A Taste For Murder Kindle Edition
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Burl Barer sucked me in early on with this book. Frank Hernandez dies at home, dying a most horrible death…apparently from poisoning. His wife suspected a colleague of the crime. From there, Barer takes you on a joyride into the bizarre. From the opening of this crime this seemed cut-and-dry, but it is like riding the Hulk rollercoaster at Universal Studios. You think you're going one way and bam! You're suddenly spinning the opposite direction.
Mr Barer does an outstanding job of putting the reader in the community where this murder took place, Montebello, CA. Adding to that was the details of what this poisoning did the victim. This is not a clinical read, but one that helps you understand just how horrific this murder really was.
I have never read any of Burl Barer's books but I became a quick fan. He leads you down a dark corridor, lantern in hand, on a journey that I didn’t expect at the start of the book. I devoured chapter after chapter, not ever losing my interest. After the first third of the book, it was as if there was a new twist every chapter or two. Barer masterfully takes you on the long journey from murder to conviction.
To say that this case was full of bizarre behavior is an understatement. The murderer seems to be running con jobs within con jobs at times.
About halfway through the book I realized I actually had heard something about this case. That didn't diminish it in the least for me.
Is this a good solid true crime book? Absolutely. Well worth your time to consume (pun intended).
The authors have done a great job providing background information into the life of the killer, as well as parlaying her attempts at deception. Always believing that she is outwitting the detectives, her downfall is that she is not as smart as her grandiosity has convinced her she is, and this results in her snare, which she never saw coming, even though she certainly should have. As a reader, you root for the cops more and more with each revelation of the depths of her depravity, while your disgust for her increases commensurately.
Barer and Girardot have delivered a rendering of a psychopathic and heartless murderer, whose evil deviance defies natural universal laws. I won’t reveal the extent of her profligate wickedness, but be forewarned; the book includes an additional shocking revelation and confirmation of her deeply distorted pathology. While horrified by her behavior, one cannot help but recognize the foreshadowing of things to come once the extent of her victimization in the form of childhood abuse is revealed. While not coming even close to a condonation, it serves as a sober warning of the damage done to those whose souls are damaged and stolen in their formative years, especially by those who they should have been able to trust as their protectors.
There is a section at the end which speaks to this victimization, which is a welcomed addition, as it casts a realistic light on this moral failure of society. The only negative I experienced in my reading of the book is that within just the first few pages of the book, I was able to guess the method by which the victim was murdered. It didn’t ruin anything for me though, as the book is so well-written, that you want to finish it in one sitting without pausing!
One of the sickest killers I've read about in a while, so heartless and cold. But you'll have to read it yourself to find out why. It has some shocking developments as the story moves along.
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