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This is a capable, if sometimes breathless, reconstruction of the rampage of Robert Hansen, the "most prolific serial rapist and murderer in Alaska's history," who killed more than 20 women in the 12 years before his conviction in 1984. Freelance journalist DuClos has recreated some scenes and dialogue, but has dug enough to find victims who escaped Hansen, to show how police and judges blundered in being lenient with Hansen (such as by not ensuring that he would receive psychotherapy and lithium treatment) and to describe Anchorage's tawdry tenderloin district, where Hansen stalked nude dancers. A native of Hansen's hometown, Pocahontas, Iowa, DuClos describes young Hansen as a stuttering loner with acute feelings of inadequacy--elements common to serial killers, according to FBI research cited here. Convicted of assault with a deadly weapon in 1972, Hansen was quickly furloughed, and while he held down a respectable job as a baker and won trophies for his hunting, he resumed his killing spree. He would kidnap women, take them to the wilderness (often in his plane), sometimes rape them, and stab or shoot them. After a victim who escaped Hansen identified him, police confronted him and he confessed, leading troopers on a macabre tour to identify wilderness gravesites. Hansen is now serving a life sentence in an Alaska prison.
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"... an impressive piece of research and reporting."__Anchorage Daily News

 "... a gripping narrative."__We Alaskans Magazine
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491227354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491227350
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,818,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good, yet older, book on Robert Hansen, Alaska's human hunting killer, who murdered over 20 women in the tundra from the 70's to 80's. The book is fairly well written & keeps your intrest, while at the same time remaining "human" to Hansen's victims (most of whom were prostitutes or strippers or both). As for "gory details", there isn't much, though i was disturbed at several of the killing descriptions. Overall a good true crime book on a bizzare serial killer, must have for criminology/killer/crime buffs.
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The content of the book was pretty good. Sometimes choppy but overall a good read.
The format was simply awful... words run together, random hyphens, symbols inserted in the middle of words. Some sentences were cut off...I swear something was missing several times.
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The book is written very well but my problem with it is how badly it has been converted to Kindle. Buy the paperback instead.
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Fair Game is a very good book, and hard to put down! Fair Game is a well written true crime story and now includes an updated afterword, written in 2013. I had never heard of Robert Hansen until I watched the mover Frozen Ground (Nicholas Cage / John Cusack). After watching the movie I was interested enough to buy the book and as usual, the book is better than the movie! It is hard to believe that this could have happened with so little national attention or notoriety. If you like true crime stories you'll really like this book!
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This is a well-organized and well-researched account of the serial killer Robert Hansen. Definitely a page-turner. It doesn't just turn the court transcripts into a book but give lots of background on Hansen and his victims. If you like true crime I definitely recommend this one.
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A good read but terrible editing. The writer stuck to facts . Honestly points out holes in our judicial systems failure in communication down through the to those who actually protect your streets. This might have been prevented if only someone had imposed the decision of the courts
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For the most part, this was an interesting story and an impressive job of research. The author takes a difficult subject and turns it into an easy-to-follow and absorbing narrative. Unfortunately, my general impression of the book is more negative than positive. This Kindle version is an obvious scan and is riddled with typos, misspelled words, incorrect punctuation and bizarre errors such as: "111 kill you!" and "when you were in high f? Chool" (actual dialogue). I'm glad I used the Kindle Unlimited option to read this book. If I had paid for it, I would be angry at the lousy quality of it.

I also found the author's writing style annoying at times. When he's caught up in the facts of the story, he does well. But when he's trying to heighten the tension, he relies on exclamation points and florid prose to the detriment of the story. The seriousness of the subject and the excitability of the writing don't mix: "...assault with a deadly weapon! A pattern consistent with Cindy Paulson's story! And an unusual twist...!"

The strange and rambling Afterword is sort of the icing on the how-not-to-self-publish cake. It's a stream-of-consciousness stroll through various topics such as the state of Iowa film production, the similarities between corporations and serial killers (wonder what he thinks Amazon is?), and the author's interpretation of various movies (his film knowledge might have been more impressive if he hadn't listed the director of "Citizen Kane" as Orson Well). But mostly the Afterword seems to be motivated by pique that while "Fair Game" was originally optioned for a film, Hollywood went another way for the Nicholas Cage movie. It all felt a bit self-indulgent.

Overall, I'm sorry not to have a better opinion of this book. I don't read that much nonfiction, and this author managed to hold my attention throughout a painful and compelling story. But in the end, the bad outweighed the good for me.
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We live in Anchorage, and are very aware of this story. We had recently watched the movie, "On Frozen Ground," about this same story, which we liked a lot, and my husband decided to read the story again.....a regular page turner it is.
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