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A Matter Of Degree has been chosen as a finalist in ForeWord Magazine's BOOK OF THE YEAR Awards in the history category for 2001.
Posted January 1, 2002
The focus on this book is on the exemplary investigative work of one of the co-authors, Rick Davey, who managed to solve a nearly 50-year-old mystery about the identity of one victim. Anyone familiar with the 1944 Hartford fire that claimed 168 lives knows the story of Little Miss 1565, the girl whose body went unclaimed for years despite the efforts of many to identify her. In his search to identify her and return her to her family, Davey uncovers something more. Davey dug up evidence that a man who had confessed in 1950 to setting the fire should have been considered a prime suspect but instead ignored by Connecticut authorities who seemed satisfied with their original finding that the fire was an accident. This book shows how hard the investigator worked, and puts an order to the huge amount of information that exists about the fire. But the book is flawed by the failure to keep longwinded accounts of the investigator¿s own life to a minimum. Yes, he¿s a player, and a major one. But we didn¿t need to know about gangs in his housing project or a lot of other details. So, read this book. Just skip over some of the lesser material and focus on Davey¿s good deeds here.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 23, 2001
what great research rick davey did to uncover the political goings on during the aftermath of this tragic fire.although the circus was blamed for most of the deaths, hartford davey learned, should have been accountable for thier irresponsiblity with the permits and fire inspections.even though im a little up in the air about little miss 1565, im going to trust daveys judgment on her, and the suspect who might have set the fire. this book a must for anybody interested in this tragedy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.