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This review is from: In Plain Sight: The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile (Hardcover)
This is a chilling but utterly compelling account of a man who became "a national treasure" despite the fact that he was a dangerously unhinged psychotic personality. Davies grew to know Savile over the course of many interviews and social occasions. A serious journalist, he never flinches from the severity of Savile's crimes but never dwells gratuitously on the horror of it all. The tone throughout is measured, perfectly judged.
Davies leaves you in no doubt how and why Savile got away with his crimes for so long. His showbiz persona became an impregnable wall. His cunning knew no bounds. He ensured that he was so firmly installed at the centre of the establishment that he was protected at every turn. The greater his fame, the further removed he became from his appalling criminal behaviour.
This is both a deeply unsettling journey into the heart of darkness and a fiercely intelligent study of celebrity-fuelled psychosis.
I read it in two sittings. I would highly recommend it.