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Drew Peterson Exposed - Polygraphs reveal the shocking truth about Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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"After spending hundreds of hours interviewing key players, reviewing time lines, and talking Peterson into taking lie-detector tests, [Armstrong's] opinion changes. The polygraph tests are the big news here. . . . With plenty of access to Peterson and his family (and many never-before-seen photos), this insider offering does a credible job of presenting a decidedly different point of view."  —Booklist

"I have read your book, which I thought was an excellent treatise on this whole process. It seems to me that you've done more research in drilling down on this person and the facts in this situation, maybe even more so than the prosecutors."  —Dr. Phil McGraw, Dr. Phil Show, introducing Derek Armstrong as a guest on the show

"Drew Peterson says a new book about him—due out this week—looks too much at the negative side of things."  —WBBM Chicago (CBS)

"Peterson had agreed to take the examination at the request of Derek Armstrong, the author of the recently published book Drew Peterson Exposed. . . . 'I started to come to the conclusion in my own mind that he might be guilty,' Armstrong said." — Mike Celizic, contributor, TODAYShow.com

"In May, Drew Peterson took a lie detector test at the request of author Derek Armstrong. The results, published in a new book, Drew Peterson Exposed, revealed Peterson showed deception on three occasions when asked about Stacy's disappearance. Peterson was deceptive when asked about the last time he saw Stacy, if he knows her whereabouts, and about a phone call from Stacy saying she was leaving him."  —The Early Show (CBS)

"Peterson [is] the subject of a tell-all book where he describes the day Stacy goes missing. Tonight, the prime-time exclusive, the author who grilled Peterson for hours and caught it all on tape." Nancy Grace, host, The Nancy Grace Show

"The new book Drew Peterson Exposed, about the former Bolingbrook police officer and his dead third wife and missing fourth wife, is billed as a 300-page news story. And it does have some news."  —Chicago Sun-Times

"Derek Armstrong has appeared on FOX News, Inside Edition, and Good Morning America to tell the troubling story of a man condemned by the tabloids before his case ever went to trial. Armstrong's book presents alternative theories, new evidence, uncovers shoddy police work, and reveals the results of an independent polygraph test undergone by the accused."  —In The Hills: A Magazine of Country Living

About the Author

Derek Armstrong is a former private investigator and author of Blogertize, The Game, The Last Quest, The Last Troubadour, MADicine, and The Persona Principle. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kunati Inc. (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601641877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601641878
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Drew Peterson Exposed is a fascinating, controversial, and fast read that provides witness statements, statistics, timelines, and dramatic results of polygraphs. But it's the detailed accounts in narrative form (written like a good novel) that fill in the blanks about the man, Drew Peterson, that I found most intriguing and most revealing. These narratives, obtained through direct interview by the author and then spliced cleverly in the book, are where the character and personality of Drew Peterson are shown. I came into the book with a bias as to Peterson's innocence or guilt after seeing him on TV, and nothing in the book changed this view; on the contrary, I came away from it with a stronger conviction of Peterson's guilt and a belief that he is a textbook sociopath, who hides the worst kind of darkness while charming some into believing his lies.

One thing I noticed while reading was an incredible sense of déjà vu, and the case that kept coming to mind was that of Scott Peterson (also a textbook sociopath), who insisted that his wife, Laci (the name eerily similar to Drew Peterson's wife, Stacy), had disappeared. Scott Peterson's story was found to be a lie when his dead wife and baby washed up on the beach. Drew Peterson's wife is yet to be found, and although the book gives me the impression that Drew Peterson believes he's smarter than those investigating one wife's death and another wife's disappearance, I feel confident that the truth will be uncovered.

After reading the book, I was left with two questions: (1) if, in fact, Drew Peterson had nothing to do with Stacy's disappearance, why isn't he using his police skills to find her and put the investigation to rest? and (2) what are the statistics about two wives either dying or disappearing under questionable circumstances?
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In high profile cases such as Drew Peterson's, we're bombarded with news stories and speculation, but very little factual information. Author and crime investigator Derek Armstrong takes us behind the scenes of Sgt Drew Peterson to show us family photographs and documents that we'd not otherwise be privy to. Having taken the class "History as Bibliography" taught by Dr. Don Carleton, who assisted Walter Cronkite with his autobiography, I can say that Armstrong did his work correctly by questioning the narratives presented within the book like he would witnesses in court.

Not only is the information appropriately questioned, it is presented in a logical and interesting manner. Armstrong's skill as a writer took a narrative which could otherwise become monotonous and created a fascinating read.

Like most readers of these types of books, I came to "Drew Peterson Exposed" with a preconceived notion of Peterson's situation. Clearly, from the diverging opinions of others who've read the book Armstrong allowed us to draw our own conclusions which is the best way to handle the story. While I didn't change my mind, I am now approaching the case with a good deal more information than I had before thanks to Mr. Armstrong's enlightening narrative.

Rebecca Kyle, May 2009
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This is the first in-depth look at the days of Drew's life that the media never uncovered. This is the most inside information you'll get from being on the outside of the story. The author used his time with Drew to build trust and got some amazing access. The polygraphs reveal the answers to questions people have been asking for the past year. This is a well-written, thoroughly researched look at the case America has been talking about but until now didn't have all the information to make an informed opinion. Very interesting.
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Funny to see all these extreme reviews here, one star or five stars. Surely this book has successfully stirred up people's emotions. I can even see the same person, posted two one star reviews.

It would be easy to follow the Lynch-mob mentality and rush to judgement. It is a breath of fresh air to have someone like Mr Armstrong, who has done a marvelous job investigating and laid out all the facts. Like Michael Moore, Mr Armstrong changllenges the popular notion and encourages the readers to analyze all the facts. He stays neutral and unbiased throughout the book, letting the readers making their own decision as if Drew Peterson is a wife killing monster or an innocent man. There's a lot more to this book than two lie-detector tests. The polygraphs and interviews with Drew Peterson add a lot to the story. I think everyone will want to read the time accounting from the suspect.

The way the author picks apart everyone's stories, including Peterson's, is very fair and helpful. Armstrong lets the reader be the detective. It's an easy read and I like all the charts and documents. I have not made up my mind yet as if Drew Peterson is guilty or not, but this book has enticed me to think beyond the headlines. This book is so insightful I give it a full 5-stars.
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I am neither a watcher of television nor a reader of tabloids, so it shouldn't surprise anyone that I'd never heard of Drew Peterson until a few weeks ago when a friend told me about the case. I have now given the work a close read, and in my opinion the author does an admirable job of sorting through a maze of conflicting statements and half-baked conclusions. Slowly and carefully, this work deals with the facts as they are known while at the same time giving consideration to the fervent voices of the group of individuals who've made a business of keeping the pressure on Drew Peterson. There's money in sensationalism, and my sense is that more than anything else, these people are after the cash.
Overall, I found DREW PETERSON EXPOSED to be unbiased and refreshingly honest. The careful analysis of the events leading up to the disappearance of Drew Peterson's fourth wife might be a bit slow, but succeeds in presenting both sides of the issue in a best/worst case format that leaves the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.
Is Drew Peterson guilty? My senses say yes. Police are notorious for their contempt for the law, and as a long-time police officer, Peterson's arrogance certainly fits the model nicely. Instinct, however, is not enough to indict, and I regret that he has probably already gotten away with one murder and will more than likely skate on the second one too.
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