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Primitives: 15 Gothic Street, Episode One [Kindle Edition]

Joe McGinniss
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine “Law & Order” set in Lake Wobegon: kidnapping, assault, armed robbery, and more, all taking place against a backdrop of small-town charm and civility. This is the world of “15 Gothic Street,” a two-part series by bestselling author Joe McGinniss (“The Selling of the President,” “Fatal Vision,” “Going to Extremes”) about crime and courtroom justice in a picture-perfect corner of New England. Unlike prime-time television, however, everything that happens at “15 Gothic Street” is all too real.

Written by a master of the true crime narrative, the series tells the story of life in and out of an American courthouse over the course of several tumultuous yet typical cases. In this absorbing first episode, McGinniss follows a lurid case of statutory rape involving the beloved director of a community theater and the young protégés he allegedly abused for years on end. Could this devoted family man really have committed such vile crimes and gotten away with it for so long? Were these young women on the witness stand telling the truth or were they, in the words of the defense attorney, merely vindictive “little actresses”? McGinniss sat in the courtroom day after day as the disturbing testimony piled up.

Unsavory as it was, this case was just one of many gritty dramas that play out daily in the Hampshire County Courthouse. This stately granite building sits at the center of beautiful Northampton, Massachusetts, home of Smith College and Calvin Coolidge and aptly nicknamed “Paradise City.” But even in paradise, there’s trouble. The worst of these troubles find their way to 15 Gothic Street, where they are laid bare every day, Monday through Friday. McGinniss’s odyssey through this land of miscreants, lawyers, judges, clerks, reporters, and opinionated locals is proof that bad behavior always thrives in the places where you least expect it.


Over the course of forty years, the late Joe McGinniss wrote dozens of magazine articles and published twelve books, eleven of them nonfiction. In every decade of his unconventional career, one of his books became a classic: “The Selling of the President,” “Going to Extremes,” “Fatal Vision,” and “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro.” He is also the author of “The Dream Team,” “Blind Faith,” “Cruel Doubt,” and “The Last Brother.”

Product Details

  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Byliner Inc. (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093QTZIK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Primitives: 15 Gothic Street, Episode One December 26, 2012
By Dagmar
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It was ok. The story line was good (true stories) and it moved pretty quickly but it was so graphic that I kind of wanted to put it down. Should come with a rating. I like the concept of taking real court stories and using them. The author is good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars i won't be reading the rest November 2, 2012
By landesa
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no substance to it and it could have been given the subject matter.carelessly written,expected more from the writer of "Fatal Vision"
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Law and Order Junkies August 31, 2012
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McGinniss at his very best! The tale instantly captures the reader with real characters and fates, in a world McGinniss knows better then any journalist--the modern courtroom. Every public defender, every district attorney and trial judge, every police officer willl love this read. Superior to any Jodi Picoult or David Guterson (Snow Falling on Cedars) courtroom story, and so true it seems nonfiction. Wait a minute, it is nonfiction! As always, McGinniss reveals the twists of personality and history in each life that have us loving and despising at the same time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Primitives January 13, 2013
By Frank
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I liked this book although I hadn't realized when I started that it would be so short. I may just stick to his lengthier books.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too much information December 26, 2012
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There was a lot of detail about the architecture of the courthouse - not needed. My biggest issue was getting too many details about a really nasty crime. It may be very realistic but more than I cared to hear about.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book December 19, 2012
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Enjoyed the 1st episode looking forward to the next one, writer does a good job of telling about the court system.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring December 16, 2012
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Honestly, couldn't get past the first 10 pages. So boring I couldn't stand it. I would think an author would make the first few pages interesting
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