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Catch the Sparrow: A Search for a Sister and the Truth of Her Murder by Rachel Rear - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781635577235
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - February 1st, 2022

To me, this is true crime at its best: personal, poignant and compelling. The author delves deeply into the murder of her step-sister whom she never actually met but whose disappearance she lived with for most of her life. This exploration of the crime and its aftermath is deeply personal and illuminates how complex the relationship is between victim, survivors, law enforcement and even the perpetrator. It is also, unfortunately, a chilling reminder of the unfortunate truth that women are frequently subjected to violence and abuse, from those they know and from totally random strangers. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles - Book Review

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781616209094
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2022

Although my final takeaway was frustration and anger with the ultimately inconclusive investigation, this beautifully written narrative kept me glued to the page throughout.
It is not only a rigorously researched account of the unsolved murders of two women on in the Shenandoah Park in 1996, and an unproved but substantially documented uncovering of the true culprit; but also an emotional and empathetic study of what happens when violence shatters the belief of the wilderness as a place of beauty and respite, the effects of which can ripple down decades. A must read for all women and lovers of the outdoors. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616209094
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2022

Detailed, disturbing depiction of the brutal murder of two young women in the Shenandoah National Park in 1996. The tragedy is compounded by revelations of inept investigations by the National Park Service and FBI, who were so intent on collaring their chosen suspect that they completely ignored compelling evidence that they caught the wrong man. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Trailed: One Woman's Quest to Solve the Shenandoah Murders by Kathryn Miles - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781616209094
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Published: Algonquin Books - May 3rd, 2022

The savage murders of Julie Williams and Lollie Winans in Virginia's Shenandoah National Park have gone unresolved for over 25 years. In May of 1996, these two young seasoned, highly skilled backcountry leaders who had fallen in love working at a world-renowned outdoor center for women the previous year, were found savagely murdered at their campsite. I never intended to read Trailed, by reporter Kathryn Miles, but great books pull you in. This is how I learned so much more about the true history of women in wild places, why crimes are so much harder to crack in the wilderness, and the painstaking 5 years of research doggedly pursued by a courageous reporter who refused to settle for what seems to be bungled investigations by the National Park Service, FBI, and Virginia state police. Trailed is an important book that I hope circulates far and wide. Kathryn Miles may just yet bring peace to the long suffering families and friends of Julie and Lollie. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


Helltown: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer on Cape Cod by Casey Sherman - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781728245959
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Published: Sourcebooks - July 12th, 2022

Most people would consider Tony Costa a monster. Norman Mailer and Kurt Vonnegut both saw him as an opportunity. Costa was a charismatic manipulator, who sustained his jumbled life by selling drugs and serving as a paid informer for the local police in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He emerged as the chief suspect in a series of grisly murders of young women, whose dismembered bodies were discovered in an isolated section of woods on Cape Cod. Mailer was haunted by the idea that Costa's cult-like followers would harm his family after he showed an interest in writing about the case. Vonnegut, also a Provincetown resident, was finally beginning to enjoy success and believed that the brutal killings would make a compelling follow-up to "Slaughterhouse-Five." "Hell Town" is an unsparing trek into the mind of a twisted, merciless killer and the efforts by two literary giants to venture down a dark and dangerous path and enter into it. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Blessed Are the Bank Robbers: The True Adventures of an Evangelical Outlaw by Chas Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419754739
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Published: Abrams Press - March 15th, 2022

Smith channels Hunter S. Thompson in his tale of Cousin Danny: an outcast in a prominent west coast evangelical family who robs banks again, and again, and again. While not a bank robber himself, Smith finds an allegiance with his cousin while looking askance at his crimes. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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