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Salt of the Earth: A Mother, A Daughter, A Murder Mass Market Paperback – March 15, 1997
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The title of this book refers neither to the murderer who destroyed the hard-won tranquillity of a young couple and their three children, nor to the 12-year-old victim, but to the victim's mother. Without subtracting an iota from the uniqueness of her story, Jack Olsen portrays Elaine Gere as one of those heroically strong American women whose lives usually pass unheralded. We follow her indomitable spirit from a childhood in squalor, to marriage and family, to the disappearance of her daughter, through the baffling and enervating aftermath of a high-profile crime, through the years when her devastated husband flounders in alcoholism and turns violent, to the final healing of her broken family. David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars, writes, "Salt of the Earth constitutes a literary achievement of the highest order. It is the complexity of life, its mystery and beauty, its violence and love and terrible strangeness, that Jack Olsen forces us to confront here."
From Publishers Weekly
Anyone who doubts that women are the stronger sex would be well advised to read this tale of Elaine Mayzsak Gere, who not only endured but triumphed over two violent tragedies in her family. Raised in California and trained to work hard even as a child, she married Joe Gere, a local boy who served in Korea, became a police officer and was badly hurt in a confrontation with two drugged arsonists. After many moves up and down the West Coast, they settled in a town near Seattle, where in 1985 their daughter, Brenda, was abducted and murdered. Her body was found six years later. Joe came from a drinking family and turned into an alcoholic after Brenda's disappearance. In 1988, he committed suicide, shooting himself in the presence of his wife and two young sons. In 1993, the man who everyone was almost certain had abducted Brenda was finally tried, convicted and sentenced to life. Thus Elaine, who had struggled to hold the family together after the kidnapping, now had to help her sons recuperate from the twin traumas. Her firm religious faith and strong work ethic sustained her, and the story of her indomitability gives Olsen (Doc) the material for one of his most penetrating books. True Crime Club featured selection; Literary Guild, Mystery Guild, Doubleday Book Club featured alternates; author tour.
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Top customer reviews
The one complaint I have is the mistakes in printing, mostly typos. (Repeatedly saying Cere instead of Gere, and numerous other things.) None of Olsen's other books that I've read had mistakes like this, but many ebooks are full of them. Much as I love the ease of downloading books, I do wish someone would look at them before they're printed.
people struggling to survive with horror all around, a tale of courage and determination. But, the author never made me care about any of the characters. It was like when Jack Webb would say, "Just the facts, ma'm. Just the facts" Don't invest yourself in this story. There is no return on your investment here.......
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This guy is scum of the earth! No mercy! Enough said.
This book read like a novel. Jack Olsen does such an excellent job of researching, interviewing, and recording the events of this time that...Read more
I recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with any situation because it makes you realise there's always hope.