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Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher case from her murder to the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox by [Follain, John]
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Death in Perugia: The Definitive Account of the Meredith Kercher case from her murder to the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox Kindle Edition

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John Follain, who covers Italy for the Sunday Times, tells the definitive inside story of this extraordinary case.

From the Back Cover

A MURDER THAT MADE INTERNATIONAL HEADLINES.

"Did she or didn't she? "That is the question that riveted the world during the sensational year-long trial of Amanda Knox, the American foreign-exchange student accused of killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Perugia, Italy.

THE FACTS AND THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS SHOCKING CASE.

Shortly after 12.30 p.m. on November 2, 2007, Italian police were called to the Perugia home that Meredith shared with Amanda. They found Meredith's lifeless body on the floor beneath a beige quilt. Her throat had been cut. Cash was missing. Was it a home invasion? Or something far more sinister? Amanda, along with her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, were both jailed. What role, if any, did they have in Meredith's murder? What was their relationship to Rudy Guede, an Ivory Coast drifter whose DNA was found at the scene of the crime? Author John Follain, who covered the case and trial for the London "Sunday Times," conducted more than a hundred firsthand interviews with law enforcement officials and family and friends of both the victim and the accused to bring us the most balanced and exhaustively researched account of this controversial case.

"IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THERE WILL BE A BETTER BOOK ON THE SUBJECT." "the observer"

* Includes 8 pages of dramatic photos *"


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6685 KB
  • Print Length: 449 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1444706551
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Oct. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UPRGB6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 95 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,518 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Follain's journalistic prose drives the narrative along at a break-neck pace and creates a real page-turner. I finished the 440p book in few short days. Follain's account gives the background to the main participants and runs chronologically through the investigation and trials. Published in 2011, the book stops with the acquittal of Knox and Sollectio on appeal. It's now out of date, given that this acquittal was thrown out of court and both are being tried before Italy's Supreme Court. But given the lengthy Italian legal process, this is a book which could have waited a decade to be published.

Follain has excellent credentials to write about the case, having covered it from the very start as the Sunday Times correspondent in Rome. He's been based in Italy since 1998, is fluent in Italian and had full access to the 10,000 page case file. The book is also based on interviews with most of the individuals involved.

I back other reviewers' comments that very occasionally Follain misses the mark, e.g. stating that Amanda filled her `interest' box on Facebook with one word: men. As any user will know, this is to choice sexual orientation and the only choice she could make was `men, `women' or `both'. It's a cheap shot and one which will be ridiculed by most readers for either being cynical or naïve. There is also one or two loose ends, e.g. mentioning early on that blonde hairs were found under Meredith's nails and in her vagina but then not mentioning them again.

I came to the Follain's book knowing a lot about the case through other books and websites. It's a great reference volume to have on hand to check facts and dates.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is an extremely detailed account of the story, very well researched and packed full of information. It never bogs down though, largely because Follain is so good at capturing people, particularly the quirks in Knox's character, the flowery prosecution and defence teams and the dignity of the Kercher family.

There are some weaknesses though. Strangely, Guede is only caught in outline in these pages. The only person found legally responsible for Meredith's death draws the least attention.

One other issue is that the wealth of contradictory evidence is never analysed. The story is told strictly chronologically and no time is spent summarising keys bits of evidence to hep the reader understand the respective view points of Prosecution and Defence. Finally, certain (on the face of it) key strands are forgotten. This may be the result of these being forgotten in the trials themselves but still, the omissions are curious. For example, early in the book, the author explains that blond hairs were found both in the victim's hand, and her vagina. Who did the hair come from and how did it get there? We don't know, because this seemingly crucial evidence is never mentioned again.

Don't read this if you want to be told who did it; the author does not give a view. But if you want an intelligent (as opposed to titilating), well researched account then this fits the bill.
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I hate reading, but do love true crime. It does, however, have to be good to keep me interested.
It was a story I'd heard about in the papers, but wasn't really interested as it seemed very cut and dry. But then I was told to keep my opinions to myself until i'd read all the facts of the case.....so I bought this!
By far and away the best book i've ever read. It provides a good well rounded, unbiased picture from ALL sides, discussing all points of view and describes everyone involved, in great detail.
I am now 1 chapter from the end, but has had me thoroughly gripped all the way through.......and after having read it, my initial opinion is completely different!!
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Follain was reporting the events of the Kercher murder for the Times from a very early stage and held off publishing his book until after the appeal and the [to me perverse] upholding of the appeal against conviction. As this story still has some way to run with the retrial ordered, this may still be a work in progress.

What is striking from the account is the weakness of the overwrought scenario brought forward by the prosecution - Knox comes over as an unpleasant attention-seeking weirdo, but that is still a huge stretch to make her a suspect. However, it's clear that the author considers the forensic and circumstantial evidence fairly damning, particularly the strong evidence that two or more probably three people were involved in the murder.

Follain's fairly cursory examination of the case against Rudy Guede, the third of those originally convicted probably weakens the book. Where this will all go to is anyone's guess, at the moment the pressure seems to be on Sollecito to do something in the way of a plea bargain. Whatever, the least likely outcome remains that of giving the Kercher family some sense of closure over the death of their beloved daughter.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"A Death in Italy" is the same book as Follian's earlier "Death in Perugia." I have both in U.S. editions, and the only difference is a 2 1/2 page addition at the end of the newer title.

Turn to any page, and the text is identical.

Here is my review of "Death in Perugia," which applies equally to "A Death in Italy":

The premise is admirable. John Follian, a London Times journalist who covered this case from the day of the murder, lays out an unbiased account of the bare facts. He has interviewed most of the key participants and witnesses, and quotes them at length. They tell us exactly what they saw and how they felt.

The reader, armed with this information, should now be in a position to judge for himself what really happened.

Says Follain, "I have done my best to give a voice to as many of those involved as possible, with the help of both case files and author interviews, and with the aim of writing an objective, chronological account". We do indeed get the impression, turning these pages, that Follian is objective. He neither judges nor insinuates, and presents facts in crisp, clear, unambiguous prose.

And herein lies the problem.

Many things his participants say are now known to be false or at least not what they seem, but Follain is too objective to tell the reader this. Even worse, many official "facts" are also known to be untrue, or at the least poorly understood due to conflicting accounts and questionable witnesses. Follain "cures" all such ambiguity by simply omitting it, giving us a simple, unambiguous, but arbitrary and selective account.

This problem is fatal and best illustrated by specific examples:

(1) AMANDA'S VIBRATOR AND CONDOMS

Follain - p.
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