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To be far to the author, most of the people he had to write about in this book came across as pretty insufferable, including the victim with the constant insistence that she was the purest angel to ever walk the face of the earth.
But I can't blame the people involved with this case for the fact that he felt the need to repeat the same irrelevant facts over and over. How many times does the reader need to hear about Michigan's humidity or Dr. Dragovich's love for Sherlock Holmes, or that Gloria is the Miseners' rock? How many times does it need to be said how much the jury loathed certain witnesses? I'm pretty sure he actually repeated the same quotations multiple times.
Between heading off in irrelevant and dull directions- namely, the life history of everyone involved in the trial- and the constant repetition, the only reason I finished this book is that I got it in a 2 for 1 deal and didn't think I could return it without losing the other. After the verdict especially, the final chapters stretched on, as though Henderson felt as though he needed to write the reaction of every single person he had interviewed.
It's unfortunate, because the story itself is incredibly interesting, but when it's told through the eyes of someone who quite clearly glossed over the defense and demonized the prosecution on top of the amateurish writing, it's no better than reading or watching any other account where the prosecution is praised and the defense is ignored. I finished this book with a strong feeling of irritation, salvaged only by the narrator. If Paul Michael Garcia can make this tolerable, I'd love to see what he can do with a really good book.
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