Repeat Offender: Sin City's Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 434 pages
- ISBN-10 : 194226609X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1942266099
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.98 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : WildBlue Press; 1st Edition (April 14, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Repeat Offender was an excellent book and is now an outstanding Documentary movie. As a movie always must, by its very nature, the film has less detail than the book but it touches all the salient points and tells the story of Sin City’s most prolific career criminal and the team and especially the dedicated detective whose tireless efforts brought him to justice and put an end to that career of crime. Three members of the diverse team that brought Monroe to justice were even under threat of assassination. All three of them refused to be intimidated into backing away from the case and their perseverance and dedication paid off big.
I would still like to see it made into a Hollywood style drama. With the right screen-writer, director and cast, it could be a blockbuster.
With the odds stacked against this criminal his act of defiance was to put a "HIT" on the very people that brought him to his knees. Great Detective work and Amazing prosecution from the District Attorney.
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With 25 years of law enforcement experience, 15 as a detective in the Repeat Offender Program in Las Vegas, it is amazing that Nickell can pen a book on a true case spanning so many years with painstaking detail about law enforcement and court procedures and make it exciting, suspenseful, and hard to put down.
Nickell’s account of Nevada’s most prolific criminal and the cop who caught him is especially powerful because it is written without judgment or condemnation, even though repeat offender Daimon Monroe ordered hits on Nickell, a chief deputy district attorney, and a judge.
It is heartwarming to discover Nickell’s role in helping Monroe’s former girlfriend and their children escape abuse and the criminal lifestyle. It is encouraging to read how successful that escape was.
“Repeat Offender” provides a revelation of how the U.S. court system has turned from serving the victims of crime to serving criminals. With defense attorneys “shoveling smoke” and performing circus acts to confuse juries and win cases, with no regard for the guilt or innocence of their clients, and with convicted felons permitted to clog the system with frivolous lawsuits—drastic changes are a requisite for making the justice system just.
Nickell’s Christian faith shines through “Repeat Offender” like a quiet, guiding light—never preaching, never judging—loving Daimon Monroe and his family in spite of the gulf between criminal and cop.