- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: New Horizon Press; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0882822438
- ISBN-13: 978-0882822433
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Murder on the Rails Hardcover – October 1, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Retired California police detective Palmini's account of the career murderer Robert Silveria Jr., dubbed the Boxcar Serial Killer, is long on splatter and short on insight. Palmini himself is like a figure from a David Lynch movie—a veteran cop who received a government grant to "do Elvis impersonations to promote traffic safety among California teens and their families" through a group called Elvis and the Lawmen. After a Vietnam vet is brutally slaughtered in a transient camp near Albany, Calif., Palmini's investigation leads him to the vicious underworld community of the Freight Train Riders of America, a little-known national criminal association. His unofficial network of law enforcement contacts probing similar unsolved killings leads him to Silveria, a drug-addicted drifter whose body count may have reached triple digits and who eventually confesses to the Albany murder. Unfortunately, the narrative is less than compelling and helps demonstrate by contrast the skill of writers such as Ann Rule, who more successfully evoke both the lives that have been taken and the inner demons motivating America's long parade of serial killers.
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Top Customer Reviews
The underlying story may have some interest but it was largely dispelled by the way in which it was handled.
The author comes across as a self-aggrandizing bobo and his pontifications are so excessive to be funny - actually the tortured sentences are funny in themselves.
p. 23 - "I was also a spokesperson for a nationally acclaimed program, Chief Operator, funded by a grant, in which I was the only cop in the world paid by the government to do Elvis impersonations to promote traffic safety among California teens and their families."
This must be non-fiction. No person would make that up. No professional ghost writer would put their names on this kind of work and no real publishing house should kill trees to put this out.
A must read.