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Sudden Terror Paperback – August 2, 2010
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Regarding Larry's use of levity occasionally in the book, cops are notorious for having dark senses of humor and will make light of things that private citizens may not necessarily think to be appropriate. This just kind of comes with the territory of dealing with the dregs of society a little too often.
I think the positive thing that this book presents is a real life look at what being a cop is like in American society. It's not at all like T.V. and the movies portray it! As you'll notice throughout the book, there's a lot of frustration that comes with the job too!
In closing, I will just say that the book is a nuts and bolts explanation of what goes on behind the scene in attempting to enforce the law and keep our communities as safe as possible.
The Golden State Killer was offending at the same time as serial killers like the Son of Sam, The Hillside Stranglers and the Westside Strangler, yet his crimes are relatively unknown to the general public. Sudden Terror finally sheds light on a method of operation that rarely varied and which was excruciatingly terrifying for his victims. The killer entered middle class homes while the victims were sound asleep, used a signature knot in tying his ligatures on both the husband and wife and placed objects on the backs of the males to immobilize them while their wives were raped. In his later crimes, the rapes were followed by vicious murder.
The book sheds light on police procedure during this time period, when jurisdictions were reluctant to share information or team together to stop this monster. A few detectives in northern California knew that the East Area Rapist would transform into a killer, but until DNA connected the crimes in 2001, the information they shared with Southern California was ignored or the linkage denied.Read more ›
"Sudden Terror" is painstakingly detailed and Crompton doesn't pull any punches when it comes to explaining the Original Night Stalker's crimes. Crompton is an expert on this case and his extensive knowledge of the crimes is obvious throughout the book.
To be completely candid though, "Sudden Terror" is a disappointing read in many ways. While Crompton comes across as an excellent detective, his writing skills leave a lot to be desired. Much of the wording in "Sudden Terror" is awkward and stilted. Moreover, major portions of the book are written in dialogue which comes across as completely contrived. A more experienced writer would have realized that affected dialogue was a poor choice for presenting the facts of the Original Night Stalker's crimes, and would have condensed the facts into a series of straightforward descriptions.
While much of the verbage in "Sudden Terror" is poor, my biggest criticism of the book is Crompton's judgment when it comes to humor. Sometimes levity can be an effective tool in a dark true crime story, but it must be utilized at appropriate times. In "Sudden Terror," Crompton will describe a home invasion rape in excrutiating detail, then have detectives (in the aforementioned contrived dialogue) making jokes about the Original Night Stalker being a gynecologist before they interview a rape victim at the hospital.Read more ›
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The author does an excellent job of describing this series of attacks. Many near misses in the effort to catch this clever, diabolical and sadistic individual. Outstanding. Read morePublished 6 months ago by chipardee
Crompton does a good job of this case review. This are hideous crimes, not TV drama. Having worked on aspects of this case in a city within Contra Costa County, there are some... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is the most comprehensive and thorough examination of the crimes of the East Area Rapist/Original Night Stalker written thus far. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Curtis Plant
What a great book. I've been fascinated by the elusive, unapprehended EAR (East Area Rapist, also known as the Original Night Stalker and Golden State Killer) since I first learned... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alphalover
One with criminally under rated case exposure, although Thomas Harris cranked out a nice token in "Red Dragon", which by accident or synchronistic probability, probably... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Kat<3
A lot of credit goes to Larry Crompton for writing such a detailed account of the ear/ons. Lets get the bad out of the way first I can't imagine how much better this book would be... Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by MT