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Severed Relations (True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Series: True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (July 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786005297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786005291
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,396,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John. N on March 5, 2014
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Like a lot of people out there I'm pretty entranced on my TV when Oxygen has their weekly Snapped marathon on Sundays. Quite honestly one night of the show isn't enough for me so I picked up the first DVD set (seasons one and two) to get my fix whenever I want. However, I was kind of in for a surprise when I got the DVD as the episodes from the earlier seasons - when the show was only a half hour long - are no longer in rotation when the show is aired. Odd as that is, there was one episode in season two that really captured my attention and that was the case of Yakov Gluzman.

The death Yakov Gluzman, a prominent cancer researcher, at the hands of his wife and his wife's cousin was a particularity heinous crime. Well, I guess that's somewhat as a misnomer as all murder tends to be heinous, but this is an interesting case because Rita's cousin, Vladamir Zelenin, is perhaps the most sympathetic murderer you'll ever come across. Caught red handed on Easter Sunday, Zelenin pretty much gives up and cooperates with authorities from the outset of the case. Again, I know the guy committed murder and that's inexcusable, but he's an oddly sympathetic... which is just scary. This oddity is conveyed very well in the Snapped episode and this book. However, you get a pretty good idea of who Yakov Gluzman was and that he simply died too young.

However, as you'd expect, since the Snapped episode was only a half hour instead of an hour a decent amount of details were skimmed over and the book does fill some gaps and some things that were skipped over completely. Some of them are rather surprising and even the small details are interesting. Unfortunately, as interesting as the source material is, this really isn't the easiest book to read through.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1998
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Hays covers the crime as reported by the press fairly well. He should have made more of an effort to uncover the unanswered questions. His book contains numerous ones!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Yorktown girl on January 13, 2009
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Not quite finished w/ the book, somewhat dry writing , needs more "oomph" to bring it to life, since this crime was particularly grizzly. The cast of characters, especially Rita and Zelenin weren't portrayed with enough dimension for me to have any immediate gut response or care too much about. This reader assumes they(Gluzman & Zelenin) will be convicted and thats it. I did like the opening statements of the prosecutor (the woman w/ the $30 haircut) and the description of Hochheiser(sp?) the photos were a plus .."Could have been a contender"
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 5, 1998
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Mr Hays explains and describes the brutality of the crime, the problems law officials had with circumstancial evidence and their ability to convict in spite of it . It was an interesting read with a thoroughness that belies an understanding of the problems associated with crime conviction.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Centers on May 2, 2005
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Mind Numbing. Mind Numbingly booooring. I started reading this book and was instantly comatose. I kept reading because I thought, "Surely, it has to get better, surely there has to be some plot twist." I kept waiting and waiting and waiting for it to grab my attention. For some sort of "gotcha!" that would make my catatonic state of mind worthwhile. Seriously, watching paint dry is more exciting than this book. It's written in such a dry and drab manner, you care nothing for any of the characters. I bought this at Half Price Books and I feel I over paid by at least 150%. I have seen it at garage sales and everytime I do, I think, "God that book was horrible, I really hate myself for finishing it!!" I swear I think this idiot author (and his obvious cronies who wrote the "good" reviews) shoved this out just to make a buck and could care less about his reputation. It will always make good kindling for a fire.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 1998
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A tale of inhumanity toward a good person, this book somehow keep suspense throughout while getting into the minds of the cops and DAs. Good read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D4EO@ct1.nai.net on June 4, 1998
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Severed Relations is a must for true crime fans. Hays knows how to draw the reader in. Well done, highly recommended.
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