A personal look at a crime of passion describes an FBI agent's successful career, family life, and extramarital affair that ended in murder, and the guilt that drove him to confess in spite of his impenetrable government shield.
In a true story of crime, guilt, and conscience, a model agent's illicit involvement with an informant leads him to commit a crime that reveals all the workings of the human heart - and the dark side of the FBI.
©2017 Joe Sharkey (P)2017 Random House Audio
I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.
Incredibly tragic story very sensitively handled by a fine journalist. There were no winners in this tale, and no real villains as there often are in true crime stories, only a terrible collision of personalities that crushes the lives of all involved in a moment of lost control. The people who lived this tale and the world they inhabit are brilliantly, heartbreakingly described. I hope the film, starring the wonderful Emilia Clarke, serves them as well.
The most powerful aspects of this book lie in author Sharkey's vivid depiction of a man driven to despair by the crushing weight of his guilt. We've all been there at one time or another: when you have been convicted by your own conscience, there is no forgiveness to be had.
The second half of the narrative is compelling, but the first half is way too long. The prolonged examination of Susan Smith's clingy, needy character, and the endless descriptions of her peculiar hold on FBI Agent Mark Putnam and his wife Cathy become tedious. I can see why one reviewer abandoned the book after the 4th chapter.
The engaging expressive portrayal of the characters.
The court haggling.
Made me sad, but in a positive way.
Joe Sharkey's masterful writing shows how, in the words of S M Eisenstein, the most interesting question in the psychology of art is neither theme nor content, but how this theme or content becomes, from an "object" of reality_an object of art., how an 'event' becomes a 'work.'
Use your brain!!!
Great story, good author and great talent for the audio. Hard to stop listening and it really felt like I could see everything happening. It takes a lot for me to give anything 5 stars but I did.
I could not put the book down! I spend a lot of time in my car on the road so I bought the audible... I too am from Eastern ky ... there is much to appreciate in this book.
Always an avid reader, I have become addicted to audio books.
The story of senseless self-destruction and its reverberations. This one bummed me out, but it is a well told story.
Commonwealth - by Ann Patchett
It was so transparent, and not difficult to anticipate outcome.
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