4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 January 1998
I began thinking this book was a parody of a detective novel and then found I just had to finish it to find out exactly what drove Mr. Wambaugh to fall so far from the excellence of his watershed book, The Onion Field. I never discovered his motivation, but stand convinced that this work is over-researched and poorly presented with a combination of well-worn detective book phrases and redundant event coverage. I cannot recommend this book to any serious reader.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2008
The blurb on the cover would indicate a pretty hot read. However nothing could be further from the truth. Wambaugh restricts himself to stenographer-like narrative of the events or non-events of the case. The murder itself is treated as almost a side issue in favour of the verbal sparring and relationships between the main protagonists. Anyone gulled into buying this in the hope of reading about steamy kinky sex in a small community will be sadly disappointed.
As a footnote I gather Mr Wambaugh got into a spot of bother involving his relationship with one of the investigators and came away with a blot on his reputation.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
I read this years ago - watched the mini-series about 1987 ahem - yep getting old - but what a riveting and crazy real life story.
Why would a mild and socially innocent teacher lead her 2 kids and herself to die - incredible!
finally on kindle - but I still wish they knew what happened to her kids and got them back safe with their mother.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 1998
...the story presented by Wambaugh is a fascinating character study. Read it, and draw your own conclusions. As a back up you should try reading Engaged to Murder where another author interviews both defendants! ! . The lies of both are nicely showcased.