The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

eBook - 2017
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"...Local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite twenty-seven-year-old community college student, shared with his parents and sister... [The author] had always been secretly fascinated by the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois. She was consumed with the desire to understand just how a man could abduct and strangle eight women--and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims' rotting corpses. She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil. Reaching out after Francois was arrested, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four-year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control; an unusual and provocative relationship that would eventually lead her to the abyss, forcing her to clearly see herself and her own past--and why she was drawn to danger..."--page ii.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062416148
0062416146
Branch Call Number: HV6248.F664 R69 2017x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable text file

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Aug 06, 2017

Writing is overdescriptive, bogging down the reader; story becomes secondary and ultimately uninteresting.

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Visser2216
May 22, 2017

I really wish I had liked this book more. I found that I was finishing it because I felt obligated to, not because I was enjoying it. The pace was slow, the pieces scattered, and the plot centered around the author and her own personal battles instead of focusing on the serial killer.

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