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Publisher's Summary

The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers' lanes" created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades.
Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize-nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle. Although the case lives on today through television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie, and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted reality.
Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.
©2014 James Presley (P)2015 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Diligently researched, this gripping, page-turning account would be a standout true-crime narrative even without the material Presley gathers to buttress his identification of the serial killer." ( Publishers Weekly)
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1 out of 5 stars
By prblyshopping on 02-19-16


What disappointed you about The Phantom Killer?

Such a shame, what should be a fascinating and riveting story from start it finish is dampened down by irrelevant facts, and a plodding pace that makes damp toast look exciting.

Has The Phantom Killer turned you off from other books in this genre?

Absolutely not, I love true crime books.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes. It's possible the book could have been solved if the narrator had managed to sound even slightly less bored but what he was reading, though I could hardly blame him.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 04-06-16

Dull and BORING.

this book is BORING. I have up on it after about an hour and a half.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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