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as a rule i try to stay away from "true crime" books because there's usually an icky titillating element to them, but i picked this up as a free book from the library years ago (most likely because of the cover design) and was in search of something to read before bed. it's clear pretty early on that this is more fairly classed as journalism rather than tabloid (non-)fiction, due to an emphasis on documentary research and interviews, and that helped keep me reading. there is a discernible bias i...more
Jan 01, 2012 Brett rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
An interesting story that takes place in my neck of the woods, more or less. This is an engaging account of Claude Dallas's murder of two Idaho Fish and Game officers in the early 1980s, his time on the run, and his trial. As an attorney, the trial and sentencing is particularly interesting. Assuming that Olsen's account is more or less accurate, the Dallas trial is a sobering example of the flaws in our legal system, including the risks associated with a trial by one's "peers." Moreover, the de...more
I found this book very interesting to read. Granted, the information about the murders was based on the account of Jim Stevens who eye-witnessed the account. With this in mind, one must remember that all accounts mentioned are from actual people and the information provided may not be wholly reliable. Regardless, I felt drawn into the story and felt it believable. As someone who has lived and/or visited almost all the places mentioned in the book where Dallas either hid or lived himself, I felt...more
Like true Crime? Read Jack Olsen. Olsen takes actual criminal cases, and develops them so that they read like an intense novel rather than a dry biography or court report. "Give a Boy A Gun" is the true case of Claude Dallas, Jr., the trapper who murdered two Idaho Fish and Game officers in 1982. I find particular interest in this story because 1) This happened in the corner of the world where I now live, and 2) I remember seeing this on the news when I was an adolescent. The most interesting, a...more
Where do I begin? My parents read this book quite a few years ago and recommended it to me. I’ve been looking everywhere for it since it’s out of print. They actually new some people at the time that they read it who actually thought this Claude Dallas was some kind of hero or something. I personally think he was a cold blooded, calculated murderer. He should have been sentenced to death, and at the very least sentenced to life in prison. It’s worth the read. I definitely recommend it.
An interesting non-fiction read. Reminiscent of a Zane Grey novel. This was an event in the 1970's that took place in Idaho, Oregon and Nevada. The story is incredible and leaves the reader with an OMG reaction. Recommend it for off the beaten path reading. Mr. Olsen has written other books that whet my interest.