Rough Trade: A Shocking True Story of Prostitution, Murder and Redemption Kindle Edition
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Would you listen to Rough Trade again? Why?
Absolutely! I'm a Steve Jackson fan and have enjoyed Kevin Pierce's Voice work on close to a dozen audio books. This took place on sites familiar to me... Gilpin County, Blackhawk, Colorado. Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado. Colfax Avenue. I've driven those roads.
I have briefly interacted, albeit far removed from a main investigator of the crime. The names of Prosecutors and District Attorneys are familiar as well as the Defense names to a much lesser extent.
Above all that, this is just a damn good True Crime work!
What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?
Jackson gives us a brilliant rendering of the real life characters, personalizing the entire cast, the criminal, Robert Riggan...the victim, Anita Jones, and the investigators and legal teams. He explains the aspect of the Three judge penalty panel that briefly existed in Captal Crime trials in Colorado.
And as important, the Redemption of one of the key people, Joanne Cordova.
Which character – as performed by Kevin Pierce – was your favorite?
All were well represented by Kevin Pierce. Along with the distinctive voice, Kevin's forte is the flow and drama of the stories he chooses to narrate. Never over the top. Always with compassion and fidelity to the real life characters he brings life to with his portrayals.
If you could give Rough Trade a new subtitle, what would it be?
Don't judge the victims.
Any additional comments?
I'm a resident of the Greater Denver, Colorado Metro Area for more than fifty plus years. I've been reading Steve Jackson for a long time. First in a local alternative newspaper called Westword and then as his True Crime books based on his newspaper articles were published. Needless to say, I'm very glad that his works are being published again both as Kindle and Audible editions!
Thanks very much for the opportunity to review "Rough Trade" by Steve Jackson. His work endures the test of time. And Kevin Pierce is one of the best.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost
Coming from a long line of sexual predators (in some shape, form or fashion, including incest and familial voyeurism), it's none too surprising that Riggan would prowl the perverse underworld; preying on those willing to sell their bodies for their next hit of crack.
Yet he would take the family traditions one step futher when he brutually murdered Anita Paley.
The horrendous, sickening details of the murderous crime committed by Robert Riggan as told in Rough Trade by Steve Jackson will leave readers feeling sympathy for "ladies of the night" and the brutality they are willing to suffer to squash the rising of their inner demons.
Especially heartwrenching and eye opening, is the story within the story of Joanne Cordova; an intelligent, articulate lady who rose within the ranks of the police department only to take a fall.
A fall that would place her in direct opposition to her previous lifestyle.
Cordova is a outright reminder that there is still honor among those on the streets and that, while crack may take a toll on you physically, it cannot break down a conscience - if one so chooses.
I finished Rough Trade with a much needed undertanding of the poor, pathetic souls whose addictions could be anyone's - given the right circumstances.
And I walked away with a renewed sense of respect for those willing to sacrifice everything for another person - even when the code of (street) ethics strictly forbids such humanity.
As we have all come to expect, Steve Jackson again delivers a riveting, emotion-provoking tale from the evil that lurks amid the beautiful landscapes of Colorado.
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