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Titel: An American Killing (1st edition hardback)
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Good
Auflage: First Edition.
Good+/good 1st edition 1998 Headline hardback, unclipped DJ, impressive crime thriller. Some spine lean, corner wear and small nicks to DJ with a little rubbing to boards, unmarked, Sent Airmail at no extra cost; Worldwide Shipping IMMEDIATE 1ST CLASS/AIRMAIL DISPATCH Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Crime Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9780747221012. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 024928. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 024928
Inhaltsangabe: Three people killed in New Caxton, and days later a black man was accused and sent to Death Row. Owen Hall waylays true-crime writer, Denise Burke, and says the man's a scapegoat. Something sinister is going on in New Caxton, and if she goes there she'll find an explosive plot for her next book.
Rezension: As a novice writer, Ann Rule worked beside serial killer Ted Bundy for months before his identity as a mass murderer was unmasked. Rule broke into the literary big time with The Stranger Beside Me, exposing the hidden side of the man she thought she knew. But Rule did more than whet a national appetite for true crime stories with her ground-breaking book. She also gave Mary-Ann Tirone Smith, the author of four critically acclaimed novels, a model for Denise Burke, the heroine of this unusually well written story of sex, crime and politics. Burke is equally at ease in Washington, D.C., where her husband is Bill Clinton's adviser on domestic affairs and she and Hillary trade wardrobe tips on what to wear to Parent's Day at Sitwell Friends School (hint: you can't go wrong with a suit) and in New Caxton, Rhode Island, where Eddie Baines was tried and found guilty for a gruesome triple slaying he may not have committed. It's not the kind of crime Burke usually writes about--for one thing, it doesn't have a hero, and every good true crime book needs one. But Owen Hall, Burke's lover and New Claxton's congressman, has a personal interest in seeing the truth come out about the murders, so she starts investigating. The truth turns out to be much more horrifying than either Burke or the congressman expected and it keeps readers turning the pages to see the effect it has on the town, its founding family and other inhabitants, and Burke's own life. What sets An American Killing apart from other books in the genre is Smith's talent for characterisation--not only the major figures in the novel, but the minor ones, too; especially Poppy, the head of the FBI crime lab and Burke's best friend; Nick Burke, Burke's husband; Rosie Owzciak, the town librarian, and New Caxton itself, a dying town whose fortunes are tied to those of Owen Hall and his brother Charles. This is a smart, sexy, completely engrossing novel that should win its author the wide commercial acceptance that her previous novels deserve. -- Jane Adams
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