- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Gallery Books (April 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1451696396
- ISBN-13: 978-1451696394
- Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 262 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Honor Bound: My Journey to Hell and Back with Amanda Knox Paperback – April 23, 2013
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“Raffaele Sollecito is in a position to give an entirely new and shocking perspective on the truth of this case, which most likely none of the other players in this terrible and scandalous story know. One thing is certain: Raffaele Sollecito never bargained for his freedom; he took it back by himself.” (Mario Spezi, co-author of the true-crime bestseller The Monster of Florence)
“In the FBI, we had a dark joke that we could convict anyone; the innocent just took a little more time. The line was used as a warning to any agent over-zealous for a conviction—if only the prosecutors in Perugia had shared such reverence for their institutional power. Honor Bound is not only an exquisitely crafted chronicle of how Raffaele and Amanda—two of the nicest, most honorable, intelligent students imaginable—came to be falsely accused and convicted of Meredith Kercher's murder. It also lays bare, in stark and vivid terms, the human cost of their nightmare.” (Steve Moore, Former FBI agent and author of Special Agent Man)
"Not only does Sollecito give a great insider’s look at the trial from his unique vantage point, he also clears up a number of mistruths that Knox’s ardent supporters pushed throughout the four-year affair.[...] Sollecito's book is sure to satisfy." (The Daily Beast)
About the Author
Raffaele Sollecito was born in Southern Italy. He was a computer science student at the University of Perugia when he and Amanda Knox were first accused of murder in 2007. On October 3, 2011, after four years of trials and appeals, he and Knox were cleared and released. He is now moving on with his life.
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Sollecito's memoir is a good deal shorter than Knox's parallel book and, unlike Knox's, does not give the reader a strong sense of knowing the author personally. What makes his book worth reading, however, is the view he provides of the Meredith Kercher case from his position not only as a defendant but also as an Italian. Among other insights, he explains Italians' general distrust of their legal system, Italian judges' penchant for interesting story lines as opposed to logic and hard evidence, and the elevation of loyalty and face-saving above professionalism.
As a lawyer, I found it particularly interesting to read about the Sollecito family's difficulties with some of their counsel. Other fascinating revelations involved the harassment that Raffaele's sister received in her job as a carabinieri, the intense pressure that Raffele's family put on him to testify (untruthfully) against Knox in order to get a lighter sentence, and his clear-eyed depiction of his relationships with family members (especially his father) and Knox. His prison experience, described straightforwardly, was evidently uglier than Knox's--he was housed with sexual predators and had to watch his back--which further supports the view that the prosecution was using the legal and penal systems in an effort to make him squeal.
As reflected in the title of his book, to Sollecito's great credit, he did not squeal. The truth was more important to him than his own safety, freedom, and comfort. If you'll forgive an exaggeration to illustrate a point, the blood of martyrs runs in his veins: the punishments meted out by temporal authorities was as nothing compared to his duty to stand by the truth.
Bottom line, Amanda and Raffele are innocent and were not there at the crime scene when Rudy Gude the lone culprit, broke-in, pooped, attacked, raped and robbed defenseless Meredith Kercher, then left her to die. Went dancing in a Perugian bar, then fled to Germany, realizing that the police had tell tale murder location signs that he had committed the murder.
The book is incredibly well written. It was really interesting to read his account of all the horrible lies that were fabricated and spread about them. It's a very different experience from reading Amanda's book (in a good way) due to their different personalities. I really enjoyed hearing both sides, and Raffaele is obviously incredibly intelligent and made this book very interesting.
After reading both books, I am just so glad to know that they were both released from prison because it's extremely obvious that they had no part in the crime, and what they endured and the way they were treated by the Italian police is a huge eye opener about how corrupt the government can be.
Anyway, if you're interested in this case, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the case.