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Posted July 2, 2012
Incredibly well researched
This book achieves a standard in true crime writing that is just below In Cold Blood. The author uses a tremendous vocabulary (who knew that the noun for "fetid" is "fetor?" Or that the plural of "staff" is "staves?")Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The research is exhaustively done, and the writing has a nice flow to it. The only complaint I have is that there is so much expatiation on every tangent of every historical footnote that the book drags, and who ever thought a story of how John Colt murdered one of his vendors could be stretched out to book length? Read it for the excellent writing, but be patient with the narrative line.