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Smoldering Embers Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2006

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Bobby Joe Long killed ten women. Two of his rape victims survived and join author Wellman in this first-person account not only of sexual assault but also of years of frustration at the glacierlike movement of the justice system. Because the authors aren't professional writers, the text can be uneven and is filled with occasionally awkward or overwritten passages. Yet it is precisely this uncontrived style that helps convey the courage and tenacity of these women, who were unwavering in their determination to see Long answer for his crimes. Especially chilling are the excerpts from Long's letters in which he describes his rape of a l3-year-old girl. Perhaps even more chilling is that Long plea bargained a 25-year to life sentence for eight murders and has already served 13 of them. For true crime collections.?Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo & Erie Cty. P.L., N.Y
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Three women, formerly strangers, born in three different decades with little in common are bonded together forever by their ongoing pursuit of punishment for one of America's most ruthless serial rapist/murderers. They vow to be the voices for those who cannot speak: more than two hundred women brutally attacked and ten savagely beaten, raped and murdered. Smoldering Embers is not only a bone-chilling thriller, but a shattering indictment of the American Criminal Justice System and its treatment of the very victims it has sworn to protect. Ultimately, though, it is also the inspiring story of the power that crime victims can wield if they work together in pursuit of justice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Expanding Horizons (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933893001
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933893006
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,977,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This has to be the WORST "true crime" book that I have ever written. While giving credit to Lisa McVey and Susan Replogle (victims of the book's subject), this piece of work is nothing but disguised effort to toot the horn of the book's primary author, and actual writer, Joy Wellman.

Many of the ingredients typical of a true crime were missing from this book; such as details regarding trials, the investigation, many other victims, etc. The reader is provided pretty indepth detail about two victims, general information is provided about others, but some victims are mentioned only in passing. The remainder of the book focuses on the author and co-authors friendship, their desire to teach women to speak out against sexual crimes committed against them, and their lives following Bobby Joe Long, the convicted. And it for this reason that this book should be listed in the biography section versus the true crime category.
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One of the most poorly written books I've ever read. Dispite the serious subject matter, I found myself laughing aloud at the tortured prose, stilted dialogue and ridiculous non sequiturs -- not to mention the many grammatical errors. This lady needs an editor!
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I was interested in the facts, but this book just rambles on and on and reads like a poorly-written soap opera. I will never finish it; what a waste of time.
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