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Deadly Silence: The Ordeal of Cheryl Pierson: A Case of Incest and Murder (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – September 5, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Signet
  • Mass Market Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Reprint edition (September 5, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451162617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451162618
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,812,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

One of the most striking events in recent Long Island history was the case of Cheryl Pierson, whose electrician father was fatally shot in his driveway in 1986. The community of Selden was shocked because James Pierson had seemed such a regular guybluff, hearty, extrovertedand his family close-knit and happy. But it developed that his daughter and her boyfriend, Rob Cuccio, had hired a high school classmate, Sean Pica, to commit the murder because her father had been abusing her sexually since she was 12 and now, she feared, was about to repeat the pattern with her younger sister, JoAnn. This account of the case by New York Times reporter Kleiman is investigative journalism at its bestfair and even-handed, written with compassion for human suffering. Cheryl Pierson was sentenced to five years probation; she and Cuccio are now married. Sixteen-year-old gunman Pica is serving a 24-year sentence for manslaughter. Photos not seen by PW. 75,000 first printing; $75,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild alternate; author tour.
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You never really get a sense that you know who Cheryl or her brother are.
Robert S. Gartner
The characters were not fleshed out whatsoever, leaving them to be somewhat emotionless.
Heidionebraid
Read this over 10 years ago, but nothing really stands out about this book.
Kathryn

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Gartner on October 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Some incidents draw lots of media attention and there are a whole host of books written about the case, some good and some bad (the Lindbergh baby kidnapping for example.) Other incidents, such as the Cheryl Pierson case draw a goodly amount of media attention, but only one book is written on the case and it isn't all that good. Such is the case of "Deadly Silence" and Dena Kleiman. I lived on Long Island for almost forty years and I know quite a bit about the case of Cheryl Pierson. She was sexually assaulted by her father after her mother developed cancer and the abuse continued after her mother's death. When it appeared Mr. Pierson might start abusing her younger sister, Cheryl hired a classmate to have him killed. The story is a horrifying one, yet Ms. Kleiman manages to drain the life out of it. The book comes off more as an extended newspaper article, rather than an in depth investigative story of Cheryl and her abuse. You never really get a sense that you know who Cheryl or her brother are. And neither do you really get to know Sean Pica, the young man who did the shooting and still sits in prison for it. Had Ms. Kleiman done a little more investigative research and reported on in depth interviews with the principles, this could have been a very powerful book. Maybe she will do a rewrite at some future date or maybe an experienced investigative reporter will do a better book on this tragic case.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidionebraid on November 28, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I tend to agree with the other reviewers that there is simply not enough facts to support the topic of this book. Cheryl Pierson happens to be a distant cousin of mine. Her grandmother and my mother were first cousins. There was a lot more in the family background than was written about, which would perhaps shed some light on the personalities of the famly members. The characters were not fleshed out whatsoever, leaving them to be somewhat emotionless. It seemed just be be a book to grab your attention and leave you hungry for more.
The TV movie mirrored this book.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Author needs to go back to Creative Writing 101 and dismiss two-thirds of this book. That two thirds has little or nothing to do with the subject at hand- it's just book filler. The other third of the book is on target.
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By Donna on April 27, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Interesting detailed account.
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