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Relentless Pursuit: A True Story of Family, Murder, and the Prosecutor Who Wouldn't Quit

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If One L is the book to read before law school, Relentless Pursuit is the book to read after-a real-life legal thriller that shows, from the inside, a prosecutor's quest to deliver justice to a family devastated by murder.

What happened to Diane Hawkins and her daughter Katrina-a brutal double murder in which the girl's heart was cut from her body-devastated a Washington,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Putnam Adult (first published 2007)
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Nov 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
The first half of this book about a mother and daughter who was killed by her ex-boyfriend was interesting. The second half was a lot of trial testimony, which was mostly repetitive of what we already were told. I would give the first half of the book 5 stars and the second half 2 stars, although if you like that sort of thing it would probably be 5 stars for you.
♥ Marlene♥
Third time lucky. Not because I did not like the writing but not sure I liked the people. Now I have read more than a hundred pages and what great author Kevin Flynn is.

Update March 15 2016. Finished this morning and what a great book it was. To be honest I searched if the prosecutor really wrote this book and I could not find any co authors so Mister Flynn.."Respect. You have outwritten some of the most wellknown true crime authors of now"

This case is not one with lots of surprises or one where
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellently-written account of a truly hideous, grisly crime. For a change, we get a pretty good sense of who the victims were and a real sense of their places in the world before they were taken. This is not a sympathetic bio of the killer at all, but we get a fair sense of who that guy is, too. The author, who prosecuted the case, describes a truly hair-raising trial in just the right amount of detail, without once bogging down in the kind of details that would only interest a lawyer. You s ...more
Judy Frey
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Since I was very young, I have loved true crime stories. I would actually rate this about 3.5. Kevin Flynn is a federal prosecutor who has written several books about his cases. He is highly skilled at describing the mind- boggling things that humans are capable of doing to each other, as well as describing defendants that present as benign everyday people when they are, in fact, monsters. It is always fascinating to me. This is a story of a man who murdered the mother of his child and another i ...more
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a good story made very interesting by a good author. I enjoy true crimes. I especially liked how the author had a family story of his own to tell and how well it was woven into this crime story. Good read...
Bill reilly
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Flynn opens his story with a visit to a Maryland cemetery and the final resting place for the victims of a brutal crime in Washington, D.C. Diane Hawkins and her 13 year-old daughter, Katrina, are at the center of the case. He recited a prayer for the faithful departed at the grave site. He promised to write a book, and 14 years later, this is it. In May of 1993, Diane and Katrina were mutilated, with the daughter’s heart cut out. Naturally, the crime scene was a bloody mess. The bodies we ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. This true story is very compelling with the twists and turns throughout, and the dogged pursuit. Very graphic at times, but needs to be to indicate the horrific acts that were committed. The judicial system almost made it impossible to bring the individual to justice.
Gail Hedlund
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow...who would guess that a horrible crime could have such an effect on DA, investigators & those who show up after the crime is committed. Powerful story.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
A mother and daughter are brutally murdered one night, and the main suspect is an ex-boyfriend, who had been visiting the home that night. The only known motive is her claim against him for child support, for the son he fathered.
The book is written by the prosecutor of the case, and is at least twice as long as it needs to be to tell the story. Some points are made multiple times, and many other details made are unnecessary. I'm guessing the point is to develop the victims and the prosecutor fo
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Well, this is not usually a book I would read (anymore). I say anymore, because I used to enjoy a good thriller by Mary Higgins Clark or something, but I'm a lot more sensitive since I've had kids, so it's been a long time. However, it was one of those things where I picked it up at the library, read the first chapter, and then had to see how it ended. It was also FAR less creepy for me reading it from a prosecuting attorney's perspective, than it would have been reading something from the kille ...more
Jill Hutchinson
Jun 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
I do not particularly like books written in the first person but I will make an exception in this instance. The author, prosecuting a horrible double murder in DC, gives an insider's glimpse into the machinations of the court system as well as the police work involved in bringing the suspect to trial.
The murder is a veritable slaughter of a mother and young daughter and the author pulls no punches in the description of the crime. He has a touching relationship with the large, extended family of
Sheri Salatin
Jan 26, 2009 rated it liked it
This book was hard to put down. I don't usually like books written in the first person, but this one was a definite exception. Flynn, a prosecuting attorney, weaves an amazing story. He tells things in the order in which he discovered them. I completely agree with the cover of the book - "An aspicious debut...reads like a thriller."

Flynn is given a case of a murdered mother and daughter. And it's not just a murder, these two women were butchered. Gruesome details, a man hunt, amazing testimonies
Barbara Nutting
Aug 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
I am totally amazed when I read the other reviews! This book is slow and boring - no oomph! Some lawyers can really write, but Mr Flynn isn't one of them!! I'm only finishing it because I want to see what happens. So far, all I'm getting out of this book is that these people ought to be practicing birth control!! They keep producing all these illegitimate kids and are then unable to work which just perpetuates their poverty. What a vicious circle! I should have quit while I was ahead - the book ...more
Oct 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent "true crime" book that reads like a novel in most respects. Written by the prosecutor of the case, we learn all about the gruesome killings of a mother and her teenage daughter and the search for the killer. I liked the fact that we're not told who did it until the verdict comes back in the trial. It kept me wondering if they were going to find extra information that would bring about a new suspect. ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True Crime and Crout Case Fans
This book is written by a federal prosecuting lawyer. It was well written and very interesting. I enjoy reading about the trial in a true crime case. This book gave me information and insight I had previously not had. If you like true crime and the building of the legal case against a defendant this is a must read.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a true story told by the prosecutor of a case about the murder of a mother and daughter in Washington, DC. What I liked about it was the author's commitment to the victims and their family. It is apparent that this case from his career as prosecutor struck a chord. The victims were black and it is refreshing to see that their murders were given the attention they deserved. ...more
Alison Shurtleff
Jun 29, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's hard to believe the author is also a prosecutor. Obviously he has many talents. This book reads like a well-written mystery, except that you know from the start who dunnit. Very entertaining and informative. But then, true crime is pretty much all I read. ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This book tells the story of a prosecutor's journey to bring convict a man of the brutal murders he committed. The strength of the victims family, and their example for the prosecutor as he faces his own personal challenges at that the same time. ...more
Jul 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Compelling story. The prosecutor takes you right into the courtroom and keeps it interesting throughout the whole book. At the end, after seeing the actual trial and how the evidence was presented, there's no doubt in my mind that the jury reached the correct verdict. ...more
Donna Medina
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a moving and compassionate portrait of two families --the author's and the Hawkins family as well as the gripping trial of the man accused of murdering two of the Hawkins family members. ...more
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
A sad tale, despite the success of the prosecution: in the end no one wins.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Written by the prosecutor the book is a very faithful description of a gruesome double murder and the ensuing trial.; interesting, but could have moved a bit faster
Marianne Jay
Mar 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read this book for a long time - but I had a real problem with it. I am a true crime fanatic and this one just didn't pass muster. ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-stories
It was a very good read. It was written like a nonfiction, but it had a bit of a fictional story aspect.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Well written book about a true story of a mother and daughter who was murdered by an ex boyfriend.
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
True crime about a horrible DC double murder. Very well written by the DA on the case.
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