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Monster Mass Market Paperback – July 2, 2013
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About the Author
Bestselling and award-winning author and journalist Steve Jackson lives and works in the mountains of Colorado. Born in Bethesda Naval Hospital in 1955, he grew up in Hawaii and Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University with a BA in Journalism. A newspaper journalist for 25 years, he received numerous national and regional awards for feature writing and investigative reporting. He has published nine nonfiction books, including Monster and Not Lost Forever. In 2003, his World War II dramatic narrative, Lucky Lady, received The Colorado Book Award, best biography/history, from the Colorado Center for the Book, and was the runner-up for the prestigious Admiral Samuel Morrison Naval History Award. Several of his books have appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list.
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This book is about the brutal rapes and murder that were done by Tom Luther. Who left a bloody trail from the Rockies to West Virginia . There is one particular case that the author writes about Cher Elder. Mary is the only woman to survive the brutal attacks and helps the police . But that doesn't stop Tom and is brutality that ensues.
The author sends us the depths of hell with this book. You see how hard the police detectives work on apprehending the man. The lengths they will go to stop the mad man. I will warn you though , if you start reading this book at night . You will feel the need to get a guard dog and have them sleep with you. Also you will be wanting to sleep with the light on and a baseball bat beside you in bed. Trust me I was curled up on the couch reading away and poor unsuspecting hubby came into the living room and touched my shoulder and I screamed. I will also warn you that there are 16 pages of graphic crime scene photos, that will kind of shock you as you read along . But I honestly think that they are a good addition to the book. It also shows the dedication of the detectives that worked tirelessly on the case. Proving that there are good guys out there that will go to ends of the earth to put a villain in jail. So if you like reading true crime and want a great book . Check it out , you will be reading well into the night.
The sympathetic light the girlfriend was portrayed in was depressing. She said she loved the good Tom. Give me a break there isn't a good Tom, only a manipulating evil Tom. Her being a psychiatric nurse I think she knew that.
The book shows the absolute underbelly of the criminal element that is living in our mist and has many words of caution for us all to beware, everyone is not like us.
Thankfully the Monster is locked away forever. He wont accept visits from his ex girlfriend. Could it be she is of no use to him anymore and neither is the "good" Tom...
The book was a little long I skimmed the last part to find out what the verdict was and his punishment.
Jackson makes the people involved in the case come to life, especially the loathesome, cunning rapist-murderer Tom Luther; his maddeningly indecisive, abused girlfriend Deb Snider, who knows Tom has done something terrible but is afraid to lose him;the family of Tom's victim Cher Elder,who agonizes for two years, not knowing the fate of their daughter while the assorted lowlifes who do let them suffer for two years, and Detective Richardson, who devoted so much time to finding the body of a girl he had never met.
I'm a big fan of Jack Olsen's work and "Monster" is in that vein. I recommend it highly. There is no filler; you will be turning pages until the very end.
Kindle version may have fewer pictures. I'm not sure. But I read the Kindle edition and it was well-edited.