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Sudden Fury

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  77 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In 1984, 17-year-old Larry Swartz killed his foster parents in an Annapolis, Md., suburb. One of the couple's three adopted children, he was shy and emotionally undemonstrative. His background and the circumstances leading to murder are the thrust of this searching study by Baltimore Evening Sun reporter Walker, less a true-crime re-creation than the story of a tortured be ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 385 pages
Published October 2nd 1993 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 1989)
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Aug 13, 2014 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it it was ok
OMG The author annoys the hell out of me sometimes. I have read 262 pages and so far I have not read anything that can excuse what this guy did.
He slaughtered his parents and yes his parents were a bit controlling and he did not get as much freedom as he wanted to but that is not a reason to kill.

I am going to read cause I can't wait to find out why everybody online is going Oh poor Larry. (who apparently died age 36 or so and is called a saint by people)

So I am sure there will be a lot of cruel
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Aug 16, 2012 Micky Parise rated it really liked it
Actually a very interesting true story about the murders of Larry Swartz's parents by him. Very insightful, thoughtful account of the story. After reading the book, seen Larry passed away at 36. Heartfelt moving book about everything is not what it seems. Recommend.
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Feb 17, 2013 Gisele rated it liked it
Sad story. Don't adopt kids if you can't deal with kids. Adoptive parents should be gentler and kinder... The "system" that handles these homeless kids must somehow exercise better oversight.

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Nov 25, 2014 Voracious rated it liked it
Good. A bit more in-depth than I needed.
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Nov 29, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good read, but it didn't keep me hooked like I expected.
Lindsay rated it it was amazing
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Emily Williams
Emily Williams rated it it was amazing
Jan 16, 2016
I finished Sudden Fury by Leslie Walker. I thoroughly enjoyed this author and her intriguing sad story about human emotions and how it explodes. It is the story about the victims and very much about the killer as well.
She takes you back to childhood years filled with pain, neglect and researched both the victims and the perpetrator and how it came to be. The spotlight clearly shines on adoptions, foster parenting all things concerning family's strengths and their weakness as well. I must read! I
Jan 17, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
A really good read. I think the author spent a leetle too much time delving into the childhood issues of the defense attorneys, but overall this was a really good study of a crime that is not so baffling after all.
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Aug 28, 2016 Lenny rated it it was amazing
Absolutely spellbinding book. Couldn't put it down till I was done reading every page. Highly recommend! All about adopted children and subsequent parental murder.
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