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Schiller has a knack for distilling context and meaning from violent crime. He partnered with Norman Mailer on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Executioner's Song and was O.J. Simpson's choice of confidante for I Want to Tell You. (From there, he went on to write the definitive story of the Simpson defense, American Tragedy.) For Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, Schiller and researcher Charles Brennan conducted more than 500 interviews, examining the exculpatory evidence from every conceivable point of view to create a fascinating portrait of what happens when tragedy strikes in paradise. There are no easy answers, no simple outs; the murder of JonBenét Ramsey remains unsolved. --Patrizia DiLucchio
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town tells the story of a city at war with itself: the bitter struggle between John and Patsy Ramsey and local law enforcement; the clash between the District Attorney and the Boulder police; and the tabloid media that has taken upon itself the responsibility of issuing blame. The reader is drawn into the maelstrom of the heated arguments and rapid-fire events surrounding the investigation--the anguish, the blunders, the rivalries, the jealousies, and the peripheral victims on every side.
As he did in American Tragedy, Lawrence Schiller thoroughly re-creates every aspect of this complex case in a powerful, spellbinding story drawn from recorded interviews with investigators, prosecutors, law enforcement members and their confidants, and members of the Ramsey family themselves. He uncovers the mysteries that have bewildered the nation for more than two years. Why were the Ramseys, the target of the investigation, able to obtain knowledge of critical evidence in the case and control the direction of a police inquiry? Can the answer to the murder be found in the pen and writing pad used for the ransom note? Was it possible for an intruder to have killed JonBenét that night? And what did the Ramseys tell the police and the District Attorney in more than twenty hours of questioning?
Beyond these revelations and hundreds more, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town is a brilliant portrait of an inscrutable family thrust under the spotlight of public suspicion and an affluent, tranquil city torn apart by a crime it was not prepared to deal with. Meticulously researched and masterfully written, this is a tour de force that will be read for years to come.
His previous books, some of which were apparently assembled by a real writer, were masterpieces--but not this one.
This is a shame, because if it were not for these unprofessional individuals, maybe JonBenet would have had her justice by now.
I enjoyed the book; it's thick, and it takes a long time to read...but it's well worth the investment of time and money.
Enjoyed the level of detail. It's a very even handed account which allows latitude to arrive at your own conclusions. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
The JonBenet Ramsay murder case is truly perplexing. Not only is evidence as to perpetrator and motive extremely scarce, but the specific circumstances of its occurrence... Read morePublished 4 months ago by danielx
Very well-written and apparently well-researched. If you have an interest in true crime, try this. I have enjoyed this author's books immensely.Published 5 months ago by Avid Reader
I have never read any books about JonBenet's murder, and I remember clearly when it all happened, and like most people, watched the news regarding the details of that poor child's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A writer
Perfect Murder, Perfect Town was an exceptionally interesting read. It was very detailed and gave a complete picture from the discovery of the missing child through the police... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Avid reader
Of all the books I've read on this subject, this one was the most enlightening as far as factual events. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Whatsername
You will not find out who killed jonBenet Ramsey from this book. No one knows. But what you will find out is a lot about the evidence and investigation. Read morePublished on September 21, 2011 by Russell Andrew
I HAD SAW THE MOVIE VERSION OF THIS BOOK ON LIFETIME AND REALLY ENJOYED IT...BUT SOMETHING ABOUT HAVING TO SIT DOWN AND READ THE WHOLE BOOK WITH EVERY SINGLE DETAIL ABOUT WHAT... Read morePublished on July 11, 2011 by Dustin Johnson
I thought this book was really interesting in that it presented a lot of facts that were never reported in the media and also pointed out just how badly this case was handled by... Read morePublished on January 9, 2007 by Amazon Customer