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Horrific, but a superb piece of investigative writing
on 16 December 2015
I bought this book having read a hand full of the true crime books by Anne Rule. While I rather enjoyed Anne Rules writing style and story telling that gave equal weight to the victims for me, this was a much better approach to sharing, discussing and telling of the horrors of a serial killer than anything by the great Ms. Rule.
It seems odd to say that I really liked a book with such a traumatizing story to tell, but the rigorous research, the balancing of evidence and the authors desire to give an accurate and balanced account of the crimes is exemplary.While it would have been easy to demonize Dahmer for his crimes, the author instead attempts (and succeeds) to paint a complete picture of not just Dahmer, but the society in which he lived and how it failed him, just as he failed to fit in to it. The author does this with a both a level of detachment where necessary, but also with a compassion and empathy for the victims and Dahmer himself.
The crimes were horrific, the victims are given all the care and respect the author can offer and yet the book feels as professional and honest exploration of an incredibly difficult and sensitive topic as possible.
One of the best pieces of investigative journalism I've read.