Anyway, I was recently delighted to be contacted by Chris Rudy, an ex-law enforcement officer of 30+ years who, along with journalist, George Davies, had written a book, The Last Victim, which he'd like me to review.
Only to happy to oblige, here's my thoughts on that very book.
THE LAST VICTIM by CHRISTOPHER RUDY with GEORGE DAVIS
Authors Chris Rudy and George Davis tell the story of a man they believe is one of the – if not the most – dangerous criminals in Northeast Ohio history in “The Last Victim”. Rudy and Davis believe that the crime of rape causes as much devastation as any knife or gun.
The authors tell the story of William Edward Griffith Jr. whose criminal acts of voyeurism and rape spanned three decades and six states. He essentially reached the pinnacle as a serial rapist extraordinaire before coming across Melissa Brown, who became his last victim.
......... Press release, to read the full article click HERE.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Despicable!
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 59): He used his fingerprint dusting kit like Da Vinci used his paints, brushing the dark contrasting powder with even, fluid strokes. Bob intently paid attention to detail, deep in concentration all the while he watched and waited for a pattern to rise up from the color and shapes of his work, like Da Vinci with his canvas.
MY THOUGHTS: If this was a crime novel I'd have to say that it wasn't graphic enough for my liking.
BUT it isn't a novel, these events actually occurred, and as such the fact that it wasn't over-sensationalised somehow makes it even more chilling, the fact that it is so stark making it all the more harrowing.
The story of the case that brought notorious serial voyeur and rapist William Griffith Jr to justice, The Last Victim isn't always comfortable reading but it does offer an intriguing insight into the world of law enforcement, the judicial system and forensics that makes for interesting and informative reading.
Perhaps let down a little bit by the writing that at times read like an essay, I nevertheless found this a very readable account of one man's determination to catch a criminal whose crimes spanned three decades.
An author interview with Chris Rudy. Please feel free to leave any questions.