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The decision to do the right thing comes from surprising people with nothing to gain, and you'll find yourself rooting hard for one of the criminals as the story progresses - I thought this was the most heart warming part of the book, the story of Tammy - and Nickell doesn't disappoint you with her journey.
That Nickell himself is the chief protagonist is not at all distracting, nor self serving. He spends no time dwelling on himself or his family, but rather keeps you moving through the biggest case of his career, with a supporting cast of prosecutors, judges, jailers, cops, and others that make you feel as if you got to shadow all of them through this stunning - and disturbing - case.
You can read the book description for the story line - you don't need me to repeat it here. That said, you are in for quite a ride as Nickell takes you not only on a fascinating trip through the criminal justice system, but lets you take a long, slow look at the mind of a committed criminal, one that stood Las Vegas on its head with the audacity of his crimes. Indeed, Daimon Monroe is the kind of person society can't wait to slam a cell door on, yet Nickell, for all he endured, still offers a compassionate look at what prisons really are, which is atypical for a cop dedicated to putting people there.
The story, the characters, the crime and punishment, all of it is there for the crime story lover. Also making a prominent appearance throughout the book is humanity, in all its flawed and hope filled essence. It is the kind of book that will make you think. It challenges the "throwaway" mentality while simultaneously making the case for long sentences. Some people warrant prison with no chance to see the light of day again, whether we like it or not, and Nickell seems to struggle with that a little while still hoping that Monroe gets the proverbial book thrown at him for each and every crime. He also shows you a better side of even bad people than you imagine they have. No easy feat.
This is a story about people as much as it is about crime. This is not the sensationalist, tabloid kind of crime story that is all too prevalent these days. Rather, it is the story of human beings. For as much as I hoped for Monroe to be held accountable, I more rooted for Tammy and her children to find their way.
I won't spoil it for you. Buy this, and read it for yourself.
You won't be disappointed, I promise.
As an early fan of LAPD Detective Joseph Wambaugh (The New Centurions, 1971), I had yet to come across another author of true crime who could keep me riveted with a captivating story...until now.
Las Vegas Police Detective Bradley Nickell, with co-author Warren Jamison, recounts the tenacious investigation and arrest of career criminal, Daimon Monroe, following with the court trials and multiple life sentences. I was fascinated by all the details from transcripts, frustrated by the audacity of the defendant (and the defense attorney) and relieved by the final outcome. I don't know which shocked me more-- the revelation of torture and sexual abuse of his own daughters or the conspiracy to kill Nickell, the judge and prosecuting attorney.
Narrator Kevin Pierce gave an exemplary performance, capturing the nuance of each character. (I'll definitely be looking for more of his narrations!)