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John Larson

Reno, NV
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  • A Special Kind of Evil

  • The Colonial Parkway Serial Killings
  • By: Blaine L. Pardoe, Victoria R. Hester
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

The Colonial Parkway Murders - the name given eight murders that took place in the Tidewater region in the late 1980s, two of which were on the historic Colonial Parkway, the nation’s narrowest National Park. Young people in the prime of their lives were the targets. But the pattern that stitched this special kind of evil together was more like a spider web of theory, intrigue, and mathematics. Then, mysteriously, the killing spree stopped. Now, father-daughter true crime authors Blaine Pardoe and Victoria Hester blow the dust off of these cases.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A True Crime Book of the Finest Kind

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 04-03-18

An interesting story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A special kind of evil is in one word interesting. There is a lot to digest in this book and it isn't always easy to do so. For those expecting a resolution to the case you will be sorely disappointed because this case is far from solved. What this book does is take all the existing information and puts it into one place while also going very deep into the lives of the victims to it's detriment at times which might make it hard for some reader's to get through. I will say that the authors state at the beginning of the book the focus was going to be on the victims and most of this book is about them by far more than most true crime books do. Having purchased the audio version of the book and while the narrator wasn't bad she wasn't great either, and the audio quality was pretty good. All in all if your looking for a true crime book more focused on the victims then the crime this is the book for you, a very interesting group of cases, bad police work and bad coverage by media at the time make the case even more interesting then most.

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  • Betrayal in Blue

  • The Shocking Memoir of the Scandal That Rocked the NYPD
  • By: Burl Barer, Frank C. Girardot Jr., Ken Eurell
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce, Burl Barer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

NYPD officers Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell knew there were two ways to get rich quick in Brooklyn's Lower East Side. You either became drug dealers, or you robbed drug dealers. They decided to do both. Dowd and Eurell ran the most powerful gang in New York's dangerous 75th Precinct, the crack cocaine capitol of 1980s America.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Do not waste your money enriching a felon!

  • By Wayne on 05-27-18

Tangled up in Blue

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-18

Betrayal in Blue is the other side of the harrowing story of police corruption in NYPD's 75th precinct during the late 1980's from the perspective of Ken Eurell. The strength of this book I found to be the history of police corruption that dates back to the formation of the NYPD and the first half of the book sets it up nicely, it may be a quick jaunt through history while also filling in the backstory of the 77th percinct issues of corruption, but I loved it. The second half of the book we get into the nitty gritty of the crimes committed by our group of rouge police officers which I found to be astonishing and surprising. The book finishes quickly and ties up loose ends quite nicely until it gets to the epilogue, this is where I felt the book went off the deep end a bit pushing the authors desire to make all drugs legal so cops would be less imcentivized to participate in corruption of this nature.

I will say that the sound quality was excellent and the narrator I felt was a perfect fit to tell this story, I felt like I was hearing this story told by a retired P.I. which I found very appropriate.

All in all I'd say this was a good and enjoyable read minus a few parts here and there where the writer seems to have inserted his beliefs into the book but it's few and far between.