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The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
The Last Victim: A True-Life Journey into the Mind of the Serial Killer
by Jeffrey A. Kottler
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $16.00
44 used & new from $3.91

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2.0 out of 5 stars A quick and unimpressive piece of psychological crimewriting, February 28, 2005
The Last Victim is a book I found in a used book bin somewhere in rural wisconsin. In actuality, it probably deserved the locale (while I'd like to think that I didn't). I'll admit, it was interesting finding out how serial killers can be persued on a personal/intimate level, but I couldn't get past the awful writing style. It was like fourth grader meets awkwardly and conventionally intelligent Vegas Collegiate (which Moss, the author, is- and now practices Crimial Law, liscenced in the State of Los Vegas). So, if you want to read really good true crime writing, read Vincent Bugliosi or Robert Graysmith. Both, like Moss, come from non-creative writing backgrounds, but do it worlds better than Moss (who wrote "The Last Victim"- what? When he was 22? ). Sometimes, crime writing benefits from a rough-hewn style, but this book was more like a "My Summer Vacation" essay that found a melodramatic (albeit disturbing) end. Read it if you buy it used (I think it's going for .70 cents?), but it isn't worth much more.
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