The young man, his manner so well described by French, asked me if his girlfriend, Karen Gregory, who he introduced to me, could sit in on my class so that she would know more about him and his major, criminal justice. I still have a vivid visual memory of them and where they sat-- "in the back" so they would not be intrusive, he said. Much later, her brutal rape and murder shocked me when I read about it in the first series in the St. Petersburg Times. It took place near where I had lived, too. And then, later, French did a 7 part series, which this book is based on, that captured not only the crime, but the slow and improbable way the case wound through the criminal justice system, so filled with human error and with human caring. Her artist friend's portrait of her in the first installment of that series was extraordinary. There are pictures in the book, but not of her. Since its publication, whenever I have taught the introductory criminal justice course at the University of South Florida and elsewhere, I have required my students to read the book and to write a critique of the system based on it. What do they think should have been done differently? What was done right? The students get caught up in the book, much as have the other reviewers on this page. And I recommend this book, as I know they would. But it is special to me, it haunts me as does my memory of Karen and her boyfriend, a decent guy who now has a Ph.D. in social work. French has now won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of another St. Petersburg murder tragedy; and his latest book might help you understand something of how the school boy murders at Colombine happened, though it is not about them. But read Unanswered Cries, it is real and it is revealing.