- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Star; Reprint edition (May 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671019945
- ISBN-13: 978-0671019945
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.4 x 4.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,986,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Mercy Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1999
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The host of America's Most Wanted recounts some of the hit TV show's most prominent success stories, including Gianni Versace's assassin, Andrew Cunanan, and Richard Allen Davis, the abductor and killer of young Polly Klaas. No Mercy also offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the show is produced, from the selection of the cases to the filming of their famous crime reenactments.
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A behind-the-scenes account of America's Most Wanted, one of the longest-running prime-time shows in history, from host Walsh.
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John Walsh, whose own son was abducted and murdered in the early 1980s, has turned his anger into a powerful force for good. He and co-author Philip Lerman are the inspiration behind America's Most Wanted, the Fox television show that has helped capture over five hundred dangerous criminals.
No Mercy tells several of the most famous stories from America's Most Wanted, all of which are emotionally wrenching. The most intriguing is "The Strange Case of the Green Parrot," an incredibly improbable set of circumstances that sound like a Hollywood script. I'm not going to give away the ending, but I will say that this tale alone is worth the price of admission.
The stories in this book are chilling, and they may give you nightmares. It's difficult to believe that we share the same planet with monsters who can do the things that Walsh and Lerner describe. But at the same time, the authors show that caring people can and should and do fight back.
I confess that I have never watched America's Most Wanted--I prefer books over television. But I may begin to watch the program after reading this book, out of a sense of responsibility if nothing else. Walsh's efforts have probably already spared countless hundreds of people from the pain that he himself had to endure. The more people who watch his show or read this book, the more criminals will be caught before they can hurt or kill again.
The book includes information about children who are still missing, as well as about several fugitives who are still at large--perhaps some reader will send in the tip that brings these cases to a close. The one omission that surprised me was this: as far as I could tell, the book did not give a web site for America's Most Wanted. (I looked it up, and it can be found at amw.com or americasmostwanted.com). It semes to me that the Net is the ideal place to post bulletins and updates between airings of the show, and it would have been useful to put this bit of information in the book or on the jacket.
An honest, open, and complete look into a child's murder and the aftermath.