True Crime: Real-Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-robbing, and More

True Crime: Real-Life Stories of Abduction, Addiction, Obsession, Murder, Grave-robbing, and More

by Lee Gutkind
     
 

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The real-life stories collected here reflect not only the myriad ways in which a law can be broken, but also the countless ways in which crime — whether in the news or close to home — can be experienced. In these diverse and compelling narratives, award-winning journalists investigate the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the unsolved

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The real-life stories collected here reflect not only the myriad ways in which a law can be broken, but also the countless ways in which crime — whether in the news or close to home — can be experienced. In these diverse and compelling narratives, award-winning journalists investigate the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the unsolved lynching of Claude Neal; an identity thief finds herself confronted by one of her victims; a triple homicide rattles a high school swim team; a young adventurer supports her travels by smuggling Peruvian pre-Columbian artifacts; a woman struggles to live free of the ex-boyfriend who kidnapped and tortured her; and more. While appealing to true crime audiences, this unique mix of personal essays and award-winning long form newspaper narratives will also appeal to creative writing and journalism programs, as well as to readers of memoir and crime fiction.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
In this collection of essays, Gutkind, editor of Creative Nonfiction magazine, brings together a dozen of sordid tales representing a wide variety of crimes and dark sides. No dry recitation of facts here, but instead literary—even experimental—interpretations, such as Lacy M. Johnson's passionless exploration of her history with the man who once kidnapped and abused her, in "The Addict," or John Nosco's breathless, non-stop "Apology" for the crimes he committed. A female police officer learns to take a punch in Laurie Lynn Drummond's "Girl, Fighting," while Vance Voyle's "Regret" examines the complexity behind a he-said/she-said rape charge. There's identity theft and Peruvian artifact smuggling, the details behind the Gabrielle Gifford's shooting, and a particularly bizarre essay involving ears. The authors range from law enforcement to perpetrators to victims, but somehow, the message gets lost in the retelling: by framing these events in a creative light, they lose their sense of reality. Some stories end abruptly, others meander until the true point is thoroughly confused. An interview with Erik Larson (Devil in the White City) adds a new level of interest, but ultimately this isn't so much about true crime as it is mostly-true experiences with a dark undercurrent and a literary spin. Agent: Andrew Blauner, Blauner Books Literary Agency. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937163150
Publisher:
Fourth Chapter Books
Publication date:
07/12/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
1,238,220
File size:
436 KB

Meet the Author

Over the past 25 years, editor Lee Gutkind has written 15 books, including Truckin' with Sam, Forever Fat: Essays by the Godfather, and Almost Human: Making Robots Think. The founder and editor of the magazine Creative Nonfiction, the first literary journal devoted exclusively to the genre, he lives in Pittsburgh.

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