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The Setup: A True Story of Dirty Cops, Soccer Moms, and Reality TV Hardcover – January 13, 2015
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Ira Glass, Host of public radio’s This American Life
Journalist Pete Crooks has very carefully reported a tale of people who believed that reality television was the fastest pathway to the fame they so desperately wanted . . . A unique insight into a house of cards constructed to lead to media fameand to discover more sinister behavior that was occurring just behind the curtain, when the cameras weren’t shooting.”
Joe Kenda, retired police detective and subject of Discovery Television’s Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
The Setup is most certainly a riveting real-life thriller. But the book is also much more than that . . . This deeply-layered crime and corruption story is the ultimate truth is stranger than fiction’ scenario for a celebrity-obsessed culture. Once I started reading, I could not put The Setup down.”
Louise Fletcher, Academy Award-winning actress in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
A true crime story about a delusional suburban detective trying to sell a reality show about soccer moms? Yes, you are going to laugh a lot but because Crooks treats his subjects respectfully and like the fallible humans we all are; the absurdity isn't mean-spirited. Only a true noir fan could have done such a bang-up job.”
Beth Lisick, New York Times bestselling author of Everybody Into the Pool
About the Author
Crooks’s reporting on this stranger than fiction story about reality show wannabes, duplicitous soccer moms, and a conspiracy involving corrupt cops and a sociopath private investigator received national acclaim, inspiring episodes of the award-winning radio program This American Life and 48 Hours on CBS news, for which Crooks served as an official consultant.
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It's a great read, Crooks provides names to back up his claims as well as copies of emails; instead of usual tabloid fodder where everything comes from a "source". I am sure Marino will see this review since he has Google Alerts set up for his name. lol
Marino downplays his involvement in dirty dui's to telling fibs of being a detective in New York. It should be noted, Marino told Kenda he was a detective and Kenda made a call and found out Marino was a jail guard. Both jobs are important jobs, however, the two are not the same. It should also be noted, Kenda has forwarded this book.
My only complaint is its not offered on Audible Books.
Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down, even though I knew how the story ended. Mr. Crooks did a great job conveying the stress he was under and the conflict going on around him. I'm really glad he turned his experience into a book and I'm really glad that I bought the extended version to learn new details about a fascinating and sordid tale.
A few con's: the book could use a re edit. There are a lot of phrases that are repeated, like it was written and edited in separate chunks so the mistakes weren't caught. To the same thread, some of the chronology seemed a bit out of order, but since that chunk was already written, it was left in tact and they simply moved in with the book.
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