- Mass Market Paperback: 284 pages
- Publisher: Dell; First Dell Printing edition (1978)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440113024
- ISBN-13: 978-0440113027
- Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,219,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1991
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This book also goes into a thorough background into other areas, not just regarding the story as shown in the movie, but also into the murder scene & other characters (such as the detectives, the victim's relatives' roles in the situation, and of course explaining the role of the murderer's other lovers & family) .
This is a rather sad book, but described with "sensitivity" (imho) because it tries to describe the victim's reasonings as to why she , (such a sweet teacher), went out at night and picked-up such low-life people. Also, this book describes the murderer's childhood,---something the movie did not do.
Sadly, the author of this book died at quite a young age, so she was not able to write another follow-up to this fascinating story. Too bad because this young author could have become a more noted author, had she lived longer.
Since the author was unable to interview the victim's (Roseann Quinn/Katherine Cleary) family, the young woman remains a bit of a mystery, though the clues to her personality are definitely there. Fosburgh did have full access to family and acquaintances of the killer (John Wayne Wilson/Joe Willie Simpson), so his story is naturally more fleshed-out. He certainly doesn't come off sympathetically, but the reader does gain an understanding of how/why he ended up in Tweed's bar that fateful night as well as how/why a deadly situation developed once he and the victim were alone with each other in the wee hours after several drinks.
It should come as no surprise that the victim's family chose not to become involved with this or any other book/article on the case. Not only did they lose their daughter in a grisly crime at a young age, but the intimate details of her personal life that came out afterward must've been utterly devastating.
I'd recommend this book to those interested in the facts and details of the 'Goodbar' case. It is thoughtful, very well-written and a quick read (I read it in one afternoon/evening).
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I liked the biographic style this is written in. It gave me a lot of insight into Katherine and her killer(real names were not used). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lois Kondo
Truman Capote was right. U can't put it down. Well written and very intense. Loved it! Something about this story keeps everyone interested and glued.Published 1 month ago by William Curtin
Page turner about the 1973 murder of a schoolteacher on New York City's Upper West Side by a troubled drifter. I haven't read the book or seen the film Looking for Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by RSS
What a story . I've heard of this murder before, but don't think I've ever read a book about it . What a SAD story . Read more
Well constructed look into another time and a famous crimePublished 11 months ago by Robert Bermudez
THIS BOOK IS A STORY OF URBAN NOIR AND HUBRIS IN THE MID TO LATE 1970,S IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME AND PLACE IN THE CITY OF THIS ERA; BEFORE THE AIDS PANDEMIC;HYPERGENTIRFICATION AND... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Darryl Warner
Strange but apparently accurate account of the actual circumstances. Well written.Published 16 months ago by Phoenixx
Not quite Jack Olsen but better than the mendacious Ann Rule. I read this tome stem to sternum and never detected a Clark Bar OR a Goodbar. Read morePublished 17 months ago by triple g man
After 42 years, this murder has largely become forgotten with time. Sure, there's a wiki entry and a couple of random forum threads, but mostly that's it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by J.S.