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Date With the Devil [Kindle Edition]

Don Lasseter , Ronald E. Bowers
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MURDER IN THE FAST LANEDavid Mahler, a 43-year-old east coast lawyer, came to Hollywood for the celebrity lifestyle, the movie industry, and the women. At his seven-level home in the Hollywood Hills, Mahler rubbed elbows with the seedy elements of the entertainment world: wannabe rock stars, drug lords, and porn stars—one of whom introduced him to Kristin Baldwin, a pretty, upbeat blonde. One night, during a violent argument in his bedroom, a vicious, drug-crazed Mahler grabbed a gun. A shot rang out—and Kristin was never seen alive again.

"True crime aficionados will savor this riveting read."

—Publishers Weekly </>on Honeymoon with a Killer

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2839 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (5 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G023EK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #380,278 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Date with the devil 9 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Know of most of the locations having been in Hollywood not so long ago,what a sad story,even though a clever man ,still needs o be kept under lock and key Joy Page England
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1.0 out of 5 stars just horrid 29 Aug. 2012
By J. Nelson - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
seems like the two authors must have been paid by the word. they throw in disjointed background information and long rambling asides thst make no sense at all to the story. this doesnt even rate as bad true crime. its tiresome and boring. i
couldnt finish it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Yawn 28 Sept. 2012
By zenbren - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The most interesting parts of the book were the descriptions of the scenery and location in the Hollywood Hills.
I read this 2 weeks ago and couldn't tell you anything about it except the victim, at least, wasn't portrayed as perfect. Too much money and too many drugs: not really surprising murder was done. Skip this one unless you're really desperate for something new to read, like I was.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One of Lasseter's Better Books, But Still Not Great 26 Sept. 2012
By Kim Cantrell - Published on
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David Mahler needed a change. He'd spent years working as an attorney in New York and New Jersey but now the draw of California's year-round warmth was beckoning to him.

That, and the intense rumors of his being connected to the Mob. Plus he had a girlfriend out there, so why not?

After Mahler landed in California, he found his litigating days pretty much over since he couldn't pass the California bar exam. After two unsuccessful attempts Mahler declared himself a commodities trader and established a good clientele - good enough for David to live in a seven-story home overlooking the Los Angeles basin featuring a breath-taking skyline and a view of the famous "HOLLYWOOD" sign. And Mahler's new career also allowed him to own a couple of Jaguars and take exotic vacations.

While Mahler may have appeared to be living a lifestyle of the rich and famous, truth was that Mahler was actually existing as one of the drugged-out and trashy sorts.

Surrounding himself with hookers, porn stars, and other junkies, Mahler was trouble waiting to happen.

And it finally did in the wee morning hours of Sunday, May 27, 2007. A couple of guys living in the studio apartments of Mahler's home overheard ear-piercing arguments between Mahler and a woman and then a shot rang out. Soon thereafter Mahler tried to recruit the men to help him dispose of the body.

If not for the bravery of one of those men, the body of Kristen Baldwin may have went unidentified after it was discovered on the heels of near car accident in the California desert.

Now true crime author Don Lasseter along with Los Angeles County prosecutor Ronald Bowers recounts the tale of a lawless lawyer who found himself doing time in a California prison in their new book Date With the Devil.

I have to say this is one of the better Lasseter books I've read in a while, even despite it's lack of background information on David Mahler as well as the sugar-coated description of the victim's life.

At one point Ron Bowers wonders why the media was all over the story of Phil Spector and the murder of Lana Clarkson, especially considering the colorful cast of characters including prostitutes, adult film actors, and drugs. Well, quite frankly, I think he answered his own question. It's a story of two fighting addicts that turns deadly.

Not really news in today's world. But before anyone says, no one deserves to die in such a violent manner but if you're living the life, you're at high risk. But while I may not be able to garner up as much sympathy for the victims in these type situations, I can feel sorry for their families and do. Their families undoubtedly wished for their loved one to get away from "the life" and was devastated when that chance came to an abrupt end. And that breaks my heart.

So, that said - Date With the Devil by Don Lasseter and Ronald E. Bowers isn't a shocking story, but an interesting one nonetheless. You'll walk away feeling a little cheated on how someone with such potential wound up being sentenced to more than 20 years in prison but not so much I would say skip it altogether.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars NOTHING TO RAVE ABOUT 12 Aug. 2012
By Gocho - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book started out real good and as it went on I felt like the author changed his writing style. It read real disjointed. I couldn't wait to get to the end.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring 17 Aug. 2012
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is so boring.
It feels as if the author took the trial transcripts and copied and pasted them into a book.
The book is also repetitive.
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