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Presumed Dead: A True Life Murder Mystery (Berkley True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – July 6, 2010
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The facts? A young mother disappears without a trace. Her van is found, but the case picks up steam as it becomes obvious that there are any number of possible suspects. The potential perps include an estranged husband, a former boyfriend/best friend of the hubby upon whom the victim appears to be financially dependent on, and a current boyfriend the victim picked up on the net. In fact, the missing woman seems to have no fear of making social connections via the internet which results in a lot of dead ends from an investigative pov.
As the authorities hone in on the evidence, the husband becomes the clear suspect. Nutty and controling beyond description and totally devoid of basic social skills, he has CREEP written all over him. The core of this story focuses on the husband and his consistently peculiar and controlling behavior, his continual contradictory statements, and how his presumed perception of his peculiar 'genius' and his inherent arrogance really does him in on a lot of levels. Despite not having any physical evidence such as a body to prove that a murder took place, the autorities bring te husband to trial. In the end, the case is resolved in an odd and somewhat unpredictable way.
The author Henry Lee is a local Oakland reporter and this is his first book. It is well-written and meticulously detailed. The end result is that very little, if anything, is left unanswered.
This is an interesting book that has its share of cliches, but the actual facts and circumstances surrounding this case lack a certain amount of suspense because the husband's inherent nature points to him early on.
What did she think was going to happen? Maybe because it's California this is considered normal behavior for married women but I seriously doubt it.
No one deserves to be killed for promiscuity but the odds rise substantially for something nasty to happen when engaging in such out of control, animal behavior. Craigslist?? After the murders that have occurred using this venue to meet the opposite sex?? A mother exposing herself to this type of risk takes away any empathy I can muster for her.
Author tells a good story but I have to quit reading from time to time to get through it. He could easily have cut the pages in half by hiring an editor. What matters it if Hora is, "wearing a Nike baseball cap"?? For sure, no one crossed out one single punctuation mark let alone a word, sentence, or paragraph.
Lee felt the need to name every single person, their shoe size, their relatives, the friends of their relatives, and on and on and on, that was even remotely knowledgeable about this murder and disappearance. His excruciatingly minute details were so frustrating I literally wanted to throw this thing against the wall b 4 I finished it.
This is a long read to get the denoument, but if you still the think the Death penalty should be abolished, think for a minute that SPOILER ALERT!! Hans will be out of jail 2020 or sooner if his first parole hearing goes well.Read more ›
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Nobody covers Bay Area crime like Henry Lee (disclosure: I get a shout-out in the book), but Henry's a solid journalist and always tells interesting stories.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
No review necessary, you read you decide......some good some bad depends on what you like.Published 21 months ago by meliapau
One of my favorite type of books are True Crime. You know what you are reading actually happened. Not a 'make believe' story.Published on May 10, 2014 by Geraldine M. Mahan
really a good book... would recommend to anyone who loves true mystery, particularly murder mysteries. Only have little time to read with working but read it faster than normal.Published on August 5, 2013 by Mabel Peery
It must have been exceedingly difficult to render such interesting subject matter this dry. Mr. Lee does not tell this story. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Micki from FL
PRESUMED DEAD WAS A LOCAL (OAKLAND CA MONTCLAIR DISTRICT) EVENT AND MYSTERY. MOST OF THE LOCATIONS RELATED IN THE STORY HAPPENED IN THE MONTCLAIR VILLAGE. Read morePublished on August 28, 2010 by L. M. Levy