This book took what seemed like forever to read. It was rich in detail and told the story of Darrell Mack, a Reno millionaire who was involved in a contentious divorce from his wife and thought he was above paying alimony, child support, and reaching a final settlement of community property. Truth be told, his wife's Charla's demand weren't outrageous, but from the start Darrell exhibited a lot of bad behavior. He shut down all forms of credit, stopped paying the bills, and went to far as to play around with his businesses to give the impression that his $44,000 monthly income had mysteriously dwindle to $5,000 a month. While his wife and daughter lived off loans and handouts from family and friends in their crumbling mansion that was going into foreclosure, Darrell continued to live a hedonistic lifestyle going to swinging conventions which was one of his favorite social diversions. Charla was terrified of Darrell and took his endless threats seriously. Things finally reached a head in court and Darrell finally reached the end of his very short rope and took matters in his own hands. He methodically planned to kill Charla as well as the judge who delivered a resolution in his favor. The core of this book looks at the flight of Darrell Mack to Mexico and the legal maneuvers that a million dollars can buy when a very angry man wants to avoid the consequences of his acts.
To say this book was well done is an understatement. Darrell Mack was a control freak whom was like a petulant child. He wanted what he wanted without regard for others and would do whatever he wanted to get his way. He was manipulative and the dichotomy of pure evil. The author John Glatt did a magnificent job detailing Mack's personal history and merging it with the crime and its very extended aftermath. If you like true crime, this is probably for you. It has sex, rage, manipulation, personality disorder, and a belated sense of justice.