The night she was attacked in her Florida home, Karen Gregory let out a scream so piercing that it carried for several blocks. More than a dozen neighbors heard her, but none called the police. By the time her body was discovered, thirty one hours later, the trail was already cold. The detective assigned to solve the murder ran down one blind alley after another, eliminating one suspect after another, until finally the evidence led him to the front door of one of his best friends -- a friend whose wedding ceremony he had officiated over just a few months before. At first the detective didn't want to believe it. But as the mystery deepened, he found himself studying his friend's hands, trying to tell if they were the same size as the bloody handprints left on Karen's leg.
While no murder is inconsequential, readers have reason to expect that a book devoted to a killing will highlight some aspect that sets that crime apart, yet this account by St. Petersburg Times reporter French makes no such claim. Karen Gregory, a 36-year-old graphic artist from Gulfport, Fla,, was slain in 1984 as she was moving into the house she was to share with her lover. Stabbed 20 times, her one scream was ignored by neighbors; but French's suggestion of an analogy with the infamous 1964 Kitty Genovese case in New York City is tenuous. The police work was undistinguished; the sergeant who solved the case appears to have been doggedly persistent rather than brilliant. In 1987 local firefighter George Lewis was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. French's compassion for the family and friends of the victim is the most notable element here. Photos not seen by PW.
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Excellent book from beginning to the end. Minor spelling/grammatical errors though.
A "hard to put down" read!
This is the first book of Thomas French that I have read. I am a fan of Ann Rule but Thomas French is every bit as good as Ann.
This book held me from the very first page. Every question that I had as I was reading was answered by Thomas. I hope that there will be more true crime books written by Thomas.