104th out of 388 books — 289 voters
Sex Crimes: Ten Years on the Front Lines Prosecuting Rapists and Confronting Their Collaborators
From her ten years of experience in the Queens, New York, district attorney's office, the author offers a searing indictment of our justice system and how it "collaborates" with rapists.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Owl Books
(first published 1993)
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I found the inner workings of the Queen's D.A.'s office and the NY City Court systems in the 1980's fascinating. I'm sure it's very different now (hope it is anyway), and I found it quite different that Oregon's. Most readers will be gripped by the details of some of the cases Vachss' prosecuted.
Alice Vachss was on the cover of Parade magazine in the early 1990s as one of the top prosecutors in the USA. Her dedication and experience handling hardcore cases makes this story compelling. Even more important, the book should be required reading for anyone who wants to understand the politics and internal backstabbing that hinders the criminal justice system and how the few who fight to do the right thing are hindered. Highly recommend this book.