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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; 1 Original edition (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786024119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786024117
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Well written , informative.
Ltak46
It's as if the author compiled as many newspaper and magazine clippings as he could, and then made a book out of them.
HCurtis
Very good read, I couldn't put the book down.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sylviastel VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Phil and Nancy Garrido are in prison probably for the rest of their lives. In 2009, Jaycee Dugard was found alive with her two daughters, the product of rape by Phil Garrido, living in a backyard compound in Antioch, California. If Jaycee hadn't finally revealed her real name, she and her girls would still be there living under the radar. Instead, two women at University of California at the Berkeley campus made attempts to search for the truth.

This book is not just about Jaycee's kidnapping. Her book is her story and hers alone. I have read that book as well. This book is written by a true crime veteran writer who has other books to his credit. Unlike Jaycee's book, this book goes into detail regarding Garrido's life into more detail for those who need to know about the case overall.

This book also goes into the Phil's abduction and rape of Katie Callaway in the 1970s for which he served only 11 years of a 50 year sentence. His release into the parole and probation system is complicated by the rules, jurisdictions, and his own manipulation of the system itself.

This author examines why Jaycee was kidnapped in the first place when Garrido was released years before his expected due date unbeknownst to his first victim, Katie Callaway. The author explains in detail about the case and the trial. Sadly justice was not served then and there. If Garrido had remained in Leavenworth, he would have never been able to kidnap Dugard in the first place.

The author reminds us of the several warning signs that went unnoticed by parole and probation officers and neighbors as well. The author also has given attention to false tabloid reports about the case. Robert Scott does a good service in explaining how this all could have happened to Dugard.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By HCurtis on September 27, 2011
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It's as if the author compiled as many newspaper and magazine clippings as he could, and then made a book out of them. I was interested in learning about Jaycee and her ordeal, and how it could possibly have continued for 18 years with no one knowing, not warmed-over facts and figures about the cretin that kidnapped her. Only in the last few pages was it compelling, and that's because the interview was in Jaycee's own words (and the interview was not even with the author).

Boring and disappointing.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By lrfoto on October 14, 2011
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This book has very little to do with Jaycee Lee Dugard. It is really the story of Phillip Craig Garrido's life. It is a shame that the author didn't title this correctly and that he actually put a photo of Jaycee on the cover of his book, shame on you.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anne Stenehjem on September 25, 2011
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I accidentally bought this book instead of the one written by Jaycee. This book should have been titled "The Life and Times of Phillip Garrido". In depth writings of Garrido, his wife, his drug and sexual addictions and the mental illness which ultimately led to his arrest. It includes how the system let Jaycee and her family down, the police work, news media, searching of the backyard for other kidnapped victims, etc., etc., and BORING!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 11, 2011
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This book is supposedly about the abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard and her freedom after 18 years.

Incredibly, the author discusses everything but the crime. A prior crime is examined in great detail. Not this one. How did her kidnappers escape the police dragnet which began quickly since her stepfather witnessed her being snatched? What was life like during her 18 years as a captive?

The only things we learn are occasional hints while the author writes about something else.

I would have thought half the book would have gone into detail about those years. It's not there.

Apparently she was held at least part of the time in what he refers to as a backyard "secret" compound. Yet he records neighbors' reactions on looking over the fence. He never explains the discrepancy.

Smaller quibbles: On page 148, he misstates the M'Naghten Rules for insanity. Elsewhere he twice uses "indicted" when he meant "indicated."

The defendants pleaded guilty in June 2011. The book came out 3 months later and it feels like a disjointed rush job.

Read the Wikipedia article if you want to know about the case (which doesn't cite this book).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam on March 30, 2013
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This book had a lot more info about this case then in the previous book and the book written by Jaycee herself. This author does repeat himself often which got annoying while reading. I did learn more in this book then in anything else I have read regarding Jaycee...I do hope she is doing better as time has gone by. I also hope Jaycee' s Mom has been able to move on and I hope they can find a way to enjoy the rest of their lives together. I will continue to pray for this family and their recovery long road. PHIL & Nancy should rot in prison and die there in a lonely cell..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frances Bathory on December 20, 2013
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This books tells about the case but does not discuss the abuse the child endured. It is a fascinating read, and very respectful of the privacy of the victim
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Micki Poling on January 12, 2014
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This book is told from the perspective of the kidnapper. Very interesting and informative, hard to put down. If you are into true accounts, this book will intrique the reader.
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