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Posted January 23, 2012
John King is a skilled historian with complete mastery of times past in the Monmouth County, N.J. area. I have relished his previous chronicles about “the Highlands” in the “Images of America” and have eagerly awaited a sequel to his fascinating narrative “Murder and Mayhem in the Highlands.” I was not disappointed.
This work, “Wicked Tales from The Highlands” spans a 250 year history of this region of the New Jersey shore that is so amazingly rich in history and one of the most curious places on the entire east coast. King portrays diabolical bone chilling murders other bizarre incidents and frames the events in a tableau of Monmouth County history.
Eerie but engrossing episodes manage to capture the spirit of many eras and the natural beauty of the place. This well researched work encompasses Henry Hudson, bootleggers, clammers, the great depression and the evolution of the place from primitive fishing villages to tourist meccas with great hotels and crowded beaches. Readers anywhere will appreciate these riveting and engrossing stories. And if you happen to live at the shore these tales come alive with many familiar names and places. King has a robust writing style and starts each vignette with an arresting headline. The book is a welcome addition to New Jersey historical collections and I look forward to hearing more from this talented writer. Robert A. Mayers, author of “The War Man”