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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action takes place over a period of six years, with much of it marked by frustrations stemming from police inaction and outdated Texas law, this quest story never loses its suspense or its emotional hold on the reader.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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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 .
A father's never-ending love for his son & the lengths he goes to try & find his son.
When it becomes obvious that Scott Dunn will not be found alive, Jim focuses on trying to
find his son's body. It's heartbreaking to see the frustration & all that crap he had to wade through.
Armed with a warriors heart, Jim Dunn decides to go after his son's killers.
It's chilling to read & see (in the pictures) how much "evidence" there is! Blood everywhere!
In the end justice prevails.
But watch out - the real live killers will be released from prison soon.
A well written book about a true tradegy.