A serial killer is the most elusive prey a homicide detective ever tries to catch. Cunning and obsessed, the serial killer is a psychopath who gets better at what he does each time he kills and learns how to dominate and control not only his victims, but the police, the media, and the public. But in the city of Spokane, Washington, as many as 10 prostitutes had been murdered and dumped in public places over the course of a decade without the public, the local media, or the police force even raising an eyebrow. Then, in August of 1997, two bodies were discovered in separate locations on the same day, and finally the city--with the coaxing of detective turned radio talk-show host Mark Fuhrman--had to take notice.
Fuhrman, whose name became infamous during the trial of O.J. Simpson, is a man who cannot leave detective work behind despite having left the police force. The Spokane murders took place a mere 90 miles from his home, and soon he was a regular on a local talk show, analyzing the police task force, the evidence, and the killer, and working the case as if it were his own. Fuhrman takes the reader into the mind of a serial killer as he mulls over the meaning of the bodies found the day after Christmas, the plastic bags over the victims' heads, their missing socks and shoes. Meanwhile, the insular and tight-lipped police task force ignores important clues while more women disappear and then turn up brutally murdered. While there is no secret to how this story turns out, Fuhrman's take on the investigation is hard-hitting, and his portrayal of serial killers destroys any mystique they may have. With this third book, Fuhrman firmly establishes himself as both a sharp detective and a very capable crime writer, with the ability to shed light on the dark world of murder and the law, and a commitment to tell the truth whatever the consequences. --Lesley Reed
From Publishers Weekly
While true-crime writer and ex-cop Fuhrman (Murder in Greenwich, Murder in Brentwood) may not rank high on America's Favorite Cop lists, he has scored well on the bestseller lists with his exposs of murder investigations gone awry. His latest offers the highest body count yet. In 1997, Fuhrman, who now lives in idyllic Idaho, discovered a serial sex killer lurking in his backyard in Spokane, Wash. With local radio jock and fellow murder groupie Mike Fitzsimmons, Fuhrman insinuated himself in the investigation of one of the longest-running killing sprees in recent memory. A man was luring drug-addicted prostitutes into his vehicle for the purposes of rape, sexual torture, and, after murdering them, necrophilia. As horrific as the crimes were, the disastrously sloppy investigation by the Spokane PD Task Force, Fuhrman concludes, dawdled inexcusably for two years, during which nine more women were murdered. Fuhrman plays himself up as an all-American, animal-tendin', Grape Nuts-eatin' ex-cop with no interest in psychology, only in getting his man. "A working detective has no hope of understanding what even experts who devote their lives to the study of criminal psychology can't figure out," he notes. Richard Yates was eventually apprehended by the police and is serving a 408-year sentence. Fuhrman's account is unabashedly uninterested in exploring the darker recesses of the human psyche. It is about why a mass murderer of undesirables went unapprehended for years. As such, it is an extraordinary story, even if the author's storytelling abilities are anything but. (June)Forecast: With the help of Fuhrman's 25-city radio campaign and 15-city TV satellite tour, as well as personal appearances in New York, Portland, Seattle and Spokane, this should live up saleswise to Fuhrman's previous titles.
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