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Trail of Blood: A Father, a Son and a Tell-Tale Crime Scene Investigation Hardcover – March 1, 2005
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*Starred Review* One bedroom, showing blood that could not be washed away, provides most of the forensic evidence and forms an indelible image of horror in this gripping true-crime suspense story. In 1991, Scott Dunn, a 24-year-old Lubbock, Texas, man, disappeared. No body was found. No weapon was found. But a photographic forensic test using the chemical Luminol found his blood all over the walls, ceiling, floor--even the doorknobs in his bedroom. Journalist Evans meshes the story of the young man's murder (involving admirably clear explanations of forensic science and legal hurdles) with the story of Dunn's father, James, whose love for his son propels him to push the investigation forward for the following six years. By placing the emotional weight of the book on the grieving father, a living victim, Evans gives the book an emotional wallop that many true-crime stories lack. From the moment James receives a strangely unemotional phone call from Scott's live-in girlfriend stating that Scott has disappeared, readers will be caught up in the father's deep foreboding. Even though the action takes place over a period of six years, with much of it marked by frustrations stemming from police inaction and outdated Texas law, this quest story never loses its suspense or its emotional hold on the reader. A brilliant and utterly gripping mix of crime-scene investigation and courtroom drama. Connie Fletcher
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Traces of blood were found in the bedroom twenty-four year-old Scott Dunn shared with his girlfriend Leisha--but there was no body, no weapon, no witnesses. Just the charmingly manipulative Leisha, and a case growing colder by the day. What no one counted on was the fierce determination of a father who was driven to find out what happened on that violent night, and why. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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One night, that father received a phone call from a girl, saying his son was missing . They lived several states apart, but were in frequent contact with each other . He had no clue who this girl was, or what had happened to his son .
What followed was a six year journey of talks with police, evidence gathering , and constantly waiting for some type of news about what had happened to his son .
Your heart just breaks for this father ,who sounded like he loved his son so much, and all he wanted was answers .
The last third of the book is trial related , and it drags a bit through that part, but it was a very well done book, with the author being very sympathetic of the father and telling a story of a young man who will never get to live the life he deserved .
You will be outraged by the outcome!
Although the writing is somewhat dry at times, this book presents a good portrait of the principal characters and also shows the difficulty of solving a murder where there is no weapon, no witnesses, no confessions, and worst of all, no body. The time frame covers over six years between Scott's disappearance and the convictions of his killers, but the suspense remains throughout. I'm sure I'm not the only one who was outraged when I discovered at the end that one of the murder defendants was sentenced to probation, and the other is already being considered for parole. Trail of Blood is a decent read, particularly those who are interested in forensics, since it goes into so much detail about the physical evidence.
(UPDATE: Scott Dunn's body turned up in May 2012, just three doors down from his own home. The police had figured he was buried somewhere close by. He'd died of blunt force trauma to the head -- again, as expected.)
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