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Closing Time: The True Story of the "Goodbar" Murder

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  44 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
The true story of the 1973 murder of Roseann Quinn (Katherine Cleary in the book) in New York City.
Hardcover, 171 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Delacorte Press
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HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!: A deeply moving crime book, which turns out largely to be about the killer; and it's amazing how the perpetrator of such a savage crime can gain reader sympathy, but Fosburgh goes deep into his life story, life's loser who finally erupts at the last straw. The final line packs an incredible wallop and is full of multiple irony. It is the last word of a dead man, and it bespeaks another incredible failure. This was a page turner, meticulously and superbly told and a
Sep 18, 2014 Jon rated it liked it
If one were to read this after skipping the introduction (in which the author confesses to changing the names and inventing a heavy amount of dialogue between the people involved), he would probably enjoy it best because it's a compelling story, a compelling read and a fascinating situation. It does lose just a bit of its luster for me because of the fictionalization of the conversations and the conjecture injected throughout. (This wouldn't have mattered to me quite so much had the title of the ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Darn. I did not write a review for this book and now I only know I really liked it.
s a fan of Looking for Mr Goodbar by Judith Rossner I was thrilled to hear there was another book written about this murder of Roseann Quinn.

With his book the author told us much more about the murderer John Wayne Wilson.
(The author again used aliases of both the victim and the killer and I am not sure why)

She paints his life of being of a young man who tried desperately to fight his demons by running away but in
Jan 22, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
I'd heard vaguely that "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" was based on a true story, and here it is. It's a sad, rather mysterious story about a sad, mysterious woman -- the story raises more questions than it answers. Reading this made the title of the movie version 100 times more offensive than it was already.
Amelia Osterud
Jul 20, 2015 Amelia Osterud rated it did not like it
OK- so what the heck did a candy bar have to do with this woman's death?

Also weird- the book is a response to a fictionalized book version of the actual murder, which changed the names of the killer and victim. this book ALSO changed the names of the killer and victim. huh?
Jan 14, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
This one is very well written, short and to the point. I wish the author had written more books. The story is sad, but filled with complete characters based on real people. Highly recommended for true crime readers, or fans of the goodbar film.
I liked "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" by Judith Rossner and I really liked the movie version starring young Diane Keaton and Richard Gere. Lacey Fosburgh does a good job of reporting the true story behind the novel and the movie. Funnily enough, Joe Willie is a more sympathetic character than Katherine. Maybe because Katherine's family and friends were reticent to divulge anything personal about her, she comes off as being kind of one-dimensional. Apparently lots of people talked about Joe Willie an ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Ayla rated it really liked it
It was a little dry in the beginning, but once I got into it I was compelled to finish, as the author wrote " these were two people who should never have met" they were both really nice people who were so messed up, and the ending line "He was born dead." still has me thinking about the whole story!
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