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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than the average for the genre but...., 26 April 2013
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This review is from: Handsome Brute: The True Story of a Ladykiller (Hardcover)
Nobody is going to read my review in isolation from the others that are available, so I will just add a few points by way of emphasis of those issues that were important to me as I read the book.

The book is well researched, and the referencing of the text to the source material is far better than the average, both for "true crime" in particular and, indeed, popular history in general. The use of language is good enough not to be irritating. There is a good sense of time and place in the writing, so that the story is competently placed relative to an authentic background. Clearly the book also was written with a degree of integrity, and the co-operation that the author received from members of the families of those involved is reassuring - too many books of this nature are essentially exploitative.

It could have benefited from further, final editorial goings-over, however. There are a few factual errors as other reviewers have noted, though none of them, so far as I am aware, relate to the central thread of the story. But in an absolute top quality work, they would have been picked up before publication. Likewise, there are a few clumsy style points, also noted by other reviewers, which a competent editor would have dealt with before the book got to the printers.

I should say also that I read the book in the Kindle edition on a Kindle Fire. The Kindle edition has quite a few formatting errors, mostly extraneous carriage returns, which look rather amateur and which certainly do detract from the reading experience. Given that at the time of my purchase, the Kindle edition was more expensive than the cheapest print version that I could have bought, I would have hoped for better. Just as printed books need typographical proof reading before they hit the streets, Kindle editions need checking and debugging.

So high marks for the authorial elements of the book, offset by low marks for lack of final polish.
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