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Posted March 29, 2006
A Good Book for Anyone
I am not what you would call a huge fan of true crime books, but I found it difficult to put Blood Trail down once I started reading it. Unlike many of these types of books which are written from an outsider¿s point of view, this book was written by Rick Reed, the detective in charge of the case. He has done an excellent job documenting the details of the case and is able to supply all the intricate details of the crime and insights into the criminal¿s mind. The reader is drawn into the story and feels as much a part of it as the people involved. His authorship also reveals to the public the impact these types of cases have on law enforcement officials personally and professionally. This book is a good read for anyone, but especially for those involved in domestic violence situations or those who work with domestic violence issues. As a testament to the book¿s effectiveness, it is currently being used as a textbook for college-level criminal justice classes. This book flows well and is extremely well-written by first-time author Reed. I look forward to reading future fiction and nonfiction material written by him.
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Posted September 1, 2005
Blood Trail pours out great true crime
Steven Walker worked closely with Evansville, Indiana police sergeant Rick Reek, gathering information to create a chilling tale of love lost, deception, addiction, and murder. The horrifying details of Ginger Gasaway¿s death shocked the nation when her cold, calculated killer took investigators to three different counties to recover her dismembered body parts. Written before the debut of the hit television series, ¿The Closer,¿ Blood Trail is an examination of effective methods of interrogation and a psychological study of body movements and statements of individuals. Even the ones who are asking the questions are easily analyzed in this well investigated true crime story about one of the most brutal crimes that ever took place in Indiana. The personalities of both the perpetrator, Joe Brown, and the investigator, Sgt. Rick Reed, are explored with such intricacy that the reader becomes intimately acquainted with each of them. The setting and its inhabitants are so well presented that one can visualize life in rural Indiana as well as its urban centers. The path of destruction that Brown confesses to include a total of 14 murders that encompass seven states from Pennsylvania to Colorado and brings suspicion to crimes committed as far south as Florida. Although limited by the True Crime genre, Walker accomplishes a Truman Capote style of writing, at least in the opening chapters of Blood Trail.
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