When I downloaded this book, I was expecting MUCH MORE than what I got! When I began reading, I had expected the author to put some style into his writing, engaging the reader so that the reader really ANTICIPATES turning the page!
I have been a "True Crime" enthusiast for many years now and I have read accounts of these incidents many times by different authors. Some have been really good, making the retelling of a years old crime really interesting, while others seemed as though they were copied right out of a "Dragnet" script, "Just the facts,Sir. Just the facts."
I must give Mr. Riley credit as this is the first time I read a book based on these crimes in which I felt like I was heading an assignment for a high school English Comp class!
This book was dry in it's prose and it certainly didn't look at these cases from every angle. It almost felt like the author had gone back in time and was writing for the studios who tried so hard to whitewash these crimes to keep their stars squeaky clean!
It also read like he only used one source to research his book and wasn't looking at these cases from all sides. There were many opportunities for the author to really engage the reader by adding a bit of spice by quoting hearsay and unproven allegations (fully acknowledging that the statements were unproven) to make the reader anxious to turn the page! However, I found the author's prose dry and the incidents as reported, uninteresting.
These stories have been reported and written about with much mystery and speculation. It's too bad that the author didn't take the opportunity to make this book into something more than an outline of crimes committed in Hollywood throughout the years. I hope this book is only a fledgling attempt and his other offerings are better. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone with a serious interest in true crime, or even the history of Hollywood. I'm sorry to say it was a waste of time.