picture of the whole case and is the most emotionally involving. I almost felt sorry for Karla after reading 'Deadly Innocence' until I read 'Invisible Darkness'. It's less trashy tabloid in style than 'Lethal Marriage' and less rigidlly centred on Karla's guilt than the Stephen Williams book (and I do think that she is dead guilty). It also helped to project an image of the victims as the likeable people they were, especially in the case of the third one, Kristen French. Quite simply heartbreaking.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Scott on April 16, 2001
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Absolutely the best of the bunch with regards to the Schoolgirl murders. Alan Cairns and Scott Burnside cooperate to publish a fact filled, no holds barred, yet objective account of the murders and trial which held the Canadian nation in suspense much the way the OJ trial fascinated the crime reading public in the United States.
It does get quite intense and you will certainly find yourself cringing as you read accounts of the many ways Paul Bernardo abused and controlled Karla Homolka. Kudos also go out to the authors for getting input from many of the friends of the main players, getting actual verbatim accounts the way neither Lethal Marriage or Invisible Darkness manage to do.
For fans of True Crime, this book will keep you enthralled from page one to the finish. An absolute must read.
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