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All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  6,126 ratings  ·  522 reviews
Aaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. His every move as a tight end with the New England Patriots played out the headlines, yet he led a secret life--one that ended in a maximum-security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?

Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernand
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published January 22nd 2018 by Little, Brown and Company
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Alex Abramovich Interviews with 70+ subjects, FOI requests, multiple research trips to Florida and California as well as Bristol and other locations in New England.…moreInterviews with 70+ subjects, FOI requests, multiple research trips to Florida and California as well as Bristol and other locations in New England. The chapters are as short and/or long as they need to be (there are no one page chapters), but the book itself is not especially short: 70,000+ words. Something like 74,000, if memory serves.(less)

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Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Capitalising on some ‘pulled from the headlines’ impetus, James Patterson collaborates with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey to bring readers into the troubled life of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, exploring his rise to fame before he stumbled and crashed into a legal quagmire that would eventually lead to his suicide in 2017. While football may not have been the first thing people considered when mentioning Connecticut, anyone who had heard of Aaron Hernandez might feel differently. A powerh ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aaron Hernandez is big deal in the NFL. The news of the crimes he committed is a big deal. As this was happening, it was off my radar so I was unfamiliar with Aaron Hernandez and the crime. Lucky for me I get everything all wrapped up in a book.

I was so impressed with Patterson's last true crime Filthy Rich, I had high expectations for All-American Murder. I was left a little underwhelmed. The timeline was good starting from Hernandez's youth to his last days in prison. This guy was such a ninco
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I bought it a few hours ago and stayed up until 4am reading it. It was written so well and had so much information I never knew about. I was a fan of Hernandez, until it came to light that he was involved in Lloyd’s murder. The story fascinated me and still does. Patterson did an amazing job writing about it and the details he used. Truly a great read!
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
As an English person, I will confess that what I know about american football would probably not even fill a sheet of A3 paper, but I found this to be a fascinating read. I'd never heard of Aaron Hernandez before this, I'm not sure why, as the court cases and then his death received worldwide coverage.
As I was reading this I thought that Aaron was arrogant enough to believe himself above the law, but having finished it I think that it's a little more complicated than that.
I do like James Patter
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Non-fiction like this opens a window into an entire life in such a way that rarely, rarely makes it into the 364.1523 classification. Patterson has his name on it and the feature of short chapters is recognizable from forms used within his fiction work. But there is where all comparisons stop, IMHO. This just seems a better level of observation, and especially context nuance and particulars- down to conversation phone, recordings, video records that put them all into Aaron's mouth, eyes, movemen ...more
♥ Sandi ❣
4.5 stars

Such a sad story about a young man who took his life, when he had so much talent and so much to give. It is another story about a wayward young man, whose talent pushed him into the limelight, when he could not shed his dubious background.

Aaron Hernandez died while in prison, convicted of the murder of a good friend. He was a finance', a father, a son and and a brother. He had been a tight end for the Patriots football team. He was dead at 28, from an apparent suicide. CTE was said to
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting read for a Bostonian, knowing the streets and alleys where some of the murders took place and knowing a lot of the players involved (no pun intended). I found it to be pretty engrossing and read it in one day. And it left me feeling sorry for Aaron Hernandez, which is something since he was a murderer when it came right down to it.
Frances L Dobbs
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guilty? I think not.

Maybe I'm one of the few who enjoys facts about a case. While many have boycotted this book I could not. I am a Florida girl, born and raised right here in Alachua County. Home of the Fighting Gators!
I remember Aaron playing for UF. I remember the issues he faced here and I always asked the same question... Can they prove it was him? You can put him anywhere you want in the picture but can you prove it was him?
Some may call me crazy, some will disagree with me, but hear me
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a troubling, somewhat lurid book about the life, crimes, and death of Aaron Hernandez, a one-time tight end for the New England Patriots NFL team.

My takeaways: Every single owner of an NFL team is a billionaire. The NFL is a greedy, immoral organization that elevates and pays huge sums to excellent athletes for perhaps five to ten years of their lives, bashes their brains to pulp, and has long tried to ignore or minimize the epidemic of CTE--chronic traumatic encephalopathy that has been
Mar 08, 2018 added it
Shelves: true-crime
This is a straightforward telling of the tragic story of Aaron Hernandez. Aaron was an extremely gifted athlete who threw away his talent in favor of living the thug life. He had everything going for him and through bad luck, bad choices, and the possible destruction of his brain through repeated hits to his head his life went into a downward spiral of drugs and eventually murder. This book didn't do a great job of developing all of the characters like the best true crime books do. After finishi ...more
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
What a thug, and tremendous waste of real athletic ability. This story also reflects poorly on the business of football in general, collegiate and NFL. Avid fans may enjoy this but I'm not in that camp. My husband bought this book and it was sitting on the coffee table.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have never read a James Patterson book before, (though i often question whether ol' JP does more than rubber stamp his name on the final draft) so I was surprised at the short chapters. Page 228 of 363 was chapter 71.

I'm not sure if any new information was brought to light, but it felt pretty thorough.

Maybe too liberal use of pronouns, as at times it was confusing differentiating whether the "he" was hernandez or his friend Bradley, especially in the context of text message conversations.

Deb Jones
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
James Patterson brings his award-winning writing to true crime in this look at Aaron Hernandez, his life before the NFL and the crimes he was charged with and subsequently found guilty of some and not guilt of others.

Hernandez's ability to make great decisions on the football field did not always extend to his personal life as far as his choice of friends. His loyalty to those friends and their actions went a long way toward his own actions, including a proclivity to violence.

Written in Patters
Lisa K
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I just finished my first James Patterson book...does anybody know of any good Aaron Hernandez books? I just wanted to know what happened but the only real info I got was that Tim Tebow and Tom Brady were so annoying to hang with that they literally drove poor Aaron to do multiple homicides?
Donna Lewis
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book because I was curious about how a man with seemingly everything going for him could be convicted of murder and subsequently commit suicide. (You can tell this is a Patterson book because of the short chapters...and writing credit is shared with two other authors.). But as to Mr. Hernandez. He lost his father, he lost his focus, he was a very talented athlete, he believed in his invincibility, he abused many drugs, he hung with and was totally loyal to his gang/criminal friends, ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fall River, Massachusetts (CNN)Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez looked on impassively Wednesday as he was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, a new low for a young man who once enjoyed a $40 million pro-football contract and now stands convicted in the 2013 murder of onetime friend Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez, 25, appeared to shake his head "no" earlier as jurors in the Massachusetts trial found him guilty of first-degree murder. He was also found guilty of unlawful pos
Angela Williamson
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book did not let up once I started reading it. I had not kept up with this case as it was happening so a lot of this was new to me. The authors tried to present a balanced, unbiased story. Because I question so many things, I wonder how much of Hernandez's behavior was due to repeated tackles and hits to the head. Or was it the drugs and the people he ran around with? Would things have been different if his father had lived? Were there too many excuses made based on his football abilities a ...more
Savanah Rae
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
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Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-crime
If you are a football fan you are probably familiar with the name Aaron Hernandez. Aaron could have had the world by the tail but instead went down the path of drugs, gangs, violence and murder. He was a very talent player in college and played a few years for the New England Patriots. This book raises a question about whether brain injuries from football and rampant drug use played a role in the murderer's thinking. The author leaves it up to you to decide.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding. I knew a lot about the case before this book, but this has so much more detail.
Justin Daniel
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, nonfiction
I am a big football fan, so I was aware and following most of the tragic story that followed Aaron Hernandez. For those not familiar, he was this huge man who was a brilliant tight end for the New England Patriots. He played in the second New England Patriot loss against the Giants in 2012, but many believed he was just beginning a Hall of Fame career. A bright start would end in tragedy after Hernandez was investigated in conjunction with a murder. As the case opened up, Hernandez would eventua ...more
Nancy Kennedy
Apr 02, 2018 rated it liked it
True crime saga about football player Aaron Hernandez. He was a nasty punk and I feel dirty after spending time reading about his story. Knowing he played football for the Florida Gators and the NE Patriots makes me question the culture of these pampered overpaid jocks.
Marie-Elena Mahoney
The Rise & Fall of Aaron Hernandez

I love James Patterson so I read many of his books so I decided to try this. I’m from the Boston area so I knew a lot about the subject! I just didn’t know how bad he really was! I would recommend it because it held my interest from being to end! He was one sick puppy!!
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew I wanted to read this book. I'm a fan of James Patterson. I'm a Steelers fan who has a Patriot's fan for a husband, so learning more about this little Pats blemish was also a plus. And I'm a lawyer, so the whole murder trial(s) piece appealed to me as well. I had no idea how many more connections I would have though.

I was fascinated by the back story-Hernandez playing with Tim Tebow and being coached by Urban Meyer (did I mention I'm an Ohio State fan too?) Plus I didn't realize that Ste
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldn’t put it down! Great storytelling and a fascinating story of Aaron Hernandez’s life. The one thing that drove me crazy was all the grammatical errors in this book - single words left out in a sentence, etc. I will never understand how these types of things are not caught in editing. Regardless though, a good read that you’ll speed through!
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, non-fiction
So maybe not the best written book (Did Patterson really write it? Or just put his name on it so people would read it?) but morbidly fascinating. And sad. One of those stories where you think, "If this event wouldn't have happened, the end result might have been different." Guess we will never know the entire truth.
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a messed up guy! Too many hits to the head.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
As the title indicates, this story tells of the rise and fall of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez was an exceptionally talented athlete. I found the story to be a sad one. He had everything going for him but he made bad choices. His father died when he was thirteen and he felt adrift. He used drugs and associated with gang members. The hits on the football field affected his brain so much that the autopsy revealed the worst brain damage known of a person of his age.

Apr 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I heard James Patterson wrote this book I wanted to read this. This story was very well written. Even though it talked about most of the details I heard or read in the news it also talked about a lot of things I didn't know. I loved ❤ how James Patterson was very straight down the middle. This story was very sad 😢 & very heart breaking 💔. My heart 💙 & prayers 🙏 go out all the families 👪 in this story. Aaron Hernandez was fabulous football 🏈 player with a lot of problems & if all ...more
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James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books wo
“What we do know is that Aaron Hernandez was an escape artist. On the football field, no one could catch him. In Florida, he was a few steps removed from a terrible shooting that no one had answered for. In Boston, he almost certainly committed a double murder that he got away with.
And when Aaron was caught, and convicted, for Odin Lloyd’s murder, he continued to find new ways to escape. By killing himself, he escaped a long life behind bars.”
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