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Heartless: The True Story of Neil Entwistle and the Cold Blooded Murder of his Wife and Child (St. Martin's True Crime Library) Mass Market Paperback – June 3, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312947763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312947767
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,681,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

A LOVING FAMILY

Neil seemed like a dream come true for Rachel: a handsome, impeccably mannered, success-oriented Englishman, the fairytale husband she had dreamed of meeting. By the time Neil and Rachel Entwistle were husband and wife, living the good life in a New England town, it was too late to guess the truth: that beneath Neil’s good looks and manners was a deceit and darkness…

 A COLD-BLOODED CRIME

On a winter day in 2006, police came to the Entwistle home and found the decomposing bodies of twenty-seven-year-old Rachel and their nine-month old daughter Lillian Rose. Rachel had been shot in the head. Lillian in the stomach. And Neil was gone. Soon, authorities would begin a desperate search that would take them across the Atlantic to find Neil…and bring him to trial.

 HEARTLESS

With 8 pages of compelling photos!

About the Author

Michele R. McPhee is the bestselling author of A Professor's Rage, A Mob Story, A Date with Death, and When Evil Rules—all available from St. Martin’s Paperbacks. The former award-winning Police Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News, she was the courts and crime reporter for the Boston Herald where she is now a columnist. Currently she is a New England correspondent for ABC News and a Fox 25 TV contributor. A Date With Death was the basis for a Lifetime TV movie that aired in January 2011. She was also story consultant for the Lifetime movie “Who Is Clark Rockefeller?” that aired in 2010.
 
McPhee’s true crime stories have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines, including Maxim, Stuff, Cosmopolitan, New York, ESPN the Magazine, Gotham, Manhattan File, and other international publications. She was the host of two Court TV Mugshot specials and her reporting is also featured in the A&E TV special Crime Ink, and the Discovery series called Rats. Her journalism has taken her to crime scenes across the country and has made her a commentator on breaking news for CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Network. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Customer Reviews

I did not buy the book to read about myriad other cases, so many I lost count.
Tom D.
There is no information in the book that could not be gleaned from an adequate newspaper account or magazine article.
Shanna McQueen
Information was extremely repetitive and/or not pertinent to what the story was supposed to be about.
N. Foust

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Shanna McQueen on June 20, 2008
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Before I begin with any specific comments, I would like to warn readers that the book concludes before Neil Entwistle is ever brought to trial. (I think there should be a law against publishing a True Crime book before the defendant is brought to trial!) Had I known this in advance, I would not have purchased the book.

In addition to this obvious deficit, there were a plethora of other disappoints regarding this book. I will be brief, but complete in the description of these problems:

1. There is scant - and I mean VERY scant - information about the killer, Neil Entwistle. All we are told about his developmental years in Great Britian is that his mother actively played with Neil and his brother in the backyard of their home. (Wow. Shocking!)

2. There is no information in the book that could not be gleaned from an adequate newspaper account or magazine article. In fact, the article written about Entwistle in "People" magazine was probably more informative.

3. Apparently, the editor at St. Martin's Paperbacks felt it sufficient to edit only the first half of the book. I counted excessive typographical errors, almost all of these in the final 100 pages. Some of these errors were so obvious as to be laughable. For example: "Investigators, were checking the mileage on the BMW to see how far the drove the at night - the last that Rachel Entwistle was heard from alive." (Huh?) Similarly, the book states, "Experts would describe Neil as a classic addict, who exhibited all the signs of a compulisve, obsessive disorder." (I believe the term is "obsessive compulsive disorder," or OCD, you idiot editor.)

4. This book has enough filler to stuff a down comforter.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ammerk on June 6, 2008
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I was very anxious to read this book. However, the author did not discuss Neil Entwistle's childhood hardly at all. The book seems to have been written off of Boston Herald newspaper articles, and it does not seem that the author took anytime to interview people directly involved with the case. I would not recommend this book. Do a google search on Neil Entwistle, and save your money.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cristina campanelli on June 13, 2008
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dont buy this book, there is nothing in it that you have not already read in the newspapers, no background on Entwistle, more info on his defence att that anyone else in the whole story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Gonsalves on July 14, 2008
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I purchased this book in the hope of gaining some factual insight into the case but I was hugely disappointed to find merely a rehash of media reports and an extremely opinionated outlook by the author, who convicts the suspect in her mind even before the trial's outcome.
Admittedly, the suspect, Neil Entwistle, was indeed found guilty of the heinous crimes of which he was accused, but no part of the trial is included in the book which in all probability went to the publisher before the trial even started.
Not worth the time to read, and certainly not worth the price.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Avid reader on July 6, 2008
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Not only was this book premature (notably, it was unable to give the reader closure as to verdict nor could it anticipate the defense's (offensive) "suicide/murder" theory, it was also chock full of errors. Entwistle has a Northern Nottinghamshire accent, yet McPhee states that he speaks Cockney (a dialect from the east end of London); a photo allegedly depicting Yvonne Entwistle looks, in fact, to be Lilly's great-grandmother and is not Yvonne; crucial times and dates throughout are incorrect. As a Brit who watched the trial live daily but was eager to gain more indepth understanding of this terrible crime, I was appalled to read this kind of "faction" purporting to be a true rendition of events. Shame on the author, shame on the publisher. I now await a well researched in-depth book exploring the mind of this killer as well as his background and that of his family. Us readers deserve true crime books to be checked and double-checked for mistakes, surely?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kay on July 19, 2008
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There are no insights in this book on how this horrible crime could have been prevented. The author inserts a lot of speculation on the mental states of both Neil and his wife that must be very painful for both sets of parents to read. From where does she get her information? Did she have a chance to interview these people to really know what was going on inside their relationship and inside the husband's head? McPhee connects dots to weave a sensationalized tale and presents this as fact.

It is outrageous that she dedicates this book to victims of domestic violence within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There is nothing to learn about domestic violence from what she has written here. She is out to sell books.

Given that this crime is so recent, the publication of McPhee's book has likely created considerable pain for both sets of parents, half of whom live in the Boston area. I wonder if she checked with the famlies before publishing this book. This book is crass, poorly researched, and not worth reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sindy Sanders on September 21, 2008
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I concur with 90% of the readers on this book. When will true crime authors realize when we buy their book, we want to read about the crime we assume we're going to read about, not about twenty other different crimes that occurred in the same State/area, just so they can pad the transcript, add pages, because they don't have enough info on the current case to write a decent book. I usually will read a book cover to cover, no matter how boring it gets, but this one went off on so many unrelated rabbit trails, I just had to skip over it. It was confusing, annoying, and uninformative, to say the least. An obvious attempt to make a quick buck with nothing of real substance to sell. (hmmmm...interesting...almost like Neil Entwistle himself). McPhee owes all buyers of this book a refund and an apology. Garage sale pile, here it comes.
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