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True Crime: Real-Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-robbing, and More Paperback – June 11, 2013

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About the Author

Over the past 25 years, editor Lee Gutkind has written 15 books, including Truckin' with Sam, Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, and Almost Human: Making Robots Think. The founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction, the first literary journal devoted exclusively to the genre, he lives in Pittsburgh.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: In Fact Books (June 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937163148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937163143
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is not "reported" nonfiction. This is a collection of personal essays. I read the other reviews, where people still gave it 4 stars but were puzzled that the crimes were never solved as they usually are in books from the True Crime section of the bookstore. That should be a testament in itself that this book is great: other reviewers wanted tidy crime stories, got real life instead, and still liked the book. What is the book then? In life (though not in movies), less than 30% of violent crimes are solved, according to FBI statistics. This is not a book of whodunits. This is a book that speculates intelligently, passionately, beautifully, about the nature of violence ("Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream?"), about the effect on peripheral victims, the neighbors and friends and family members who grieve ("Leviathan"). It's about how people survive knowledge of evil once they have encountered it.

So don't buy this book if you want a whodunit. Buy this book if you want to read true stories about the way that life is usually messier and more perplexing than Hollywood would let you believe. This book will break your heart and give you courage.
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This was not what I expected. Most true crime books are about violent crimes, usually murder, and the title indicated this would be the same. And certainly there are murder stories here, but there are also stories of identity theft, smuggling priceless archaeological artefacts, Mike Tyson and the ear-biting incident with Evander Hollifield, etc. So true-crime fans bewarned: this may not be your cup of tea.

The stories, being by different authors, were of varying quality, and some held my interest more than others. I think I liked the second one, "Leviathan," the best -- though it frustrated me that there was no ending to that story, no conclusion. However, as these accounts are supposed to be nonfiction, my guess is that it's still an unsolved case.

I'd say this book was worth reading, though I'm probably not going to read it a second time.

(I got this free from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.)
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Before I start my review, I want to state that I won this book through a GoodReads First Reads giveaway. This is the first book that I won (which may or may not have swayed my rating of it...). The following is my honest opinion.

Edited by: Lee Gutkind

My rating: 4/5 stars

This book was different than what I was expecting (which is both a good and bad thing). This is good, as I am wanting to expand what I read (reading the same story with just different characters, etc. is annoying and tiring after a while). This is bad because (at first) it irritated me a bit. I was not annoyed enough to put the book down, but it did delay my reading of this book.

I liked that there was a collection of stories of various crimes. It was not just murder, rape, etc. ... The book talked about crimes that I feel are sometimes ignored by "popular media" (whatever that means). There is no thing as a "victim-less crime" and this book proves that.

These stories were written in first person. I loved that! Out of the few crime books that I have read, it is almost always "he did this" or "she ran away" and blahblahblah. (Yes, I understand that generally the murderer and/or victim(s) are dead / cannot be contacted, etc. ... It's just something I felt like pointing out.) Having a first person account of these things made the book feel a little more personal.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has a slight interest in any of the items listed on the cover (abduction, addiction, obsession, murder, or grave-robbing). None of the stories were hard to read / follow. I think anyone in a high school level (or older) would/could enjoy this book.

Sincerely,

Taylor

Have any questions, requests, etc.? Then feel free to send me an e-mail at taylorreadingblog23@yahoo.com
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