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A Killer among Us (Onyx True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1998

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  • Series: Onyx True Crime (Book 854)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (August 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451408543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451408549
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I read the other reviews on this book and felt compelled to give my own opinion. First, I believe the book was very well written and despite covering three trials (which many tend to find boring), the book moved along at a good pace and never lost my attention. Second, I think the author did an excellent job of creating emotional attachments for the reader to every character in the story, whether it be one of the seedy characters or one of the sympathetic. Third, I find it amazing that so many people find it hard to believe that a horrible thing can happen to a wonderful family. Although the author does recount over and over how close the victim's family was, there is nothing wrong with a family being that close. It was not perfect -- Elizabeth delivered a child at 16 and never graduated from high school. It was not easy -- Mary raised 7 kids in a 1400 square foot house, forming strong emotional bonds with 4 children she had to continuously fight to keep. The author does not paint this family as perfect, he merely tells the story of a family whose love and support for one another overcome any obstacle, no matter how large. This book made me cry many times, and it was fascinating to read about the investigation and the trial, especially the families' reactions to peculiarities in the legal system that seem so unfair. In all, this is an excellent, well written book. I have read nearly 200 true crime books, and I rate this one in the top 10 percent both for the writer's talent and the emotional strength of the story. I recommend this book to any true crime reader.
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I read this book with an open mind only to find myself becoming part of the Isengham family's supporters. The author takes in the reader with all the descriptions necessary to envelop you in this sad tale of greed, adultery and ultimately murder. Your heartstrings are pulled in the appropriate directions as you become a part of the Isengham family and a witness to their loyalty as well as the loyalty of the DeCaro family in supporting their accused son. I found this book riveting and found it hard to put down. You know a book captures your spirit when you even dream about what you have been reading. The author has captured the turmoil in the two families but more so in the Isengham family as they all lose an irreplaceable piece of their lives. This is excellent reading for a rainy day.
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By A Customer on June 18, 2004
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A Killer Among Us by Charles Bosworth, Jr., of the true-crime genre, was to me a riveting tale, not just because of its intrinsic literary worth, but because it took place in St. Ann, St. Charles, and the general St. Louis area, all of which I'm so familiar with, having lived for many years in St. Ann itself about a mile of the childhood home of the victim.
I know this story from having seen it on TV, so it had no surprises; indeed, the book isn't written as a suspense tale which weaves itself to a surprise ending, the denouement being apparent from the start. Only the ultimate fate of the trigger-man was pending at the time of the book's publication.
Despite the inclusion of virtual transcripts of three different trials, inclusions which often weary the reader and detract from the spontaneity of the tale, such distraction was not the case here, possibly because the subject was sensitively handled by the perspicacious author. A great read! I highly recommend it for all true-crime afficionados.
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By Megan Twain on September 24, 2000
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This book really got to me...How sick our society can really be and how dishonesty can bring us to a point of no return...Rather than Rick Decarlo just stepping up and divorcing his wife he chose to kill because he was a coward he left so many people so heartbroken because the truth is its the loved ones that suffer for the remainder of there lives ....Elizabeths family will always feel the loss and pain of what one mans selfish sick weakness brought him to kill the mother of his children and daughter and sister of her family...ALthough this book was really well written it was truley sad!
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While some of the other reviewers thought the depiction of the family in this case was a bit too syrupy, I didn't get that at all. I know families like that. And it is families like that which produce daughters who are prey for psychopaths: sweet, innocent, loving and giving, bright and talented...

I wish the members of this family had read Sandra Brown's book "How to Spot a Dangerous Man Before You Get Involved" and that ALL women would read it, because it would certainly go a long way toward preventing such tragedies.

It was obvious to me about 1/4 of the way through the book that Rick DeCaro was a psychopath and I kept waiting for the author to approach that angle, but the word sociopath was only mentioned once, toward the end, when it became SO obvious that it would have been odd to NOT mention it.

It is from this angle, that I agree with some of the negative reviews that more attention should have been given to the DeCaro family. Much of the book was a blatant attempt to garner sympathy for a senseless crime when it could have been working on understanding how a creature like Rick DeCaro is born and made. Some token mention was made of the troubled background of Dan Basile, but it wasn't given any really sympathetic treatment as it should have been. I'm not excusing the crimes, I'm just saying that we need to understand social illnesses before we attempt to cure them.
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