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Bully: a True Story of High School Revenge Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2002
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About the Author
Jim Schutze has been nominated for two Edgar awards. He is the author of By Two and Two and Preacher's Girl. The Dallas bureau chief of of the Houston Chronicle, he has been an investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press and the Dallas Times Herald. He now lives in Dallas with his wife and son.
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In particular, what I found so disturbing was the way that Shultz was able to get me as a reader to see that there is a grey area in murders - it isn't a question of did they kill, for that goes without saying. But if they did, are they guilty of murder? Are they responsible for they're actions? Isn't the murder a predictable response to the years of abuse that they had suffered? There is a constant and uncomfortable presence of this idea of a thin line between good and evil and the duality that exists within the individual.
I found myself literally at his mercy as I was exposed to some of the most brutal forms of assault and found myself sympathising more with the killers than I did with the eventual victim. But as the book unfolded, I was forced to question my own vision of morality – is it only self-defence if you are protecting yourself at the time? Can it be self-defence if you are trying to protect yourself from the future? When does it cease to be self-defence and turn out to be brutal murder?
I cannot say, but in reading the book it is certainly a question that will need to be answered.
The story - Absolutely tragic. A terrible waste of young minds - young lives. But what is really awful is that this can happen again, because after all, the people involved at the centre are just that - people. You’ll be surprised how much like them you really are.
A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any parent. A ‘must’ on the bookshelf for any teenager. "Bully: A True story of High School Revenge" is a fantastic story about love, hate, loyalty, betrayal and innocence lost.
Schutze writes in an easily accesable style, almost novelistic in his use of narrative and dialogue; he doesn't sensationalise – he doesn't need to – the subject matter is so jaw-droppingly shocking his detailed and authoritative telling of the tale is all that is necessary. And what a tale; the background, relationships and disconcerting developments that led to the murder of a 20-year-old by his peers in affluent, middle-class Fort Lauderdale, a white suburban area seemingly far removed from serious crimes involving violence.
What shocks the reader so effectively is the banality, the almost total lack of moral awareness or values exhibited by the perpetrators; their failure to accept they'd done anything wrong and – as Schutze stresses in his closing sentences – the failure of both the murderers and their families to show any contrition or acceptance of their crime.
Viewing Clark's film, I considered the possibility of it being an exaggeration, tweaked for dramatic effect, but the real events are – if anything – more lurid, as the whole sorry narrative of the individuals and the key, ensuing court case (that of Marty Puccio) is related in full.
My one serious criticism of the book is the total lack of references; Schutze relates a great deal of dialogue in the form of conversations throughout his book which must, by their nature, be speculative; I'm not doubting the veracity of the facts in the individual cases - the prosecution really only had to present these in order to obtain convictions - but very little on-line research reveals that over the course of the 23 years since the murder a lot of debate has taken place.Read more ›
At times I almost forgot this was a true story because it's written in such a way that it reads like a fiction book.
Schutze also passes the difficult test of not showing any bias opinions towards anyone involved in this true crime and because of this, neither did I.
I am now so interested in the story, I intend on carrying out some more research.
Read this and be amazed!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It was difficult for me to put it down once i started it. I could not believe this story was real life and the age of the characters. AMAZING !!!!! Read morePublished on 31 May 2012 by jan lambeth
wow, this book had me spell bound all the way through it....was bobby kent such a monster he was made out ??? Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2009 by Denise Dobie
This is a riveting book but I found myself forgetting that it's actually a true story. When I do remember, it kind of shakes me a bit. Read morePublished on 7 April 2006 by RockDesk
Read the smll print.The bare facts of the case have been blatantly embellished, the course of in depth conversations is written in a very biased manner. Fact or fiction?? Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2005
This book is a great read if you are a fan of true crime - perhaps a bit too gory in parts but one that you can't put down. Read morePublished on 12 Nov. 2004 by Salgal
I must admit, I did read this book pretty quickly as it does have a gripping quality. The story itself is disturbing and personally, I found it hard to believe that such a hoffific... Read morePublished on 5 April 2004 by M. Randall
I was very disappointed in this book, especially as I ordered it on the strength of the good reviews here. Read morePublished on 4 July 2003 by salemskye.com