A compelling story well read.
Satan's Circus tells the story of the only police officer ever executed in the USA.
The moralistic streak that hit this country didn't exist in Satan's Circus and it seems that everyone pretty much knew and let it slide.
As much political history as true crime story in this book we learn that the complaints of today are the same as it ever was.
Provocative, Telling, Joyful
It truly is like nothing I've read before.
Bernadette Dunne was great. The book was written in the first person, so not knowing what Cheryl sounded like the first time I heard this, it was just as if Cheryl Strayed was telling this story as we sat around a camp.
There were too many emotionally wrenching scenes for me to not pause to take it in from time to time.
For what reason Audible recommended this to me I do not know. Although I love hiking it's really not the kind of book I'd have gone looking for. THAT is why I call it an accidental treasure. Counting reading and listening I've now gone through this book 7 times and it seems fresh every time. In my opinion, if you have not read this book it will not at all be what you expect. Cheryl is open and brash and intimate and tough and girly. To write this review I searched for the book on Audible. The ONLY way to find it here is by it's title or the author's name. Neither of which I'd heard of before the recommendation so it's a little miracle the book ever came into my life. I'm just glad it did.
I suspect that after hearing this you will decide, as I did, that Richard Clark is the ONLY government official involved in defending the homeland since the election of Ronald Reagan that does not owe Americans an apology over 9-11. He IS,however the only one that has apologized.
H W Brands is fast becoming one of the best writers of history. He will not lose any fans with this book. Texas has always been a source of rich history and as usual Bill Brands tells the story with flair.
It helps to know something of his previous work to enjoy this. It also helps to know that he made Milo gay because the LA Police cheif announced one that that there were NO gay officers in LA. Milo's choice of gender in a partner plays a part here.
Parts of this are chilling and as always in Delaware stories the past comes back to haunt the present.
I have read all the Alex Delaware novels. While this is not the best is is still very good and some things in it will haunt you. Just as they haunted the cop that kept "The Murder Book"
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