Those Who Trespass: A Novel of Television and Murder [NOOK Book]

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From the mega-bestselling author of The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, and Who’s Looking Out for You?, a mystery thriller about the fast-paced and ruthless world of TV journalism.

With three consecutive number one bestsellers, Bill O’Reilly has proved that he’s the king of the nonfiction list. With Those Who Trespass, he extends his bestselling domain to fiction, giving readers a novel that’s an exciting ...
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Overview

From the mega-bestselling author of The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, and Who’s Looking Out for You?, a mystery thriller about the fast-paced and ruthless world of TV journalism.

With three consecutive number one bestsellers, Bill O’Reilly has proved that he’s the king of the nonfiction list. With Those Who Trespass, he extends his bestselling domain to fiction, giving readers a novel that’s an exciting look into the no-holds-barred world of television news.
One by one, high-level executives and correspondents are being murdered. Soon it becomes clear that the killings are linked, the work of a bitter former newsman exacting revenge on those who derailed his career. Tommy O’Malley, a tough but warmhearted New York City detective, is assigned to crack the widening, high-profile murder cases, but encounters competition from a beautiful and tenacious tabloid reporter, Ashley Van Buren. As the story unfolds, Tommy and Ashley quickly discover they’ve got much more in common than a knack for solving crimes.
Those Who Trespass combines suspense, action, psychodrama, and romance with a fascinating glimpse into the harsh realities behind the delivery of our daily dose of television news—a picture only Bill O’Reilly could bring to life.
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Before he hit bestseller lists with The O'Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone and Who's Looking Out for You, O'Reilly penned a whodunit. This apolitical and entertaining novel, a re-release of his 1998 debut, may surprise his many fans. Galumphing prose doesn't prevent O'Reilly from squeezing in a gruesome murder by page six; a few dozen pages later, there's another. It's 1994, and someone is killing off TV news executives from the Global News Network and other outlets. Most troubling to "intense" Tommy O'Malley, the detective assigned to this media frenzy of a case, is one particular link: the murders have been meticulously executed, leaving neither witness nor evidence. Top suspects are former GNN correspondents Shannon Michaels and David Wayne; both had been abruptly fired, and both were at Martha's Vineyard when the first murder occurred there. Hot on the gory trail is New York Globe crime columnist Ashley Van Buren, who complicates the case even more when she falls for both O'Malley and Michaels. Ashley steadfastly believes in Michaels's innocence, but O'Malley isn't buying it, and his growing affection for Ashley might be clouding his judgment. The plot is simplistic and the characters veer toward stereotype (the Irish rogue, the crafty newsmen, the doughnut-eating cop), but the novel engages despite its flaws. Readers must be patient when O'Reilly lards in background information about tertiary characters, but they'll be rewarded with an outrageous ending that's at least as gruesome as the murders described along the way. (Feb.) Forecast: With O'Reilly's name splashed across the cover (it's bigger than the title), Broadway seems ready to let name trump content. But while Those Who Trespass may follow Who's Looking Out for You? on the charts, it's O'Reilly's right-wing politics that sell-not his plots or his prose. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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“As real and exciting as the streets of New York City. A mystery thriller that only one of New York’s finest could solve.” —William Bratton, former NYC Police Commissioner

“Want to know how knives are sharpened and competitors sabotaged inside those outwardly urbane TV newsrooms? O’Reilly knows it all, and tells you. Electrifying stuff.” —Arthur Haley, author of Airport Hotel and Detective

“A speed-read thriller that unmasks the cutthroat world of television news. So real you’ll forget it’s fiction.” —Vincent Bugliosi, author of Outrage and Helter Skelter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780767918091
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/10/2004
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 308,541
  • File size: 414 KB

Meet the Author

Bill O'Reilly
BILL O’REILLY, a two-time Emmy Award-winner for excellence in reporting, is a twenty-year veteran of the television industry. He is currently the executive producer and anchor of his own primetime news program, The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox News.
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1

MARTHA'S VINEYARD
SEPTEMBER 1994

As Ron Costello saw it, the nighttime media party in Edgartown provided him a wide-open window of opportunity--one he could make the most of. For he was frustrated and fed up, and what he badly needed was to satisfy a basic human need, the need for some kind of physical release. Chasing the Clintons around the resort island of Martha's Vineyard, looking on as a cracker First Family acted out its vacation in front of millions, was not just tiring for him, but unnecessary. When a family--even the First Family--went golfing, boating, and horseback riding, it was hardly newsworthy. And Costello was, after all, the chief White House correspondent for the powerful Global News Network, not some travel narrator, for Christ's sake. But here he was, on a GNN assignment he hated, reporting on President Clinton and family eating barbecue.

The jazzy voice of the singer Sade wafted through the humid night air, and Ron Costello pursed his thin lips and sized up the situation. Already in his sights was a pretty camerawoman light-headed from too much vodka. Costello felt he had a real chance with this young woman, who was now walking toward the makeshift bar located in the corner of the front porch. Surely this babe was impressed with his resume. He had been a correspondent with GNN for twenty-six years. The power and prestige of his job brought him big-time perks, like the attention of young women eager to advance in the arbitrary world of television news. That Costello's wife and kids usually stayed in D.C. during his presidential travels heightened his risk-reward ratio considerably.

Perhaps fifty people attended the party, which was being tossed in an old Colonial home overlooking Edgartown harbor. GNN had rented the house for the summer and it was the perfect executive retreat. For thirty years, Martha's Vineyard had attracted rich and powerful media personalities. Walter Cronkite owned a multi-million dollar home on the outskirts of Edgartown. Mike Wallace had a summer house on the island, as did Katharine Graham of the Washington Post.

Scores of lesser known writers and television reporters also owned small beach houses, usually on the Vineyard's south side. It was considered a prestigious place to be, and to many in the media, prestige was an intoxicant more powerful than opium.

Ron Costello himself suffered the prestige addiction, but his judgment was not entirely clouded by it. With his extended belly and thinning hair, he knew he was no Tom Cruise, and therefore no threat to GNN anchorman Lyle Fleming, a man who held serious power. Costello got plenty of coveted air time on GNN's daily broadcast of The News Tonight, chiefly because he was competent and bland--a perfect journalistic soldier who did exactly as he was told, and kissed the butts of the executives who did the telling.

All of that made Ron Costello an angry, bitter man. Despite his obvious limitations, he thought he deserved to be in the first echelon of broadcasting stars. He wanted a lead role, more fame and, especially, more power. Because he had not achieved any of those three ambitions, Costello vented his frustrations upon the rank and file below him at the network. That they universally loathed him bothered Costello not at all. In fact, he never even thought about it. His energy was directed toward getting as much as he could of what he wanted. And tonight he wanted this freelance GNN camerawoman named Suzanne. He wanted her in a big way.

So he turned his gaze toward Suzanne, who was slowly meandering back toward him, her hips discreetly swaying. His intense sexual hunger was apparent to anyone who bothered to notice. And someone was noticing. From the shadows across the street, a man dressed in dark clothes stood perfectly still. Had he entered the party, many would have known him. But he did not want to be recognized. The man staring at Costello wanted complete anonymity.

The ferry from Woods Hole, on Cape Cod, had carried this observer to Vineyard Haven just three hours prior. He checked into a small bed and breakfast house a few yards from the ferry terminal and, soon after, took a cab to the media center, located in an elementary school just outside of Edgartown.

Telling the cabby to wait, the man circled the media center while staying close to the wall. He wanted no one to see him. Then he was handed his first stroke of luck. On the door outside the center, a posted sign told of that evening's party in Edgartown. Knowing how Ron Costello operated away from home, he suspected Costello would be there.

The man now lurking in the shadows was about to do something he had never done before. It had taken him more than a year to decide to act. But now he was both determined and apprehensive.

Costello himself had no idea he was being stalked. The thought would never have occurred to him. He knew he had enemies, but he lived in a world of rules and entitlement. He was protected by law and position. Never in his life had he personally felt the horror of violent crime.

The man in the shadows watched patiently as Costello began speaking to a well built brunette. Though much too far away to hear the conversation, he sensed what was going on.

"Let's get out of here. I have some really good weed back at the hotel."

"Ron, you know I don't smoke. Besides, what would your wife say?"

"We're separated."

"Bullshit, Ron."

"She's in D.C. and I'm here. That's separated, Suzanne."

The young woman silently sighed, her brown eyes darting to the floor. She wanted no part of the disagreeable Ron Costello. Her friends at GNN had warned her about the lecherous correspondent. His wire-like lips gave him a perpetually cruel expression. And that belly hanging over his belt! No way she was buying into this. Lyle Fleming--that might be another matter.

Costello, armed with a predator's instinct, sensed it wasn't going well. So he did what he usually did when gratification eluded him--he got unpleasant.

"Listen, luv, I'm giving you a great opportunity here. You could be back in New York doing ambush interviews for the tabloid shows. Instead, you're on this beautiful island with the First Family. But that could end very fast."

"Are you threatening me, Ron?" the woman asked, suddenly a bit more sober.

"Not at all--just reminding you of your good fortune."

"Excuse me, Ron." And with that Costello's fantasy girl for the evening walked away for good.

Ron Costello's posture now changed considerably. As the brunette briskly left the front porch and headed inside the house, his shoulders slumped and he grew agitated. For his stalker, this was good. The bastard would be preoccupied.

Costello's night was ruined, and he was royally pissed off. Goddamn bitch. She'll be sorry. Goddamn Clinton and his stupid family. What the fuck am I doing here? With those black thoughts ricocheting around his brain, Costello drained his beer, said a few insincere goodbyes, and headed for his hotel. From a safe distance, the man watching Costello followed.

He knew exactly where the correspondent was going. For years, the stalker had been coming to the Vineyard. He could thoroughly describe the island--from the wilds of Chappaquiddick, where Edward Kennedy had abandoned a trapped and struggling Mary Jo Kopechne in a car filling with sea water, to the stately homes of Chilmark, the chic area where the self-destructive John Belushi was buried. The stalker knew that Ron Costello was heading back to his suite at the Whaler's Inn, where most of the network correspondents stayed while on assignment.

The streets of Edgartown were done up in the colonial style. White-shingled homes lined both sides of the main avenue, many adorned with lanterns and elaborate gables. Picket fences surrounded some of the larger homes, giving the small town the traditional New England look that tourists love. Although a chill was rolling in from the sea, it was an easy, comfortable stroll following Ron Costello as he wove his way toward the hotel.

All the rooms at "the Whaler," as it was known, could be reached from outside terraces overlooking Edgartown Harbor. As Costello climbed the stairs to his room, the man below slowly removed a pair of surgeon's gloves from the pocket of his denim jacket and put them on. He then took a long-stemmed spoon from his back pants pocket, checking it closely. The spoon was stainless steel, the kind used for stirring drinks in tall glasses. The stem of the spoon was exactly eight inches long. The man put it back in his pocket.

In the last moments of his life, Ron Costello did the following: flicked on the TV, stripped off his clothes, urinated, and donned a bathrobe with a blue crest on the chest pocket. Then he heard the knock.

What the fuck? Costello thought. It's almost midnight.

"Mr. Costello, this is the night manager. We have a hand-delivered message from a young woman for you. I thought it might be important."

Ron Costello's eyes lit up. Maybe the little bitch has come to her senses.

Costello opened the door and immediately felt excruciating pain. Something hit him in the chest, taking his breath away. As he doubled over, he felt a blunt object smash into his nose, breaking it. Stunned by what turned out to be a blow from his assailant's knee, Costello hit the floor, bleeding profusely.

The assailant quietly closed the door and stood over the prone correspondent. As with most assault victims, Costello was completely disoriented and terribly afraid. Everything had happened so fast. The correspondent was having so much trouble breathing he couldn't have screamed if his life depended on it. And it did.

The man knelt beside Costello, careful not to get any blood on his clothing. He was outwardly calm, but inside he was raging. He hated Costello. Hated him beyond words, beyond reason.

"Look at me, Costello. Do you know me?"

The struggling correspondent looked up, trying to focus his eyes. Because breathing through his broken nose was now impossible, he gasped for air through his mouth.

"You do know me. For a lot of years, remember?"

A glint of recognition shone in Costello's eyes, but he still wasn't sure who his attacker was. His hearing was intact, but his broken and swelling nose blurred his vision.

"No network can help you now," he heard a deep, soft voice say. "Nobody can help you, Costello. You are an evil person. You hurt and use people. And now you are going to leave us in a rather painful way."

Costello knew he was in mortal danger, but he wouldn't accept the thought that he could lose his life. His mind struggled to find words that might save him. He believed someone would intervene. This is absurd, he thought. This can't be happening. He was Ron Costello, GNN's chief White House Correspondent. Costello tasted the salty flavor of blood running into his throat. He gagged, struggling to speak. Finally, the correspondent's last words on Earth left his mouth: "Why, why are you doing this to me?"

The intruder responded by savagely grabbing Ron Costello's windpipe with his left hand and squeezing hard. Costello gasped, his mouth opening wide, blood trickling down his chin. The assailant's right hand, now holding the oval base of the spoon, rocketed upward, jamming the stainless stem through the roof of Ron Costello's mouth. The soft tissue gave way quickly and the steel penetrated the correspondent's brain stem. Ron Costello was clinically dead in four seconds.

Finally came the response the White House correspondent had asked for: "For Argentina, that's why."


2


BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

JUNE 1982


The policemen were clearly frightened. Their fascist powers were being brazenly challenged. Standing directly in front of the police were nearly ten thousand very angry Argentine citizens screaming curses and revolutionary slogans:


ALa gente unida venceramos!

AMuera la Junta!

AMuera Galtieri!


GNN News Correspondent Shannon Michaels translated the chant and wrote it into his notebook: "The people, united, will never be defeated! Death to the Junta! Death to the dictator Galtieri!" Shannon and his video crew stood behind the police, five hundred strong crowded together in a massive show of force. Their assignment was to guard the presidential palace, called the Casa Rosada--the Pink House--and to protect President General Leopoldo Galtieri. But the crowd was getting more and more aggressive, pushing toward the large metal gate that provided access to the palatial grounds. Shannon saw that The Plaza de Mayo, the huge square in front of the Casa Rosada, was now filled to capacity. Something very ugly was going to happen, Shannon thought, and happen soon.

The sky was clear, but clouds were assembling in the west. Shannon ran his fingers through his thick mane of wavy brown hair. His teal blue eyes were locked on the agitated crowd. It was his eyes that most people noticed first--a very unusual color that some thought materialized from a contact lens case. But Shannon, the product of two Celtic parents, didn't go in for cosmetic enhancements. His 694 frame was well toned by constant athletics, and his pale white skin was flawless--another genetic gift. Shannon's looks, which he thoroughly capitalized on, made him a natural for television.

As the mob continued its boisterous serenade, Shannon slowly shook his head. Most wars were foolish, he thought, but this one was unusually idiotic. The Argentine Junta, a group of military thugs led by General Galtieri, had ordered an invasion of the British-administered Falkland Islands on April Fool's Day, 1982. The government claim was that the islands, which the Argentines called the Malvinas, became a part of Argentina through a Papal declaration in 1493. The British disagreed. So, nearly five hundred years after the grant of land, the Argentine Army swarmed ashore, startling eighteen hundred British subjects and tens of thousands of bewildered sheep.

A small British garrison of sixty defenders put up a spirited fight for three hours, killing seven Argentines and wounding fifteen others. But on April 2, 1982, the Argentine flag finally flew over the rocky, wind-whipped islands in the remote, freezing South Atlantic.

The islands, of course, were of importance only to the Junta. Things were not going well in Argentina. Inflation had destroyed the economy and the only way the military government could control the disenchanted population was to brutalize dissenters. Argentine citizens were routinely kidnapped and murdered by the Junta's German-trained secret police. So that no evidence could be found, some of the murdered bodies were tossed out of military planes flying over the Atlantic.

Argentine dissatisfaction with the government grew unabated, so Galtieri and his cutthroats needed a major nationalistic diversion--and preferably a big win--to bring the population to their side. They thought the invasion of the Falklands might provide it.

During his seven-year career as a TV news correspondent, Michaels had seen rank stupidity, but this moronic government strategy boggled the mind. Anyone who read a newspaper knew that the British Parliament, and especially Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, would never allow British honor to be besmirched. It took the Brits just three months to thoroughly humiliate the Junta, further angering the Argentine citizenry. No wonder they were now filling the streets in passionate demonstration against the Galtieri government.

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  • Posted February 26, 2010

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    Grate Read

    Impressed the way Mr. O'Reilly held my attention. I didn't want to put the book down! I felt I know The characters personally.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Those Who Trespass

    This was an interesting book by Bill O'Reilly. I enjoyed it. I've read his other books which are serious, and have enjoyed those, too. Bill is a good writer - ties up all the loose ends and brings it all together in the end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2005

    Incredible

    WOW, I am very impressed with the way O'Reilly can hold a reader's attention. I didn't want to put this book down! The characters are complex and yet I feel I know them personally. What a true insight into the egos of network TV personnel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2004

    This is an Enjoyable Read--and that's No Spin

    This engaging look at what happens behind-the-scenes of a television newsroom is an enjoyable read from TV newsman Bill O'Reilly. Populated with well-developed characters and good pacing, gruesome murders thread through this mystery/thriller and lead to a surprising ending.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    Excellent book

    A terrific book...reporter and detective...what a twosome to have on your trail...vicarious pleasure for those who would never do what they would love to do to some of the people in their lives! Write another, Bill.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2004

    Well Done, Mr. O'Reilly!

    I had a difficult time reading this book at first because I couldn't imagine Bill O'Reilly writing it! The guy's pure genius, but I just couldn't equate the dialogue in THOSE WHO TRESPASS to the no-nonsense reporting on THE O'REILLY FACTOR. And, although I feel silly now, I actually blushed when I started reading the love scene. I tried not to think of Bill as the author but the word 'erogenous' gave him away. In truth, though, he did a great job on that scene, as he did with the enire book. I loved all of the characters; each one was well-developed and realistic. The plot was plausible and held my interest throughout. I do not see this work as hypocritical because the 'evil' depicted in this book shows us how NOT to act in society rather than how to be a part of it, regardless of who wrote the thing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2004

    TV unmasked

    This mystery is a well written hold you attention book. Not what you would expect from Bill O'Reilly. As I read it I felt that he had brought me into his world and a little of how he had been pushed around. Yet it is a well handled - thought provoking story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2003

    A One Sitting Read

    Interesting read. I did not skip a word or want to get up until the last word was read. I enjoyed the book very much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2001

    Good, quick read.

    I am not an avid reader. I enjoyed this book. It was an easy and fast read. I would recommend it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    I Expected More

    As a loyal O'Reilly Factor watcher, I expected more out of Bill O'Reilly. This book is mediocre at best. Just your average murder/suspense novel. Far from the best book I have read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I have read 3 of Bill O'Reilly's books and have enjoyed all of them, off to get another one!

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    I picked this up when it came out in paperback, just needing something to occupy my time while waiting in the drs. office with my father-in-law. I never expected it to be such a page-turner!! I couldn't put it down - & I'm usually not into thrillers! A great weekend read!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2009

    packed with thrills and chills and really bad writing

    Wow, that's some seriously clunky prose and lame storytelling. At least Papa Bear didn't include a scene where he uses the falafel thing on anyone...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2009

    Did not get beyond the fifth page

    Being a follower of Bill O'Reilly and a lover of mystery and suspense stories, I thought this book would be the best of both worlds so I ordered it. Unfortunately I could not get beyond the fifth page as the plot was hard to get into and the inappropriate language wasn't appreciated. Maybe others enjoy reading such words but I am very offended by the overabundance of vocabulary that isn't at all necessary in a book. My copy is headed for Good Will

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2008

    Have i read this before?

    I could not get pass the first 4 pages. I have read this book before - only the title of the book was different. Has anyone else read this book with another title. I wish i could remember the name of the book with this same story line.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2004

    This should be a movie!

    As a devout follower of Bill O'Reilly, I have read The No Spin Zone and Who's looking out for you, but this book is ten times better than both. Even it is fiction and O'Reilly's other books are not, I find it entertaining and truly awe inspiring. Mr. O'Reilly, have you considered calling Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson or even Joel Shumacher in the possibility of directing this entertaining novel into a blockbuster film? Well I can't see Mel Gibson or Joel Shumacher into directing this into a movie, but as a second generation Clint Eastwood fan, I can definitely see him directing and writing a screenplay for a movie based on this book. I must say Mr. O'Reilly, you have outdone yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    A Good Book, But...

    I liked the story, it was interesting and descriptive, although it was a little preachy. For example, Mr. O'Reilly gives us a drug dealer, a debased person to be sure, but I really didn't want to be sidetracked by excessive statistics and facts about the drug world at this time. I read plenty of non-fiction books to gain that information. Also, I'm not sure why Mr. O'Reilly unfolded the story as he did. As I see it, the cops failed miserably to do their job. Tommy and Jackson were seasoned cops, (as were most of the other undercovers, I suppose), yet the 'civilian' Ashley Van Buren, is the ONLY person on the stake-out who figures out that things are not what they seem. And these cops did not even capture their suspect. If they had been alert, they would have prevented another murder, and would have kept innocent people from getting killed. As I see it, the cops just came upon the scene; they were no help at all in stopping this guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2003

    Not Worth the Money

    Obscene and profane, this book resorts to cheap tactics to catch an audience, including disgusting sex scenes. Highly unrecommended. Boring and inebriating - reminiscent of a trashy romance novel you'd pick up in a grocery store. Don't waste your money... take my word for it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2003

    O'Really! How Words Show Who We Are.....

    I can only imagine how the Right would review this book if a Democrat had written it. Bill had better be careful how he critiques others and where THEIR minds are! Interesting. Very interesting to see inside a mind through his words in such a book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 21, 2010

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