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The Professor and the Prostitute

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Published January 27th 1988 by Random House Value Publishing
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graveyardgremlin (formerly faeriemyst)
The stories are interesting, but the author's tendency to put herself into the text was off-putting and an annoyance. I found her pretentious and didn't appreciate how she seemed to think herself an expert in psychology. I'm not saying she might not be correct in certain cases, but the way she presented her "diagnoses" made it sound like those were the concrete conclusions. I have my doubts. Very dated and uninspired, with, surprisingly, many typos.
Jun 05, 2017 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really well done interesting cases.
Jan 30, 2011 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime, reviewed
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
Jun 02, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!!
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.
A variety of interesting cases covered by crime reporter Linda Wolfe. Insightful despite the brevity of each case presentation. This book includes the only non-fiction version I'm aware of, of the lives and deaths of Cyril and Stewart Marcus, the twin gynecologists in the David Cronenberg biopic "Dead Ringers."

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.
Sep 10, 2015 Patty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I am always fascinated by the endless ways in which humans are flawed. This book is a bit pulpy, but it fit the "Shades of depravity" bill.
Apr 17, 2012 Soapykitty rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-book
A good,quick read.
The crimes are interesting but she doesn't really add much insight. DNF.
John Deltuvia
The author seems to have a problem understanding that knives work quite as well as guns, and guns do not just force an upstanding citizen to cock them while aiming at another person.
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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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