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A Fatal Lie: A True Story Of Betrayal And Murder In The New South (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – April 4, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312970145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312970147
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #888,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For the people who think that all of the info in the book came from the killers, you are mistaken. I was there and lived through this ordeal. Most of the information came from several people with first hand knowledge, me being one of them. This book gets as close to the truth as you can get. There is no information from folks on the victim's side because they refused to talk. I do agree, however, that the book could have been written better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Simmonds on February 29, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I received this novel as a Xmas gift from a friend whose opinion on literary issues I greatly respect - he said it "blew me away." He was so right; it really is one of those books that rarely leaves your fingers once you've started. I just couldn't put it down. I was dragged through a whole range of emotions, you so feel like you're there - a part of every melee. The prose is tight and intensely compelling. The reader is nothing but absorbed and treated to a whirlwind of an adventure - which is all the more compelling due to the factual content of the story. I thoroughly recommend 'A Fatal Lie' to anybody with a life.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grace on September 8, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I only read true crime stories; I am still in the process of reading this book and have to force myself NOT to put it somewhere and go on to another one. I feel that the author did not tell the story as in the fashion of other good authors. There are incomplete sentences that make one have to reread the sentence to get the jist of that emotion. I, for one, feel that this book is not anywhere near or close to the other crime stories that I read. I would have to read another book by Miss Chew before giving a true explanation of her work. I have read the other reviews which tend to say the opposite of what I say but people are different. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone that I know.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By George on March 8, 2005
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Probably a quickie true crime book that I would have passed over if it had not been for the Richmond connection to may home state.

I think the author did some decent reporting, but she more often than not presented the story in a rather flat fashion. She missed many opportunities for emotion and facts to give us background on the women involved in the story.

Also there were some glaring typos in the edition I had that should have been caught by the editor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tattooed BabyDoll on August 18, 2005
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I read true crime books regularly. This book was interesting and although written well, needed more depth and definition as to who was who and not just she said he said. IT needed more depth because I think the writer went into detail about the actual violent acts themselves, however skimmed over other subjects in the book. I was disappointed in the way the gossip way of writing took over towards the end of the book. It was a good story but tapered off towards the end, almost as if the writer became disenchanted with this topic.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crystal J. Morton on September 4, 2000
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The book was well written and the story well told, but I feel that more time spent on the girls' personal histories is called for. While the crime itself is well chronicled, and more than enough time is devoted to the girls' life in prison, I didn't really get the feeling of actually knowing any of these girls -- least of all, the victim herself. Only a few pages were given to each character's background.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"....telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty." -- Kinks, 1966

The reviews of people who actually knew Stacey Hannah, the young woman who was killed in July of 1997 are heartrending, such as her fate and plight.

This is a truly hair-raising story of disaffected lesbian youth. A small cadre of lesbians acted with cruelty and violence towards one young woman who, according to the author "carried a torch" for the group's unofficial leader, Kelly "Turtle" Tibbs.

Turtle, an independent youth who was active in the gay community left school at age 12. By 1992, at age 13 she had had a daughter and discovered her orientation. She was openly gay and had taken on a very masculine appearance. She was involved with several young women who lived in the area.

Stacey Hannah, 18 was new in town and fell for Turtle. Turtle, from the telling apparently set her expectations only to crush her by flaunting her new relationship with a girl named Tracy in her face. A large 6-footer, Tracy was known to use muscle to get her message across.

The girls' families are given very little press, so readers are left wondering what of their input in the girls' lives. A slightly older, responsible woman named Robyn and nicknamed "Dad" was the responsible member of the cadre. She held down a job, paid the rent and kept a stable voice of reason among the group.

Sadly, Robyn and her reason were not present the night the decision to kill Stacey Hannah was made. Four women in the group, Turtle, Tracy, Dana and Domica went out on a night of what was then called "wilding" and before the night was over, brutally killed Stacey.

People who knew Stacey and her family claim that she was not gay. Stacey did have a friend named Kevin with whom she was close.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gypsychick on August 14, 2001
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Stacey Hanna was eighteen when she moved to Virginia and into the young lesbian scene. She immediately picked up the torch for Kelley "Turtle" Tibbs, infuriating Turtle's close friends and her girlfriend Tracy. One night the triangle of love and obsession explodes into what can only be described as a "wilding" - hours of abduction, indecision, torture and eventual murder of one young woman by a gang of her female peers. The confessions, the court cases, and the subsequent "where are they now" sections of the book were probably the easiest to read - by the time you got to them, you had finally figured out who all the players were and how they related. The story is more than frightening. The introduction of each character and her eventual unraveling quickly becomes intertwined with another and then another. In a short time the reader has to keep checking back to the beginning to connect who is who, in love with which girl, dated which other girl, and which ones actually were there on the night in question. The book is, in some form, and excellent character study and a detailed description how quickly young love turns to hate. I was also intrigued by the detailing of the humiliation some of the girls took from lovers and each other and yet never seriously considered leaving the relationships. I just wished it had come with a score card so I could have kept it all straight.
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