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Killer Colt by Harold Schechter
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Sep 15, 2010

really liked it
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Read from September 12 to 15, 2010

Enjoyed this. The author's writing style is quite dry, but that suits the lurid subject matter. Most importantly, this book is rather timely in its examination of the role of the press, sensationalist or otherwise, in shaping the public's view of criminal trials. I also found fascinating the way in which the different degrees of homicide were determined, as well as the legal language employed in that era.

As to the subject of the Colt family itself, I was greatly impressed by Samuel Colt's perseverance in the face of constant setbacks. It's hard not to be caught up in the dysfunctional, yet all-too-human dynamics of the family, as well. This book is definitely a solid entry to the true crime genre, reporting sympathetically and deftly without resorting to the titillation which it is clearly against.

I received this book gratis as part of Goodreads' First Reads program.

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09/12/2010 page 57
17.0% "V entertaining so far, and welcome after The Golden Bough."

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