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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Common Courage Press; First Printing edition (October 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567512283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567512281
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,391,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book we've been waiting for. Lindorff brilliantly manages the hardest play of all. Commendable for its allegiance to truth. -- Counterpunch February 16-28 2003

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Award-winning investigative reporter and Fulbright Scholar Dave Lindorff has been working as a journalist for 30 years. He ran the Daily News bureau, covering Los Angeles County government, spent several years as a correspondent in Hong Kong and China for Businessweek, and has written for such publications as Rolling Stone, The Nation, In These Times, Mother Jones, Village Voice, Salon, the London Observer and the Australian National Times. He lives in Philadelphia.

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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Beyond the protests and the politics, the celebrity involvement and the media hype, what do you know about the death row case of Mumia Abu-Jamal? Most of us would answer, "Very little." In Killng Time, Dave Lindorff compiles existing information from court records, police and media reports, as well as conducting new interviews in the hope of finally making sense of this confusing case. He thoroughly analyzes all the pieces, including the questionable motives of many key players, in an attempt to find the truth and expose the numerous inconsistencies. He makes no assertions regarding Mumia's innocence or guilt but makes a strong case for police corruption and judicial irregularities that have kept Mumia on death row for 20 years without yet having the benefit of a fair trial.
This objective, investigative reporter questions the police, the judge, the prosecution, the defense, as well as the defendant and his supporters. Lindorff works hard to maintain objectivity in the face of overwhelming evidence of mistakes, poor legal strategy, lies and deals. Killing Time gives us raw facts along with thoughtful analysis, including that which has been suppressed, ignored or misinterpreted. I am grateful for finally getting the facts behind this case.
Killing Time is interesting and well written. One's views of our justice system will be challenged. After Chapter 2, I had read enough to realize that justice was not served. Lindorff continues with startling revelations and clear insight for the next 10 chapters. It is fascinating, yet also disturbing, when one realizes that a man's life is in the balance in this case.
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if you are from Philly or have lived in the Area you should read this book. it gives the behind the scenes story of a famous trial and infamous perpetrator
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Let me begin by saying the good things about this book: Having read "Executing Justice" and "The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal," "Killing Time" is definitely the most thoroughly researched and least biased of the three. It is jam-packed with details. The tone throughout is one of skepticism, and I trusted the author to be a genuine investigator rather than anybody with an agenda.

Lindorff's writing style is where the book goes wrong. The book is 345 pages but only has 12 chapters. While that is not necessarily a defect, I can attest to the fact that the chapters were meandering and poorly individuated. Simple subchapter headings could have gone a long way in order to steer the reader toward what Lindorff was doing at a given time. Without those headings, and with long chapters whose titles didn't make clear what the content was going to be, I lost interest frequently. Lindorff's tone is often pedantic and aimless. He's great at the sentence-level. His paragraphs are passable, but sometimes they suffer from a lack of individuation. The paragraph-to-paragraph flow is where it all breaks down. Sometimes the book was repetitive, leaving me to believe that Lindorff did not sufficiently outline the contents before doing the writing. While reminders of previously-mentioned material can help a reader, the extended repetition of facts just came off as sloppy. For these structural reasons, the book loses a star.

Buy this book if you, like me, wanted as many facts as you could get regarding Abu-Jamal's trial. If you want a more concise account, stick with "Executing Justice" or "The Framing of Mumia Abu-Jamal."
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "susannadodgson" on December 12, 2002
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I have heard Mr Lindorff talk about the good and bad sides of American justice on CNN and network television and was astonished at his reporting that the US Government Terrorism hotline is answered by staff at the television show "America's Most Wanted". In "Killing Time" Mr Lindorff has sensitively balanced the needs for fairness and closure in the tragedy of the murder of a young policeman followed by the assignment to death row of one of Philadelphia's most promising broadcast journalists.
Susanna J Dodgson, PhD, Publisher, Emerald Pademelon Press.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 2002
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Investigative reporter Dave Lindorff has earned a reputation as an independent thinker and thorough researcher. This book is a testament to those skills, and anyone who has followed this long running case should read Lindorff's book. It busts through conventional wisdom and corporate media spin to find the truth about what has always been a controversial case whose story has been told most often through the eyes of political and personal views, rather than through the hard facts alone. Buy it, read it, learn from it.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 2003
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Beyond the protests and the politics, the celebrity involvement and the media hype, what do you know about the death row case of Mumia Abu-Jamal? Most of us would answer, "Very little." In Killng Time, Dave Lindorff compiles existing information from court records, police and media reports, as well as conducting new interviews in the hope of finally making sense of this confusing case. He thoroughly analyzes all the pieces, including the questionable motives of many key players, in an attempt to find the truth and expose the numerous inconsistencies. He makes no assertions regarding Mumia's innocence or guilt but makes a strong case for police corruption and judicial irregularities that have kept Mumia on death row for 20 years without yet having the benefit of a fair trial.
This objective, investigative reporter questions the police, the judge, the prosecution, the defense, as well as the defendant and his supporters. Lindorff works hard to maintain objectivity in the face of overwhelming evidence of mistakes, poor legal strategy, lies and deals. Killing Time gives us raw facts along with thoughtful analysis, including that which has been suppressed, ignored or misinterpreted. I am grateful for finally getting the facts behind this case.
Killing Time is interesting and well written. One's views of our justice system will be challenged. After Chapter 2, I had read enough to realize that justice was not served. Lindorff continues with startling revelations and clear insight for the next 10 chapters. It is fascinating, yet also disturbing, when one realizes that a man's life is in the balance in this case.
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