- Paperback: 261 pages
- Publisher: Barricade Books; Reprint edition (October 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569804427
- ISBN-13: 978-1569804421
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jailing the Johnston Gang: Bringing Serial Murderers to Justice Paperback – October 16, 2010
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Author Mowday - who annoyingly refers to himself in the third person throughout his own book - didn't bother to interview a single person not in law enforcement. In fact, even those "interviews" read as if they were siphoned from his interviews as a reporter covering this gang, not fresh interviews for his book that seemed thrown together. Clearly, he was a reporter writing a sonnet for law enforcement - Mowday reminds the reader on every fifth page or so what a feat of police coordination it was to jail the Johnstons, although he's short on actually detailing why. He even throws in an inexplicable reference to 9/11 that makes no sense in any conceivable context.
What Mowday doesn't bother to offer readers is a single shred of any insight into the Johnstons: no interviews with neighbors, former employers or friends, few comments from victims' family. There is very little about the Johnstons in here at all except people saying how scary they were. Blah.
There is nothing in this book that can't be read for free on the Internet - in fact, former Johnston neighbors, friends, etc., have posted anecdotes about who the Johnstons were and they're more readable than the first page of Mowday's book. Don't waste your money on this book: a lazy effort from a reporter who lacks reporting ability and any hint of creativity to make his story live up to the sensational truth.