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Signal-7: Terror in Tampa Hardcover – February 2, 2005

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Sam is married to Marie Nall, father of Scott and Shelly Nall, father-in-law to Laura Nall, and the grandfather of Madelyn “Maddie” Grace Nall. When not writing novels, stageplays or screenplays, Sam swims, bikes, runs, and he competes regularly in triathlons. Based on his 2003 accomplishments, he is currently an Age-Group All-American triathlete, ranked by USA Triathlon #1 in Florida and #7 in the nation. Sam, Marie, and their five dogs currently reside in Saint Petersburg, Florida, but in the fall of 2004 will be moving to the lovely coastal-but-rural town of Homosassa. With Sam’s book It’s Only a Mountain being translated for publication in Japan, he is hoping for the same success with Eiko, and he’s optimistic about future success with his latest book Signal-7, a true story about “The darkest day in the history of the Tampa Police Department.” --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (February 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419603191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419603198
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,078,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Mullane on February 11, 2010
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_Signal-7: Terror in Tampa: The Deadly Rampage of Hank Earl Carr_ chronicles the events of May 19, 1998 in Florida, which began with Carr's shooting and killing of his child, Joey, followed by Carr's escape from custody after he murdered two Tampa Police Department detectives, Ricky J. Childers and Randy Scott Bell, who were transporting him; the murder of Florida Highway Patrol Officer James Bradford Jean Crooks; a high-speed pursuit; and a tense, lengthy hostage standoff in a gas station mini-mart, and ended with the cowardly suicide of Carr. Law enforcement departments across the country used the events of Carr's homicidal rampage to re-evaluate arrest procedures and policies.

The text covers the circumstances in chronological format and includes a large amount of transcription from taped interviews and court testimony. The simple structure used by the author, Sam Nall, makes the book a quick, easy read. However, this is not a true crime story written in a creative voice similar to Truman Capote's _In Cold Blood_. Rather, it detracts from its value as a novel with the simplistic style and diction perhaps appropriate for an elementary-school reading level; it is not enjoyable reading due to its plain style and word choices and modest use of description. The large volume of pure transcription, done for a more "factual" presentation, detracts from the reading experience and demonstrates the author's inability to blend quotes into creative sentences. A court reporter is not a writer, and I was disappointed at Nall's choice to include the large amount of transcripts that he did. The text also suffers from what appears to be the lack of an editor, aside from Nall himself.
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