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One Step From Murder: The Friendly Burglar-Rapist Paperback – September 27, 2012
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About the Author
Robert is a former Dallas cop, Vietnam veteran, a private investigator and security consultant. He is the author of eleven novels from the Black Book Investigations of Michael Grant and Associates series (JAMAICA MOON; JUDAS ORACLE; AND... NEVER AGAIN; INNOCENT AND GUILTY; CRY, WALK, RUN!; THE MURDER FEVER; BOXMAN; THE SUN NEVER SETS; 30 SECONDS FROM MIDNIGHT; BUTTERMILK SKIES; and WE WERE ONCE KNIGHTS). Robert is also the author of four books of poetry containing over 4000 of his poems: POETIC LICENSE #4121964 (in four volumes subtitled) OPUS I, OPUS II, OPUS III and OPUS IV.
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In OSfM we ride along with Sadler and his partner, Tom Covington Jr., as they "hit the streets" of 1970s Dallas, in a desperate effort to identify and arrest that city's most prolific serial-rapist.
OSfM is well written and goes far beyond "just the facts" to gives us a historical look and feel of exactly how "old school" police work was conducted.
To my mind one of the book's most important contributions is Sadler's explanation of just how far law enforcement has advanced in the support of victim advocacy.
Sadler points to the truth of it. Many (not all) police and prosecutors in the "bad old days" treated victims of rape with suspicion. Complaints of sexual assault were oftentimes simply ignored and or rejected, out of hand.
Kudos to the author who has with One Step from Murder: the friendly burglar RAPIST given us a great procedural read, filled with insight and compassion.
LAPD Det.III (ret.) and NYT bestselling author of Black Dahlia Avenger
The details in the book should be a lession for women to be more careful of their
surroundings regardless of where you live.
The good. This is a great guide for women of any age and time to understand how to protect themselves from being raped at home; lock your doors and windows and if something doesn’t seem right, it’s not. Be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. You never know who might be watching. In the cases where the women screamed or put up a struggle, this rapist left the scene.
Now for the bad.
I decided to contract the author after reading only eighty of 579 pages. This is not a good start. I mentioned that there is no discernable time line. I felt like I was in a tennis match with no practical goal insight. We go from catching the rapist, to the first rape, to his induction in the army and then joining the Dallas Police Department. If you see a timeline there, let me know, because I don’t.
I also pointed out I was coming across a host of misspelled and grammatical errors. Most authors I contact to point out flaws are more than happy with the heads-up. Not Mr. Sadler. I hate to say his response would influence this review, but it did.
This is supposed to be a true story about the Friendly Burglar Rapist in Dallas, Tx. from 1973 to 1974. What it actually is a list all of the police reports with supplemental reports with author notes with more supplemental reports and yes, more author notes. The structure of the book is the worse I have ever read for a non-fiction story. It should have been titled. “My Life as a Dallas Cop,” by Robert J. Sadler, because that’s what it is. For instance, what does the filming of Logan’s Run, Elvis coming to town, issuing a non-descript traffic ticket or the Texas/OU football game have to do with the activities of the rapist? Nothing. Absolutely, unequivocally, nothing! But it gets worse. He starts adding the Dallas Cowboy box scores as he and his partner are not discounting any possible connection, to the FBR’s movements, no matter how far-fetched it may seem. Why is the addition bad? Because they don’t line up. A good proofreader or editor could have easily fixed this minor issue. But remember, he told me he doesn’t need an editor. Try again. But there’s more.
I mentioned the police reports. They are all the same. I understand why they are added. Many sleuths will enjoy trying to figure out how they could catch him. But not only do you get the reporting officer’s report, then you get the complainant’s interview which is the same thing. Now, if you’re an aspiring weather student wanting to make it big on local or the national morning shows and possibly the Weather Channel, you’ll be happy to know all of the weather conditions are painstakingly detailed with each attack. Relevance? None.
What is up with the random highlighting of words and phrases? There is no path, logic or sense in this. Comes across as a rough draft that was never corrected. To quote the author, “BINGO JACK!”
There is no great build-up to the capture of Guy William Marble. While Mr. Sadler is out of town, his partner sets up a strike force to try and capture Marble on February 14th, 1974. They are successful. You’d think that’d be the end of the story or at least it would start winding down. Oh, no. It drones on for another one hundred and sixty pages. And all it is for the most part, is a rehashing and repeating over and over and over again the same material. It is utterly maddening!
And let’s not forget the mimeographed letters and reports in the story. Most of them aren’t readable.
Last major thought, after he’s caught, you’d think in the next one hundred and sixty pages, we might get a better insight into Mr. Marble. That would be a reasonable assumption wouldn’t it? Sorry, nothing, nada. You’ve got to be kidding me? We’ve been inundated with reports, sub-reports, author notes, the FBR’s miserable diary, which adds nothing, and a host of other irrelevant, frivolous material. Nothing about his police interview or the court case other than he received sixty years. Seriously?
Mr. Sadler, I’m not attacking you personally, it’s the book that’s the problem. This was a major case that affected and changed the lives of over eighty women. I praise your service and the time you and your partner spent trying to rid Dallas of this scourge, Now, do your book the same attention, hire a professional editor and clean this mess up.
I cannot recommend this to anyone.
Two Star Push