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The Professor and the Prostitute

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Published January 27th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing
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Ronnie Cramer
The author has chosen a good assortment of interesting cases, but she injects herself into the stories at every opportunity; a style I find distracting. Also, she speculates constantly regarding motivations, etc., when a little more research might have removed the need for conjecture. One example (out of MANY): "Women doctors...may be at even higher risk for self-destruction than their male colleagues." Why not look into it? If the numbers support this theory, cite them.

While I love a true crime story, I don't enjoy when an author uses his or her opinion on the story as reasons why a person would commit a crime, or why a victim choose that lifestyle. It was also outdated and I feel like it was so even in the 80s.
This is a book that doesn't quite stand the test of time. Yes, it's a true crime book, but it also includes stories about people who have turned to drugs or had a psychotic break. The last story in the book was a manslaughter case about a guy who killed a man because he dented his car (not your typical true crime case that is usually profiled--this story wouldn't even make the front page news). Depression is referred to as Hysteria and the author refers to people given electroshock treatment for ...more
People do not simply decide to commit murder, or disappear, or engage in illegal activity out of nowhere. Through each stories analysis of cases, you learn that people instead usually have something that has been just not QUITE right with them for years. The stories in the book are pure madness. Some of the stories I wish were a bit longer. I would read something from this author again definitely!!
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Linda Wolfe is an award-winning journalist and novelist. Among her many books are the novel "Private Practices" and the nonfiction books "Wasted: The Preppie Murder," "The Professor and the Prostitute," and "The Murder of Dr. Chapman." A longtime contributing editor at New York magazine, Wolfe's articles and personal essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, and many o ...more
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