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The Restless Sleep: Inside New York City's Cold Case Squad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005


    If you're going to do crime, get a fact checker. ie, Rockaway is in Queens not Brooklyn. I am hardly a prude but if I want to hear the f word infinitum, I'd buy a rap CD Ann Rule will lose no sleep with this one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2005

    A Stunning Work

    There seems to be a fad for cold cases these days, and with good reason. Real life unsolved mysteries, real lives ruined, real people finding the bad guys -- this is the stuff reality television and fiction writers are knocking themselves out to make up. And here it is -- except it's all true. The really amazing part is how this writer manages to work her way into the very inner sanctum of the police force, digging up innumerable details about some very chilling murders, getting close to the men who will bring the killers to justice. Nobody's perfect in Horn's world, which makes the stories of four unsolved New York City murders and the detectives on the case that much more gritty and real, and moving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    True crime: the real thing

    Horn achieves in the Restless Sleep what a lot of better known crime writers and journalists never quite manage--transparency. If her language is a little gritty, it is because that's the world she brings to us. She has put herself in the shoes of the victims and the heads of the detectives in a way that lets us feel what it's like to live in their world. You can't really beat Ann Rule for your standard model true crime book, but Stacy Horn refines the form that Rule rules. Horn doesn't just tell you the story, she puts you in the story. Honestly, it's not always a pleasant experience: some of the people Horn talks about die horribly, and she doesn't let you look away. But if you wanted it all prettied up, you should probably just watch Matlock reruns.

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