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The Charmer: The True Story of Robert Reldan - Rapist, Murderer and Millionaire -- and the Women who Fell Victim to his Allure Paperback – April 24, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 315 pages
  • Publisher: Richard Muti; 1 edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985247878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985247874
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Charmer is Richard Muti's third book after 19 years as a successful trial proscecutor. He is a sought professor teaching writing, American government and criminal justice. He is a former Navy pilot and city mayor. Charles Buckley ultimately prosecuted Robert Reldan with a brilliant 25-year career as a prosecutor and the front row seat which produced The Charmer.

Deputy Attorney General Charles Buckley tried cases the way he lived his life--as a nose-to-the-grindstone, blue-collar-type of guy, with all the best characteristics a working class background implies. He spent 25 years as one of New Jersey's top trial prosecutors, acting as a modern-day legal Paladin--have briefcase, will travel--and crisscrossing New Jersey to try the most difficult cases. Buckley put away the boss of the Philadelphia/Atlantic City crime family, as well as the capo in charge of the Hudson County waterfront. In New Jersey's first televised trial, he convicted a judge who accepted bribes to fix sentences. Other public officials felt Buckley's brand of justice: an official taking bribes to facilitate bridge and road construction; a mayor and planning board members taking bribes from developers; and a Hudson County police chief, Passaic County detective, and two City of Paterson cops--all convicted for misconduct involving organized crime.

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I would recommend the book to any interested in true crime.
Susan Howard
The book is very well written and compelling, was difficult to put down for the night and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
David W. Rumpeltin
I'm studying criminal law and this book helped me understand how the legal system operates.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tfinns on January 18, 2012
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I have not read much true crime, and I generally keep to Michael Lewis and Mark Bowden. They have the ability to tell a story with all of depth, twists and turns that are critical to good fiction. I saw a lot of these elements in "The Charmer". Muti gives the reader a detailed account of the decades long series of trials, acquittals and appeals that occurred before Robert Reldan was finally bought to justice for the savage murder of two New Jersey women. Throughout the novel, the reader is introduced to rich and colorful characters, conflicts and a plot that will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. You already know the ending, but it's quite a ride getting to the final destination! Plus the reader is given an in-depth lesson into the workings of the criminal justice system. The Reldan case proves that the wheels of justice can turn slowly, backwards and without any rhyme or reason. "The Charmer" is much more than a crime novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NJ Resident on January 23, 2012
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"The Charmer" is a well written book and a compelling story.
Years ago I read the first book written by Mr. Richard Muti "Passion, Politics and Patriotism in Small Town America". In that book he claimed that he gave up a high paid lucrative career for that of a lower paid prosecutor. His aspiration was to get violent criminals and mobsters behind bars. "The Charmer" is proof how the sacrifice made by Mr. Muti and his boss Mr. Buckley paid off in keeping the people of New Jersey safe.
After downloading the book, I sat down intending to read for couple of hours. Instead I ended up reading the book non-stop. That is how compelling "The Charmer" is.
As a resident of NJ, I do recall reading news about this handsome, notorious criminal. But this book took me watching the crime unfold into the scenarios as if I was right there at the scene.
I have no doubt this will be a NY Times best seller and that there will be a movie made based on this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Angelo on August 2, 2012
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"The Charmer" co-authored by former Ramsey, NJ mayor Richard Muti and former prosecutor Charles Buckley is a true life crime story centered mostly in Bergen County, NJ that began in the early 1960's through the 1970's with various trials, both criminal and civil that ended as recently as 2010.

The Charmer, with its detail. will take you from your living room couch to the scene of the crimes. It will take you to the Bergen County courthouse, to several jails, to a home in Haworth, to County Road in Tenafly, to the front seat of a frightened woman's car as she enters her garage just trying to go home at the end of a long day and, it will make you sense that you are watching the events unfold before your eyes.

For those of you who grew up in and around Bergen County, NJ, the Charmer will take place in neighborhoods you've been to or may even currently reside in and many of the players you will
read about are names you may recognize.

Additionally, The Charmer's insight will help you understand the complex dealings and procedures of the courts and prosecutors as well as the politics that sometimes become entangled in criminal proceedings. The authors added footnotes every few pages to assist the reader in gaining a better understanding of rules of law and other facts stated in the book.

And best of all, just when you think you know how a chapter will conclude, a twist is waiting for you at every turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2013
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I purchased this book because I remember this happening and went to school with a brother of one of the victims, and the sister of a young girl who was thought to also have been killed by this man. I had hoped that this book would explain why he was never charged with the other killings he was suspected of. It never even mentioned them. While it told the behind the scenes story of what he was charged with...it was dry reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Howard on December 3, 2012
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I live in the area where the murders took place and remember the events well. It was a well written and interesting read. I would recommend the book to any interested in true crime.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Rumpeltin on January 19, 2012
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When I heard Mr. Muti had written a new book, I excitedly waited for it to become available and the day it did I downloaded it. I was not disappointed. The Charmer is an excellent saga of one of this area's most prolific and yet possibly least known career criminals. The book is very well written and compelling, was difficult to put down for the night and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend it without reservation. Well done Richard!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JJN BOE on January 15, 2012
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Gripping tale, well told. Keen insight into the court & penal system and how it can be compromised by a felon with a compelling personality - until justice is finally done. The clarity of the prose coupled with the author's expertise on the subject creates an effective piece of work. Even though I knew the "charmer's" fate there were times when I thought he might actually be vindicated - that's great writing!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Biggie on January 3, 2012
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After reading Mr Muti's first attempt at story telling, I was skeptical about this book. imagine my surprise at the stunning prose and gripping story he tells, proof once again that the truth is often more bizarre than fiction. From the beginning chapters, which he writes like collected police reports, to the detailed court room proceedings, Muti kept me wanting more. at times I thought he was giving the story away only to stun me with further twists. it is a scary story about crime and the short comings of the justice system that ultimately shows that it actually works. I can honestly say I am now looking forward to Muti's next book.
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