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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; Reissue edition (8 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786029277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786029273
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 408,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burl Barer is an Edgar Award winner and two time Anthony Award nominee with extensive experience in radio, television, journalism and film. In addition to writing true crime, the new adventures of Leslie Charteris' THE SAINT, mysteries, supernatural thrillers and pop-culture commentary, Barer also hosts the award winning Internet radio show, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED on outlawradiousa.com. He also is a frequent guest on such television shows as DEADLY SINS, SNAPPED, SCORNED, DEADLY WOMEN, and BEHIND MANSION WALLS. He also is a regular contributor to TRUE CRIMES TV on Hart Fisher's AMERICAN HORRORS channel on filmon.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Judi Faye on 19 Jan. 2007
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Okay , I admit that I am crazy about Burl Barer. I keep a Burl Barer book by my bedside, and enjoy everything between the covers. :-) Body Count is the true story of the Spokane Serial Killer, Robert Lee Yates, Jr. Mostly he killed women of "high risk lifestyles" because they were disposable (to him). Barer does a masterful job of revealing his victims as real women with real families, lives, hopes, and problems other than being murdered by Mr. Yates. Anyone who reads true crime MUST own this book.
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By Mrs Sue Mee on 11 April 2014
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Absolutely absorbing read-a new True Crime author for me. I have long been a fan of Ann Rule but am running out of her books!
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By Miss Cindy J Chaplin on 20 Nov. 2013
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I read a lot of true crime and I found this book difficult to get into. At the end, I felt like I knew little about the killer, his victims or the people who brought him to justice.
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Excellent book. For anyone who has an interest in this type of factual reading, this book is well-written and gripping.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
IN DEPTH, INSIGHTFUL, AND COMPELLING 20 Dec. 2005
By Ms Goodhead - Published on Amazon.com
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I simply had to respond to the absurd review posted by someone saying that there was no background information in this book about the killer, his childhood, etc. NONSENSE. This book delves into Yate's childhood, upbringing, the tragedy of an ax murder in his family, his molestation by a nieghbor boy when he was younger, the disintegration of his first marriage and his peculiar sexual proclivities indicated early on. Yes, the book creates sympathy for the victims, and yes the investigative process was long and tortuous, but I would never term BODY COUNT "boring" unless you consider top notch journalistic investigation coupled with brilliant narrative skills, "boring."

The only "fault" i could find with BODY COUNT was that it tends to be episodic -- and that is because the killing spree and the investigation were exactly that.

Barer is beyond a doubt the finest investigative true crime author. The only one better was Jack Olsen, and he died. Anyone who likes true crime will find Barer's books of the highest quality -- and BODY COUNT is no exception. It doesn't have the narrative thrust of his MURDER IN THE FAMILY, but BODY COUNT is one hell of a wild, disturbing ride.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Another Burl Barer Classic! 24 Mar. 2003
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I don't know why Burl Barer isn't getting more attention for his powerful, haunting, and disturbing true-crime books. He has an uncanny knack for finding the most unusual murder cases to explore and manages to get inside the minds of the gruesome killers he profiles. This isn't just a paperback court transcript and a hodge-podge of newspaper clippings. Barer brings a fiction-writers skill and a journalist's hunger for facts to his unforgettable true crime tales.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Incredible research, tragic details, shocking story 8 Jun. 2006
By Judi Faye - Published on Amazon.com
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Burl Barer is, in my opinion, the #1 true crime writer in America. Each book takes a tragic case, elevates the victims' deaths to the level of sacrifice, and probes the inner working of the killer's mind and upbringing. I was mystified by the review that said there was no information about Yates' life and upbringing -- in truth, Barer delves deeply into Yates personal history. An added shocker is that author Burl Barer knew Yates' first victims, and also knew one of Yates' final victims. Both the killer and author lived in the same small town; their daughters attending the same school.

Unlike Mark Fuhrman's book about the same case, Barer's is accurate in detail. Yes, there is one unsolved murdrer after another...a repetitive "problem" with serial killers -- but Barer uses this very aspect of the case, and the dead ends of the investigation for many years, to heighten the sense of frustration and desperation that haunted the Homicide Task Force prior to their arrest of Robert Lee Yates. If you want to read true crime at its best, pick up any book by Burl Barer.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An interesting case written by a great author 18 Jan. 2006
By Tanya Mravik - Published on Amazon.com
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Body Count was a very interesting read. As an avid true crime fan, I don't remember hearing about the Yates case until now. Burl Barer perfectly balanced Yates' background with the investigation and victims' stories. Ann Rule is still my favorite true crime author, but Burl Barer is a close second.

The reason why I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 was because of several typographical errors throughout the book and the name of one victim not being consistent throughout the book. As a proofreader, these errors stood out and bothered me. If readers ignore these things, you will enjoy reading this book.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Mediocre True Crime 15 Mar. 2010
By Stephanos - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm sure the tale of the Spokane Serial Killer is probably a fascinating one, but you wouldn't know it from this book. I found the narrative to be disjointed, jumpy, unconnected and downright annoying to follow. There was much too little time spent is describing the actual crimes (Yates did confess, didn't he?) and too much on police report fluff. We are even informed that the police picked up their twinkie wrappers after a night-time stakeout of a crime scene. There are also quite a few paragraphs trumpeting the cause of prostitutes. Sure, they are real people who don't deserve to be killed, but this book is hardly the place for making this a cause celebre. And do I note a subtle but persistent anti-Christian subtext here? Is the real danger to society those pesky religious Christians and not the actual killers?

Please spend a little more time in proofreading. There were quite a few typos. And please note the difference between "moral" and "morale". These two were confused several times.

I bought this tome based upon the front jacket recommendation of the great Jack Olsen, one of my favorite true crime writers, a master of the genre. I've read all of Jack Olsen and this is not in the same league.

Not a dreadful book, but just mediocre.
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