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Monster [Kindle Edition]

Steve Jackson
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"One of the best books short of the famous Ann Rule works." --True Crime Book Reviews

On a snowy winter evening in 1982, twenty-one-year-old Mary Brown accepted a ride from a handsome stranger in the resort town of Breckenridge, Colorado. The trip ended with her brutally beaten and raped. Mary survived, but her predator's violence had only just begun.

After ten years in prison, Tom Luther was released a far more vicious criminal. Soon, from the Rockies to West Virginia, like Ted Bundy, Luther enticed a chain of women into his murderous trap. In this gripping new edition of a true crime masterpiece, acclaimed author Steve Jackson recounts the intriguing pursuit and long awaited conviction of a charismatic, monstrous psychopath--one who remains a suspect in three other crimes, and has never given up hope of escape.

"Steve Jackson is a born storyteller. He makes you sweat. . .and turn the page." --Ron Franscell, author of The Darkest Night

Includes 16 Pages Of Dramatic Photos

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2362 KB
  • Print Length: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle; Reprint edition (2 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,211 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Content- and price-wise, a terrific value 22 Oct. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alert, True Crime fans! For those of us who feast on the genre and who have known too often the frustration--a kind of tawdry humiliation, really, considering the subject-matter--of spending good dollars for bad product, Steve Jackson's "Monster" is superb value both content- and price-wise. At a beefy 530 pages (Amazon's count is uncharacteristically incorrect), Jackson's book is well-researched and features a clear narrative account that is beyond mere "easy to follow"--this book enters the realm of the "could not put it down." The book's length allows its author to include a wealth of detail regarding the heinous crimes of one Thomas Luther, and allows him to do so in an unstilted manner--there's not an incident recounted here that reads awkwardly. Unlike many convoluted attempts by authorial wannabes, Jackson's prose is the real deal; it reads as true as its recounted conversations ring. The book records the pursuit of Luther by Detective Scott Richardson, and documents the twists, turns, and inner turmoil involved in a case of this nature: As Richardson struggles first to find the body of Cher Elder and then to prove the case against the sociopathic Luther, a chronic repeat offender, the reader becomes an active agent in that pursuit, rather than a passive follower of it. Those of you well-read in the genre know what I mean when I say that this is an extremely difficult task for a writer. Jackson is worth two Ann Rules and three Jack Olsens, and those are writers I much admire. Indeed, other than Capote's "In Cold Blood," the Platonic ideal for a true-crime tome, I can think of no book I've found more of an enjoyable challenge. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad... 5 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed reading the book and found the story itself fascinating. My one complaint is that it was perhaps 100 pages too long. The author, while I commend him for his thoroughness, dragged the story out a bit and at times it seemed extremely repetitive. Certainly any fan of true crime accounts will find the story compelling, but don't expect a smooth, easy, fluid read.
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'Monster' by Steve Jackson was originally published in 1988 and re-issued in 2013. The book falls into the 'True Crime' genre and is a long, detailed look at the life and crimes of Tom Luther a convicted multiple murderer. Luther committed his crimes in and around Colarado, USA, and though convicted and imprisoned for many years, unlikely to be released, he is possibly guilty of more horror than has been attributed to him.

Steve Jackson has put a huge amount of research into this book and brings every tiny piece of evidence to the fore. You will learn much about Luther but you'll also get to know his victims, there could be many more as yet undiscovered or unreported, as the people they were before they fell prey to this particular Monster.

The American legal system and police investigation comes in for close scrutiny as do the people closest to Luther who seemed to turn a blind eye and allow him to carry on. Could he have been stopped sooner?. There seems to be a case made here that suggests he could.

Jackson reports graphically on the injuries and mode of death of the victims, it's hard to read, but he does so in a clear, reporting style delivering the facts in order to build a thorough profile. Events are meticulously recreated without becoming gratuitous or thrill seeking.

If I have a criticism it would have to be the length of the book, over 500 pages, which sees Steve Jackson looping around chasing the same thread. He's quite often thinking out aloud, working things out, and it's all here on paper. I would have preferred a sharper, cleaner edit but that's just a personal opinion.

I would recommend 'Monster' to those with patience and time who enjoy thoroughly researched true crime. I hadn't heard of Steve Jackson and downloaded 'Monster' by chance while on holiday last weekend. I'll read more by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars VERY Well Researched Indeed 19 Oct. 2014
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This was VERY well researched indeed and I enjoyed it a great deal, though some silly mistakes cost it one star for me. Especially as the author's revisited it some years after original publication and I'd have hoped others may have spotted them and passed them on to correct. Most were words dropped from sentences like of/as/a/to and some spelling mistakes-like Gacey and not Gacy, accent and not accentuate, chargrined and not chagrinned, giris and not girls, occassion not occasion, imporant not important, drown not down.....not good. Then one person was Will on one page and Joe the next. There were apostrophe errors as well so editing is sloppy.
That aside, I'll certainly look for more in this genre by him as he does a really good job. I saw reviews mentioning repetition but it was a long book and in a few instances it was handy and saved me flicking back and forth.
I'd never heard of Thomas Luther and his awful crimes before so all credit to Mr Jackson for telling us all about him and also for ensuring Mary, Heather and Cher won't be forgotten. A huge salute to Scott Richardson and all he did to bring Luther to justice, too. He really went over and above the call of duty. The passages about the funeral arrangements had me in tears...I had a lot of time for Southy Healey too. Most of those Luther associated were as big a liars as he is but Southy came good. I thought Deb was a flake and her husband a saint for putting up with her. I lost patience with her just reading about her.
The Footloose story mention was interesting so Googled it but it says it was based around a place called Elmore City in Chicago and not Purdy in Missouri which was disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
Thankfully a police officer that is so diligent in his work never giving up, even after the case had gone almost cold. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Michelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
A must read book. Just buy it and you wont want to put it down. Every character comes to life - some you'll loathe, some you'll love and some you could weep for. A remarkable book.
Published 8 months ago by Michael C
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
One of the best true crime books I've ever read. Yes it is long but that's because Steve Jackson has given a well detailed, thorough account of the Monster and his crimes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars monster by steve jackson
read this book after being told about it by my son,it has to be the bast book I have ever read,the detail is quite amazing,and just so well written,felt every location,in the wind... Read more
Published 13 months ago by busylizzy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
Whilst I thoroughly enjoyed this well researched and detailed book it was 100 pages too long. A definitive record of a fascinating subject .
Published 17 months ago by Jimmy P
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
As far as true crime books go this is amongst the best and I've read many, hard to put down,
Published 17 months ago by Laty
4.0 out of 5 stars Monster
It is what it says on the package. What else can I say. My likings might not be somebody else.
Published 18 months ago by patricia morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster
Wow! What a story,Why do women always believe they can save their man ,best place for him,all the man hours plus other murders to get the actual killer,fantastic true read,Joy Page... Read more
Published 20 months ago by joy page
5.0 out of 5 stars Great true crime story
This is a first class true crime book which is about how a detective refused to give up on bringing to justice a serial killer of young women. Extremely well written.
Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by essex
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