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A Knife in the Heart Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 2012

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About the Author

Michael Benson is the author of more than 60 books including true crime (Betrayal in Blood, Killer Twins, The Burn Farm, Mommy Deadliest, A Killer's Touch, et al), eight Complete Idiot's Guides (Pro Wrestling, Modern China, the CIA, NASA, National Security, Submarines, Aircraft Carriers, and Choppers [the motorcycles]), sports (Ballparks of North America, Everything You Wanted to Know About the New York Knicks; and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly New York Giants), and conspiracy theory (Who's Who in the JFK Assassination, Inside Secret Societies). He has collaborated with a spy, an astronaut, an NFL Hall-of-Famer, and an NYPD Cop of the Year. He's written many books for children, including three presidential biographies (Reagan, Clinton, Taft) and three about criminal investigation (Drug Crime, Organized Crime, Cons and Frauds).  For 11 years he was an editor for the Starlog Group of newsstand magazines, managing titles such as All Time Baseball Greats, Stock Car Spectacular, the Military Technical Journal, and Bert Sugar's Fight Game. Benson has frequently made media appearances to promote his books. He has appeared twice on the CBS morning show, for a couple of Investigation Discovery shows, and on local televisions stations in Rochester and Elmira, N.Y.  He's made many radio appearances coast-to-coast as well, including a lengthy NPR interview. He is a regular on the True Murder podcast. Benson is originally from Rochester, N.Y., a graduate of Hofstra University, and currently lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; Original edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786027606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786027606
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,966,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm glad I didn't waste my money with the purchase of this book and only borrowed it. Agreeing with the previous one-star ratings, it is boring and confusing. With the various characters in the book, the author points out that the lawyers during the trial sometimes get confused as to who is who. Well, the same is said for the author. He can't seem to keep characters straight much better, making it impossible for the reader. Also, as a nonfiction writer, he shouldn't be commenting on what the spectators or jury members are thinking. How would he know? He's not a mind-reader, is he? Unnecessary details are added throughout, such as a police officer's history and awards. If the author felt it was important, it would have been better put in an appendix rather than in the main text which was cluttered enough. If a student of mine were to submit a paper such as this, my main comments would be, "Confusing and redundant."
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it's a shame a book like this should have been written. two teenagers too young and to involved with boys. parents should have kept a closer eye on them, they needed more parental help than freedom. rachael was way to young for her own apartment, she needed more love and caring from her parents. sarah had the love from her parents but needed it shown more. both had way too much freedom to do what they want, never is a good outcome. so sad sarah's dad now visits her at the cemetary, no one wins, love your children, no one needs actions like this to continue.
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I am about half-way through the book and can't wait to get through. Not because I am intrigued with it but because it is boring. The same things are repeated over and over again. On page 202, "Dicus, the prosecution, asked Sarah how she knew Rachel was on the street, and Janet said she'd seen her." How can Dicus asked Sarah, when Sarah is dead? The book to me keeps repeating the same things over and over. Maybe to get enough words down to fill a book? It seems like I have read other books by him and was always disappointed. Judge for yourself. You have heard my take on it.
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Unfortunately ordered two Benson novels for my kindle without being familiar with the author. Did not like "Betrayal in Blood" and never finished "A Knife in the Heart". Same reasons, confusing cast of characters that made it difficult to follow the plot. Pass over this author since then. Jeanne K.
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Book Review: A Knife in the Heart by Michael Benson

This detailed paperback book of 352 page documents the murder and subsequent trial of Rachel Wade on Florida during 2009-2010. Rachel Wade and Sarah Ludemann, two hot young American girls, were continually fighting over a guy called Joshua Camacho. This long animosity finally led to a fight outside a house of a friend of Camacho. Wade twice stabbed Sarah viciously and killed her just as she was stepping out of her vehichle. She was dead on arrival at the hospital. Sarah Ludemann thus died in a street, a gaping stab wound in her left breast. The first policeman on the scene described it as the biggest puncture wound that he had ever seen (there was also a smaller stab wound). It was thus clear that Rachel Wade used all of her strength to make sure that her rival was killed. Wade was thoroughly interrogated only hours after the stabbing. At first she lied and said that she had no idea how Sarah was stabbed. When she was informed that Sarah Ludemann was dead, Wade burst into tears and admitted that she was the one who wielded the knife. The knife that killed Sarah Ludemann was later recovered on the top of a neighbouring house. Wade threw it there just before the police arrived. Wade is a vicious little American loser who was finally sentenced to 27 years in the hard house. She was lucky she didn't receive life imprisonment.

The book mainly details the trial of Rachel Wade and thats possibly why it is boring to some. However, there were so many people involved as witnesses etc that the case was long in duration. However the jury made a quick decision and the judge sentenced her to jail time. There are 16 b/w pages of the case and the main players except Joshua Camacho.
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Read it in one sitting. The book is about mean girls gone wild in a world of sex, drugs, and murder. During the early morning hours of April 15, 2008, an eighteen-year old high school senior and a twenty-year old waitress fought over a boy. The fight took place in the middle of a residential Florida street. The 18-year-old, Sarah Ludemann, brought two friends. The 20-year-old, Rachel Wade fought alone, but she brought a knife. The fight lasted no more than five seconds and when it was over, Ludemann lay in the street, mortally wounded by stab wound to the heart. There were four eyewitnesses to the stabbing, two on either side, and their stories differed. Rachel's friends spoke of a small woman defending herself against three larger women who had jumped her. Sarah's friends spoke of Rachel charging at Sarah, and immediately plunging the kitchen knife into Sarah's breast. The feud between the women had been building up for many months, inflamed by social networking. (Shows you how fast technology is moving; this only happened a few years back but the teens are tormenting each other using the seemingly ancient MySpace.) The women lived in a world of rebellious young people, a crowd determined to keep Pinellas Park cops as busy as possible. The sticking point was a mini-Casanova named Camacho who told them both that they were his one and only. He told them both that, if they loved him enough, they would fight for him. This was a promiscuous crowd. As one cop put it, the murder didn't occur over a love triangle but rather a love hexagon. Rachel Wade was a cute little blonde and discovered sex at a tender age, too-much-too-soon as they say. Sarah Ludemann, on the other hand, was an overweight girl, teased by friends, and a late bloomer with boys. Joshua Camacho was Sarah's one and only.Read more ›
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