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Run at Destruction: A True Fatal Love Triangle Paperback – August 7, 2009
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From Publishers Weekly
Runner and longtime Green Bay, Wis. resident Drews revisits the mid-1980s death of her close friend and fellow runner, popular high school teacher Pam Bulik. She chronicles the small community's response to Pam's death, suspicions of suicide that rang false, and the subsequent naming of Pam's husband, Bob Bulik, as the primary suspect. Events, including Bob's alleged affair, drag readers through the gruesome and tawdry details, some difficult to read (especially in descriptions of the victim). Like Melanie Thernstrom's The Dead Girl, about the life and tragic death of her best friend, this title also relies on the strong bond between author and victim for emotional weight; passages about their shared moments, and Drews's feelings of emptiness in the decades since, are remarkable.
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Runner and longtime Green Bay, Wis. resident Drews revisits the mid-1980s death of her close friend and fellow runner, popular high school teacher Pam Bulik... Like Melanie Thernstrom's The Dead Girl, about the life and tragic death of her best friend, this title also relies on the strong bond between author and victim for emotional weight; passages about their shared moments, and Drews's feelings of emptiness in the decades since, are remarkable. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. - Publishers Weekly
?Run at Destruction is a tragic?yet fascinating?true story of an unfathomable death in the Heartland of America. It happened in a wholesome community of runners and educators, perhaps the last group you would expect to be involved? in secret affairs, deception, and infidelity. Except for the bond between mothers and their children, there may be nothing stronger than women friends who are there to pick up the pieces when the world explodes, and to listen with true concern. Author Lynda Drews writes of her lost friend, and of her own efforts to find justice for Pam Bulik. Readers will find themselves walking along with Drews as she describes an enviable friendship, her grief when it ended suddenly, and the layers she peeled away to find the truth. Wonderfully written. A must for true-crime readers.??Ann Rule, New York Times Best-Selling True Crime author of The Stranger Beside Me, Small Sacrifices and Mortal Danger
Lynda Drews has produced a riveting read in Run at Destruction, the compelling story of a good friend who was murdered - or was she? Drews takes us on a jog back in time to the running boom of the 1980's when all sorts of folks laced up some training shoes and took to the streets in search of fitness, competition, and as it turns out romance in the form of the tangled web of a love triangle. The story begins when Drews' training companion Pam Bulik fails to show up for local half-marathon event in Green Bay, Wisconsin and is found dead in a hot tub. The pace never lets up as Drews layers portrayals of friendships and fitness within a running community with the meticulous detective work and courtroom drama and intrigue that accompanies a baffling murder mystery. As the trial unfolds, Drews places you in the juror's box as the evidence teeters between premeditated murder and a tragic accident, and you must decide. This is the 2009 runner's read. - Sean Hartnett, a correspondent for Track & Field News
Run at Destruction captures the family-like culture of a running group, showing how its members support one another especially in times of crisis. - Dave McGillivray, Race Director of the Boston Marathon
Reader groups everywhere will find Run at Destruction intriguing and thought-provoking. The characters struck a familiar chord inspiring endless discussion. - Lora Stemke, Titletown Teachers Reader's Group
Run at Destruction is written with the beat of a runner's heart: steady intensity racing toward an inevitable finish. Drews is the John Grisham of the running world, pulling readers into a unique subculture where the drama unfolds. - Sean Ryan, Race Director, Cellcom Green Bay Marathon
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Top Customer Reviews
To add to the problem was the author's personal relationship with the victim, Pam Bulik. It's a testament to the author's skills that she was able to tell the story without seeming biased, or like a victim herself.
One of the hardest parts for any true crime author is the courtroom. What's there has to be factual, but it also can't play out like a fictional movie, but again, the author handled this area like the pro she is.
Run at Destruction is a book well worth reading
The author is also a Runner and was best friends with the victim. The book was written about 25 years after the events occurred. The author gives a very detailed account of the trial , and it was very easy for me to understand how the Jury came up with its verdict.
The book certainly held my interest and if the Subject matter interests you I think you will be quite wrapped up in reading "Run at Destruction".
When the author's good friend drowns, a story of marital conflict, infidelity, and a cold personality cast suspicion on the husband. He is arrested, and we are given a blow by blow account of the trial. Two talented attorneys use the rules around admissibilty, conflicting expert witness testimony, and the complexity of events during the few days before and the day of the death, to argue guilt or innocence. The interchange is gripping and given additional intensity by the author's deep emotional involvement with the victim. This is a powerful book that I strongly recommend.
John Meeks, author of Bogey's Final Gift.
I, too , felt sad, because from the descriptions Mrs Drew wrote of Pam, I know I would have treasured her as a close friend too....They all had so much fun before this terrible happening.........
I read the whole book in 3 days, I couldnt put it down....
It really makes you stop and think of your friends and appreciate the things they do for you, for no other reason than they care about you and how much it would hurt to have them suddenly and tragically taken away...
Her children were always in my minds eye too..
I cant say I agree with Mr Drews sentence, to ME , he would still be rotting away in jail for what I think he did to that sweet mother and wife...Shameful and disgusting that he can go on with his life, while Pam is denied the joy of seeing her children grow up and make a life for themselves...
THATS the saddest part of all......