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review 2017-10-10 19:30
I Will Find You
I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime - Joe Kenda

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

I never watched the show, so I won’t be able to compare for now (I may watch some episodes later if I can find some episodes that aren’t available for US only or through shady websites); actually, I hadn’t even known about Joe Kenda before requesting this book. The book itself, when I read its blurb, looked interesting, and I was in the mood for crime-related non fiction, so here I am now.

Interesting it was, indeed. I learnt quite a few things about police procedures, all the more because I don’t live in the USA, and basically all I know is what I’ve seen in TV series (no worries, I was kind of already suspecting that TV =/= truth ;)). Not that it surprised me, but it’s always good to see that, well, one was right in wondering ‘do these things really happen like that?’

What also really happens like that is crime itself, and sadly, what Kenda described in the book didn’t surprise me either (I don’t have a very good opinion of man as a species). Again, I can’t compare with the series, and I don’t know if what he writes about here is something watchers already know, or grittier/less gritty than what has been aired. It did seem gruesome enough to me. I’m not easily disgusted to the point of physically having to stop reading, but I can envision this being a turnoff, at least at times, as a reminder that people can do horrible things, including to their kids, innocent bystanders, for the stupidest reasons, for something as trivial as 20 quid, etc.

I wasn’t entirely convinced by the tone/style. Not sure how Joe Kenda fares in the show, but here there were some turns of phrase, some vocabulary, that I felt was... not sure how to explain it, too demeaning or for shock value? I would probably have such words about criminals myself, so it’s nothing like ‘oh noes, swearing is bad’, and more like ‘the stronger the vocabulary/opinion, the lesser the impact’? Yes, I think that’s it: the grit and dark side can very well stand on their own, and they would have more impact if presented in a more ‘neutral’ tone. It may just be me, though.

(On the other hand, of course, you can tell that the author feels very strongly about this, and it's completely understandable!)

Apart from this, I definitely found this book interesting, both for the police work it presented, and for the other aspect of Kenda’s life (his family, how they too had to cope with his career, how the horrors he’s seen affected his whole home, etc.).

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review 2016-11-03 22:30
The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed - Judy Shepard

I can't write a review for this. I can't rate it either. I'm too emotional.
All I can say is seriously, read this book. Please.

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review 2016-10-08 02:38
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend - Tom Clavin,Bob Drury

While advertised as an untold biography of Red Cloud, and it does definitely touch on his life, I would say this is more of a history book. Interesting to read, but a bit dry at times.

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review 2016-08-01 23:28
The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

Wow. I just.... Wow. Hot damn. I was not expecting such a strong emotional attachment to this book.

 

I can't even form coherent thoughts right now. Just read this book, you won't regret it.

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review 2016-06-06 12:07
Ballots for Belva by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Ballots for Belva: The True Story of a Woman's Race for the Presidency - Courtney A. Martin,Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen,Courtney E. Martin

A great book to learn quickly learn some about Belva Lockwood, a woman who ran for President in the 1880s! Of course, she was not the first - Victoria Woodhull was - but you have to admit it took a lot of guts for her to run, especially considering the time she lived in.

 

I plan on reading more about this amazing woman.

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