DARK DEEDS: Serial Killers, stalkers and domestic homicides, Volume 2 Kindle Edition
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Fans of true crime will be drawn to the twisted characters, crisp writing and page-turning pace of this book. You may only have intended to read a few pages. But be warned - once you start reading, you may not be able to stop until you've finished the entire book.
This ghoulish gallery includes child killer Dean Corll and the Norman Bates-like John Bender, as well as the Angel of Death, Kristen Gilbert, and trick treater Charles Albright. The author also introduces us to the world of stalkers, represented by Robert Hoskins, Edward Taylor and Thomas Kyros. Wife killers such as Fred Neulander and James Magee are also portrayed, as are mass murderers such as Mark Barton, Scott Dekraai and Amy Bishop. Though none of these names ring funeral bells the way Manson, Dahmer and Bundy do, they serve the purpose in reminding us that sociopaths are tragedies waiting to happen. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and bringing the social reject into the fold may defuse lots of situations where the ultimate victim is society at large.
For crime fans and psychology buffs alike, Dark Deeds (Vol.2) by Susan Fleet is a worthy addition to any serious collection.
The tone Fleet takes in her stories is that of the cold case investigator or the court reporter following a case. Details are laid out in comprehensible fashion that gives us the whole story as it was unearthed by the actual investigators of the crimes. At the same time, Fleet provides speculation and insight into how the cases developed, what may have contributed to why the crimes were committed, and a certain amount of insight into the shadowed lives the perpetrators and victims lived.
She follows a discernible pattern in her story-telling, and it works.
First, there is a hook, a short introduction to the crime, the criminal, and the victim - written almost as fiction. Then she drops back to tell the facts in near chronological fashion, then comes the analysis of the whole event. This makes for a satisfying, almost holistic approach that really works for this genre.
As I said, I didn’t expect to enjoy this collection of Dark Deeds, but Fleet is expert at conveying her tales, and when I want more of this sort of thing, I will seek out her next volume.
I received a free ebook of DARK DEEDS: Volume Two free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
This is a true crime collection of 13 short stories. Each story is thoroughly researched and carefully laid out.
I like the fact that the author has obviously spent a great deal of time ensuring that the facts of each case are carefully laid out and that there was an update at the end of each story as to where the criminal is now. However, in Chapter Twelve, when referring to the case of Scott Dekraai, it states that his trial was set for March 24, 2014. Since that date passed many months ago, I would be interested in knowing what the outcome of the trial was. Since this is an ebook, it should be relatively easy to update that chapter.
The one thing that I found distracting was the headers above sections of the stories. I do not think these headers are necessary. In fact, they cause a break in the flow of the story.
My overall response to this collection of true-crime stories is positive.
The author has meticulously researched each and every case and has presented all the main facts in each case.
Readers of true-crime fiction should enjoy these quick and easy-to-read stories.
Readers can visit the author's blog at: http://darkdeeds.susanfleet.com/blog_1.php
I rate this book as 4 out of 5 stars.
You can view this review and many others on my blog at http://amiesbookreviews.wordpress.com
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