This study was published years before the infamous Matthew Shepard murder in 1998. It is a great first book on the topic. It's written in a study form and may bore those that don't like numbers or academics' tone. It has a bland boring cover. Still, it digs deep into this tragedy. I think for lawyers or progressive activists, this is a good book to own as a reference materials. So many gay and lesbian studies text have that one token chapter on hate crimes; it's great that we have an anthology which examines this horrid phenomenon in depth.