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Amy: My Search for Her Killer: Secrets and Suspects in the Unsolved Murder of Amy Mihaljevic Paperback – June 20, 2013
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Reads more like a screenplay than your typical tell all crime story. It is compelling, riveting and hard to set down. The characters are flushed out and frighteningly honest . . . A well written, passionate narrative that has a place on your shelf, but more importantly a place in your thoughts. Sadly, it is necessary to remind ourselves bad people live around us, watch our children and are dangerous. Renner brings that to light all too well. (Michael Dakota Cuyahoga Falls News Press 2006-12-17)
Reads like a who-done-it, with lively and fast-paced narrative. (Laura Kennelly Morning Journal 2006-12-17)
Poignant and wonderfully well-written. (Richard North Patterson, author of Silent Witness 2007-01-25)
About the Author
James Renner is a novelist, freelance journalist, and blogger. In his spare time, he hunts serial killers. His true crime stories have been published in the Best American Crime Reporting and Best Creative Nonfiction anthologies. His film adaptation of a Stephen King story was an official selection at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival. A graduate of Kent State University, Renner lives in Akron, Ohio.
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The story is well written, but I would get tired following James Renner through all his winding roads finding the killer who was never brought to justice. This is a story of persons of interest who were connected to this little child's life. A good summer story if you have the patience to look behind every nook and cranny in the neighbor hood where Amy was taken.
It's a short easy read that everyone who appreciates true-crime should read.
I too have hope that one day her killer will be unmasked and brought to justice.
I had never heard of the case before myself, having grown up in downstate Illinois, nor had my husband who grew up in Chicago. We were both impressed with the amount of legwork the author put into his research, some of it trying to interview individuals who were pretty scarey people.
I do wonder why the author made no mention of reporting to the local police what he saw looking into the window of an empty building having some connection to the case, located near where the poor little girl was taken. I don't want to get into specific details, but certainly what he saw was worth a police search, at least. This incident was reported right at the end of the book with no follow-up.
Initially I rather suspected that the author's emotional involvement with the case would "cheapen" the story, but he handled it well and honestly, and it ended up being a positive addition.
As with the other reviewers, and the author himself, I fervently hope that the case can somehow still be solved as the disappearance of Etan Patz may have been just recently. How can people do this to little children?