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Seven Days of Rage: The Deadly Crime Spree of the Craigslist Killer
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 18, 2009
Seven Days of Rage is a very quick read. Basically it is about a very bright "kid next door" who has some serious issues. As the Craiglist Killer's background is explored, you the reader might not look at anyone the same. The author does an outstanding job of thoroughly explaining how evidence is compiled -- which by far is the most interesting part to the book. In all honesty, the story seemed to drag out of bit but it is worthy of 4 Stars.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2009
Fun and mildly interesting account of the "Craig's List Killer" in Boston with a few photos.

This book as clearly kocked off in a few days to get it our there while the story was hot.

You will probably get pretty much the same information (and up-to-date) from the Internet if this case still interests you.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on February 13, 2010
I can't believe I wasted my money on this book, should have been an article not a book, boring and should not be listed under true crime books. I will not buy from this author again, he wanted to make a quick buck and he did and called it a "book". The kindle edition is scrambled somewhat too. Save your money folks.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2009
GREAT Book!! Seven Days of Rage is as satisfying as watching a 48 Hours Murder Mystery--with more juicy details! This smartly written story goes behind the scenes of an unbelievable crime committed by an unlikely criminal. Fast-paced action highlights his trail and the clues he leaves behind. This perfect guy, described as the son everyone would like to have, is so blatant in his prurient behavior--it's creepily fascinating how he set up these exotic rendezvous in order to steal money (along with prize [...]). With his arrogance, I know Philip Markoff is going to read this book, too--and I would love to see his review!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Virtually everyone familiar with the accusations against Philip Markoff wonders why a Boston University medical student engaged to a beautiful, loving woman would engage in risky, subcultural, and criminal behaviors that imply profound hostility toward women. Like Neil Entwistle, the Brit convicted of fatally shooting his American wife and baby daughter (see Neil Entwistle's Day In Court), this defendant, reportedly indifferent to his fiancee's charms, surfed websites offering "adult companionship." Like Thomas E. Toolan III, a New York investment banker convicted of mortally wounding his artistic fiancee with multiple stabs from a four-inch knife (see The Trial Of Thomas E. Toolan III), Markoff is said to have a background that includes at least one reported incident of physically restraining a female friend. Like Raymond Clark, the Yale University laboratory cleaner of mouse cages who was recently arrested and charged with the murder by asphyxiation of graduate student Annie Le, was Markoff thought to be a "control freak"? Did all four have negative feelings toward a strong-willed mother, feelings that generated contempt toward women in general? Were their upbringings devoid of moral and/or religious constraints? Seven Days of Rage does not attempt to answer these questions, but the work does offer a suggestion that perhaps Markoff was being blackmailed by someone who observed him entering a gay bar. The authors report that the prosecution believes it has enough evidence to convict Markoff without proving a motive, so these troubling questions may never be answered.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2009
Philip Markoff, a recent Boston University graduate, trolled Craigslist and numerous other adult sites looking for sexual thrills.

But apparently he was looking for something more than sex.

The women he chose had placed ads in the (former) Erotic Services category on Craigslist.

Two would live to tell about their encounter with The Craigslist Killer, but 25-year-old masseuse Julissa Brisman would not.

How would investigators catch this killer on crime spree?

It's much more simple than you might imagine.

Seven days of Rage is a book written shortly after the capture of Philip Markoff and long before his trial will begin; something typically of which I am not fan.

However, having immensly enjoyed the previous writings of Paul LaRosa, I eagerly gave this one a try too.

Much to my own surprise I found Seven Days of Rage to be an awesome read, even without trial information.

In his typical easy-flowing style, LaRosa details the crimes of The Craigslist Killer with facts that keep a reader engrossed in the story, anticipating the next chapter.

Combine those intruging aspects with the talents of Boston Globe reporter Maria Cramer, and you've got an explosive true crime book that's sure to be a bestseller.

It's as simple as this: Seven Days of Rage was so interesting, that I read all 212 pages in less than 24 hours!

I think it goes without saying that I strongly recommend this fantastic new release from the 48 Hours Mystery series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This book chroncicles the Craigslist Killer's short-lived spree in the Boston area during seven days in 2008. I liked it because it stuck to the facts and presented the case in a factual, chronological manner without going into sensationalistic rants about the killer's upbringing and family dynamic.
I read another book on the same case by Michele McFee and found it distracting and irrelevant by comparison as it tended to imbue the case with unnecessary and baseless so-called personal information that was used to spice up an already seemingly improbable yet true story. This book does a much better job with factual information, investigative techniques, and the ultimate arrest of Phillip Markoff. What this book does not do is wrap up the case. The book ends with Markoff's arrest and incarceration and additional information that came forth regarding Markoff's internet activities after his arrest. It was published before Markoff's suicide which occurred prior to his trial. While it would have probably been nice to have a sense of finality regarding this case, I'm not sure if that would have been possible in any event. I liked this book and thought the author did a good job of diseccting the case.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2009
the book was a fast read with very few details more than the local news. i could tell it was a rush job but it still was entertaining. don't look for any depth.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2009
Since this case had not yet gone to trial I was not expecting a resolution. It is an exploration of the person/ personality of the accused and those close to him. With strong evidence backing up the accusation it seems a foregone conclusion he will either be convicted or plea bargain. It will be an interesting case to follow. A quick read and I found that the book answered many questions I had not found elsewhere about the crimes involved in this case.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2010
There really wasn't much more in this book than what was on the news; I was hoping to read more in-depth about his relationships with his fiance, mother, any other significant females in his life, etc. This was just the facts and nothing but the facts.
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