The Dean Corll case was so horrific that entities as diverse as the Vatican and the Soviet Union felt compelled to comment on it. Corll was a Houston based candy maker who, along with a pair of teenage accomplises murdered nearly 30 boys (and probably many more) in a depressed Houston neighborhood known, ironically, as the Heights. Olsen makes it clear that Corll operated as long as he did due to a mixture of cultural breakdown, official indifference/incompotence, and the foolish behavior of the teens and boys themselves. Not as epic in length as Olsen's best books, but many of his later themes are prevalent here: the relentless search for missing children by pained parents who, sometimes, drift off into a fantasy world in which they avoid the awful truth; the economic misery and hardship that breeds criminals and victims, and the toll that a psychopath takes from those around him, his victims and their families, and those close to him. Yes, like other reviewers have pointed out, the Texas drawl gets tiring ("hail fire" for "hell fire" and so one), but it is hardly a fatal flaw. If nothing else it is a book that harkens back to when a "true crime" book wasn't a poorly writen and researched hack job by a journalism school drop out.