Schechter describes each murder as it occurs but after a while they re actually boring the showing of the room, the murder, the discovery He does a good job of describing what else is going on in the world, like Lucky Lindy s flight, which is kind of cool It gets interesting once the Canadians realize they re got a killer in their midst and people start chasing him Anyway, this one is going in the get rid of bag.
Disappointing ReadThe blurb for this book was fascinating, compelling me to lay down 12 dollars, which is very rare for me I have read Schechter, which was another reason for my purchase and disappointment Unfortunately, this book reads like a series of newspaper articles, and as such gets quite repetitive even through 22 murders Earle Nelson would be a fascinating character to explore, but he is not explored in this book We are presented with a shallow presentation of facts that becomes, mindboggling so, boring Sad to say, I cannot recommend it.
Three stars only because I m a weirdo and really wanted it to be graphic Interesting read though.
On Friday, May 25, 2007 I wrote about this book Finished reading this book last night As always Mister Schechter makes this period alive for you He kept me interested from page 1 till the last I have read a lot of books by this author now Only one was very disappointing, Fatal but all the others, like Deranged, Deviant Depraved were great.
Now I need to get my hands on Fiend.
Creepy He s like the Ted Bundy of 1926
I really enjoyed Harold Schechter s writing style The John Douglas books are just packed with facts and insights which no one seems to be able to equal and on the other end of the spectrum is Truman Capote s In Cold Blood which reads like a novel and could be the best True Crime book ever Schechter is a very good mix of the two Considering, first, the time period it happened It was long ago and being able to get together the facts and make it interesting for the reader is a gift Secondly, Nelson covered a lot of ground, from San Fran to Philly, Buffalo and up to the Great White North That s a lot of newspapers, police reports and traveling to pull it all together It certainly makes me want to read of his books.
One other thing I d like to point out is that on the page for this book it compares this book to Ann Rules books The subject matter is similar but her books put me to sleep Bestial is much better written.
I love how Schechter ties historical events into his stories You can learn about history while enjoying a fascinating true crime tale.