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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451695985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451695984
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"At times witty and often sarcastic, [Raffaele Sollecito] brilliantly rehashes four years of hell, dispelling many theories on what was really going on behind the scenes and shedding an interesting light on what it’s like to be a bit player in a major media show. He is candid and believable … Not only does Sollecito give a great insider’s look at the trial from his unique vantage point, he also clears up a number of mistruths that Knox’s ardent supporters pushed throughout the four-year affair….Sollecito’s book is sure to satisfy." (The Daily Beast)

About the Author

Raffaele Sollecito was born in Southern Italy. He was a computer science student at the University of Perugia when he and Amanda Knox were first accused of murder in 2007. On October 3, 2011, after four years of trials and appeals, he and Knox were cleared and released. He is now moving on with his life.

Andrew Gumbel is a Los Angeles-based journalist and author. He spent six years in Italy, including stints as a foreign correspondent for Reuters and The Independent. His books include the widely acclaimed Oklahoma City: What The Investigation Missed—And Why It Still Matters.

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Customer Reviews

Both books were easy reads.
When I saw Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito like suspect it make me think there is a mistake here.
I wish him the best and hope he gets all he wants and dreams of in life.
Amanda Tate

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175 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lovering on September 20, 2012
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Raffaele's story, as told through Andrew Gumbel's taut, forceful prose, is required reading for anyone who wants to understand the institutional and human failings that drive wrongful convictions everywhere. In their haste to solve a brutal murder, police in Perugia jumped to a rash conclusion and made a public accusation. When the truth became clear - Meredith Kercher was killed by a lone assailant because she walked in on a burglary - it was too late for the authorities to back down. With the local justice system at their back, and with the help of reporters looking for a juicy story, they perpetrated a hoax that went on for almost four years.

I supported Amanda and Raffaele throughout their ordeal, and I know the details of the case. What I didn't fully understand, until I read this book, was the pressure Raffaele faced from all quarters to distance himself from Amanda and save his own skin at her expense. I shudder to think how differently this story would have ended had he done that. But he did not. He took the high road, and he prevailed on his own terms.

I could see, when I got involved early in 2008, that Rudy Guede committed the murder and the rest of the case was bogus. But I didn't know anything about either of the innocent defendants. I didn't realize then what I do now - that I was supporting two young people of exceptional character. This book is a gripping true story of courage and integrity pitted against ruthless power. And the good guys won.
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84 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Katody on September 20, 2012
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This captivating book is a honest unflinching first hand account of a person thrown into circumstances that put him and his family to a unimaginably hard test.

Brutal murder of the beautiful British student Meredith Kercher has seen a lot of news coverage since the investigators wrapped up the case in just a few days, arresting 3 people and electrifying the public with an incredible theory of 'a sex game gone wrong'.

The lengthy trials and legal struggle culminating in acquittal of the two defendants and release from jail after 4 years attracted the media all over the world mainly because of the persona of the young American accused - Amanda Knox, and the lurid role of a cruel, sex-obsessed she-devil she was cast. Raffaele Sollecito, her co-defendant and boyfriend of just a few days at the time of their arrest, was mostly forgotten and barely mentioned. Yet he was her only alibi.

"I don't think the prosecution or police ever seriously thought of me as a murderer. They had one overriding reason to arrest me, throw me into solitary confinement, and threaten me with life imprisonment, and that was to pressure me into rolling over and testifying against Amanda. The police made that pretty clear on the night of my arrest. Stop protecting that cow, that whore, they said, or we will make your life a living hell. On this they proved true to their word." he writes.

Raffaele tells his story with sincerity and wit. He's open about his emotions both during the few days of the budding romance and the 4 years of ordeal. he's frank and self critical about his mistakes.
Raffaele's family is clearly very important in his life and the book also follows their struggles and predicaments brought by his imprisonment and their extraordinary fight for justice.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By David H. Peterzell PhD PhD on August 30, 2013
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First off, I have made a donation to the legal defense at Sollecito's website. Glad I did.

Add me to the list of people who found this to be riveting, with Sollecito's (usually invisible, thanks to many in the press) humanity shining through repeatedly along with his internally consistent narrative. Having read Amanda Knox's book (recommended), I found Honor Bound to add considerably to my image of events. It was already pretty clear to me that these two had been railroaded by corrupt and hostile prosecutors and law enforcement. I remain astonished that others see it differently, including Kercher family. Sollecito names names where Knox often did not. More importantly, he provides an insider's view of various cultures within Italy, and insights into the motives of his family, friends, and adversaries, which can explain much. Sollecito also provides insightful portraits of key personalities, including his own, as he learns but does not lose forever his creativity and expressiveness. His sensible strength of will in standing up for his innocence, as well as that of Amanda Knox, looms large. He could have easily "lost it."

Sollecito begins with a simple explanation of events, as best he understands them:
"To an outsider this must sound more like a conspiracy-laden plotline from Umberto Eco than the workings of a public prosecutor's office. I wish I were making it up. But this was the mind-set we were dealing with: a grand, baroque imagination that could never be satisfied with the banalities of a brutal, straightforward murder by a man with a clearly established criminal history.
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51 of 66 people found the following review helpful By MikeW on October 16, 2012
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Boy meets girl. Boy becomes enamored with girl. Boy and Girl spend four nightmare years in prison for a crime they didn't commit. Not your usual love story!

This is a fascinating and gripping story told by a young man who almost became an afterthought in a sensationalized murder trial. While much publicity was given to the horrible murder of Meredith Kercher, and the subsequent imprisonment and conviction of American student Amanda Knox, little was said or written about the student only known as "Amanda's Italian boyfriend."

It may be cliché to say I couldn't put this book down - but I couldn't put it down. Raffaele's openness and sincerity create a moving account of a hapless kid caught up in a situation beyond his control. Trusting and naïve beyond belief, both Raffaele and Amanda fail to realize what is happening to them until it is too late. In the end, an honest judge saves them from decades in prison. Before that happens, they undergo a nightmare journey through the byzantine labyrinth called the Italian justice system, making this a powerful and exciting read!

Raffaele is thrown into a world he is little prepared for, and tells his story with candor, clarity, and guts! One almost winces at his willingness to criticize not only Italian officials who can still do him damage, but his own family, and especially himself. Caught in a media maelstrom, his family battles to save him, and Raffaele is painfully honest about the mistakes they make along the way. Above all, he will not do the one thing that will free him from hell: Sell an innocent girl down the river. Instead, he is willing to remain locked in a cell, learning how to survive in a population of criminals.

Regardless of what you may think about the case and verdict, this is a brutally frank account of survival and ultimate justice. If you like good non-fiction adventure, you will love this!
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