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Blood Games (Signet) Mass Market Paperback – April 7, 1992
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Bledose is objective about all the participants, including the victims. McGinnis tries to portray the son as a victim of drug abuse and wants you to feel sympathetic towards him. So many things do not add up, yet Mcginnis tries to pigeon hole it all away with statements like "...that's just the way she is" or "...the drugs clouded his vision he didn't know what he was saying or doing during that time frame" (paraphrased from Cruel Doubt).
While reading this book I noticed a number of things that lead me to believe that the entire truth was not brought out at trial. In some instances there were major discrepancies in the testimonies of Neal Henderson and Chris Pritchard. Things just did not add up. I wonder about the overzealousness of the police to capture someone because they happened to have a previous infraction. I wonder about the jury who convicted based solely on the two statements with major inconsistencies made by confessed killers.
This is a very interesting book, that gives you things to think about.
Jerry Bledsoe is spellbindingly brilliant once again. A must have for your true crime library.
Through the literary trick of imagery, Bledsoe makes the reader see the crime occur and understand the feelings of the defendants and their family members. Bledsoe gets to the very heart of the American family and how even the best and most doting parents can have children who become criminals. Of course, no parent is perfect, as Neal's and Bart's were not, but these young men had the background that many people have who later become doctors, lawyers and successful businessmen. If only these men hadn't chosen drugs, they could be among the successful. They had so much promise. Bledsoe brings home, through interviews with these teens and their parents, the reality of evil, as it can strike anyone, and how one rash decision has such dire, final consequences.
Also worth mention was the care and concern of the teacher who discovered Neal's genius and Bart's exceptional talents. Even to the end, he was defending them, making it clear he didn't agree with and couldn't condone their actions. A truly caring person this teacher must be!
As a true crime author myself, I can only say I hope I can someday climb into the caliber of Mr. Bledsoe, and I thank him for a terrific edition to America's true crime genre!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bledsoe is an amazingly good author! Great attention to detail and background. The reader is led on an easy to follow yet suspenseful ride. Looking for more of his books!Published 12 months ago by Karla Williamson
This book was so insanely dull, I could not recommend it to anyone. It could have easily been edited down to a four page short story.Published 15 months ago by Valerie Hughes
Excellent book could not put down will probably read all over again!Published 17 months ago by Carol Kress
Love this author's books and his writing but "Blood games" was not one of my favorites. I felt like it was overkill with what seemed like back story on every single... Read morePublished 17 months ago by jessica brown