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This month we delve into non-fiction. Lots of suggestions have been put forth in our suggestion threads. Those include some questionable non-fictions accounts such as
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
There are some really dastardly tales of evil such as
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Vlad the Impaler: In Search of the Real Dracula by M.J. Trow
The Lady and her Monsters: a Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley's Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo
Medical Horror such as
Rabid by Bill Wasik and Monica Murphy
Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink
The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum
True Crime such as
Zodiac by Robert Graysmith
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi
Columbine by Dave Cullen
There is a great list compiled by Monkey Non-fiction list here
Let's see what everyone is going to be reading.
So, I'll add it...
The Year We Disappeared / Cylin Busby and John Busby
In 1979, Cylin was 9-years old. Her father, John, was police officer in a town in Massachusetts. He was shot in the face and survived, but – even though he was certain who was behind it – the police seemed to not be pursuing it. John believed the person behind the shooting was a local well-known criminal, Raymond Meyer, who also had connections at the police department and was known to be untouchable. Even so, some of the officers, including John, still tried to bring Ray to justice for various crimes.
I thought this was very good. Frustrating about the corruption in the police department and not being able to do anything about Ray for so many different offenses. The viewpoint went back and forth between Cylin and John, so you could read about the happenings from each person's perspective.
Also, it was a good book; and yes there are horror aspects not related to the killing, but that is the same everywhere in the world, it's nothing limited to Italy.
I've started reading Danse Macabre, hopefully will finish before the month is up! :)
The interesting part of the book was learning about John Orr and why he might do this. The author leans toward anger and revenge toward the police for never letting him become a police officer, which he very much wanted and tried to do several times but failed. The least interesting was the part about the two trials, which were long and became tedious. Overall, just a so-so read for me.