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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Your Typical True Crime Novel, 9 Oct 2005
This review is from: On the House: The Bizare Killing of Michael Malloy (Berkley True Crime) (Mass Market Paperback)
Looking for a serious, harrowing book about criminal masterminds? Fuggedaboutit! On the House will indeed keep you up all night and have you in tears - of laughter. Even years of reading dumb criminal anecdotes couldn't prepare me for this book. The persistence of both the crooks and their erstwhile victim should have made it into the Guiness Book of World Records. So should Simon Read for keeping his face straight long enough to bring this bizarre story to print.
On the House covers the exploits of a gang of lowlifes dubbed The Murder Trust as they try to pull off a simple murder-for-insurance scheme. They had it all planned: the insurance, the murder method, and the victim. Unfortunately, they chose a victim with more lives than a Hindu cat. The holding power of this book is not the brutality of the crime or the sympathetic qualities of the victim: it's the horrified fascination as we watch this witless bunch of crooks verge on nervous breakdowns as their every attempt is met with abject failure. Their victim takes everything they serve up and keeps coming back for more.
Honestly, I started getting just as desperate. Read does an expert job of putting us in these feeble criminals' minds. He shows why each attempt should have worked, so we share the crooks' disbelief as the victim survives - not once, not twice, but dozens of times.
I've never read a true crime book like it. Neither have you. So if you're ready to set aside the serial killers and the Mobsters and read about Keystone Kriminals instead, pick up this book. And then raise a glass in honor of Mike "Iron Man" Malloy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ON THE HOUSE, 18 Feb 2012
This review is from: On the House: The Bizare Killing of Michael Malloy (Berkley True Crime) (Mass Market Paperback)
Super read, a real page turner. I read this book cover to cover in a day. You won't want to put it down.
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On the House: The Bizare Killing of Michael Malloy (Berkley True Crime) by Simon Read (Mass Market Paperback - 4 Oct 2005)
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