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Marred by sloppy editing
on 30 December 2015
This is a well-researched book, but it is let down badly by cliched writing and shockingly poor editing, even for a self-published effort.
At its core is a chronological account of the Arbuckle trials and the frequently hysterical media coverage which surrounded them. There’s plenty of detail culled from the court transcripts, press releases and newspaper articles, and these make for interesting reading in their own right.
However, the flaws of the book greatly outnumber its merits. Kizer frequently mixes up the facts of the case with his own opinions, for instance by stating what various characters are thinking or feeling, without providing any supporting evidence. At one point, he pads out the already bloated narrative with a random digression about Babe Ruth, who had no connection with Arbuckle. Perhaps most seriously, virtually every page has at least one glaring spelling or grammatical error which any half decent proofreader ought to have caught before publication.
Kizer has definitely done his homework and deserves credit for his research and knowledge. If ever a book was in need of a really thorough edit, though, this is it.