On Amazon US the reviews complain about the bias towards the various law enforcement agencies involved in the case and the lack of interviews with gang members, victims/family members etc. I understand somewhat peoples disappointment in this book-it is a very one sided account of an intriguing case of American true crime. The title does give some indication of the books viewpoint though and if reading forewarned the book fulfils its brief.
What this book offers is an accurate but dry account of the case-nothing more. In that it succeeds, I know much more about the events than I did previously but nothing about the perpetrators and the lives they effected. Recommended as a primer only. You will have to research the net to find anecdotes from people who where there at the time. Plenty can be found if you have the time and dig deep enough.
The definitive book on the Johnston clan has yet to be written. In lieu of this Mowday's book will have to suffice.
The 1986 film At Close Range is an fairly accurate adaption of the case. It has good early performances from both Penn brothers and Christopher Walken gives an effortlessly chilling portrayal of the family patriarch.At Close Range [DVD