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Competent Author, Interesting Case
on August 3, 2011
There are three main reasons why I consider this to be better than the average true crime book. First, the author writes skillfully--there are no awkward passages or unnecessary padding. Second, there is a good balance between background, details of the case, and description of the trial. (Too often true crime writers linger over the gruesome aspects of the case, such as the crime scene and autopsy reports, and divulge irrelevant information about the principle characters, and either skip over the trial itself or offer pages and pages of redundant testimony). And third, the author takes a neutral attitude toward law enforcement--the investigators' mistakes aren't glossed over, but at the same time the author doesn't indulge in hagiographic treatment of the police.
This is a fairly straighforward, chronological account of an interesting case set in Alaska and the two trials that resulted.