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Disguised as one of her own, an 85-year-old widower opens the door to cold-blooded murder. In warm July of 2014, a loving grandmother is brutally murdered in her own house. Mildred “Dodie” Harrington is killed for money, lust, and greed by her own grandson. A trail of betrayal is traced back to the traitor demanding justice for the elderly victim. Is the family bonded by blood or stained with blood? Unthinkable: Who Kills Their Grandmother? by James W Marquart is a true-crime story. An investigation into a real-life murder case, this book takes you by hand from the crime scene to the court stand. It is an excellent commentary on criminology and law.

This is a well-written, fast-paced page-turner detailing every aspect of the story. As said by the author, the characters are real-life individuals, and I found them well-written. They are written with the deserved respect and sensitivity. Though the narration was fairly neutral about the case facts, it also focused on the personal stories of family members. That added depth to the subjectivity for readers to care about this case, particularly among the hundreds they read in the news headlines. Though skillfully researched, there was a lot of redundant and just unnecessary extra information. It was difficult to follow the investigation among the unnecessary dialogues and conversations.

Unthinkable: Who Kills Their Grandmother? by James W Marquart is a true crime biography about how one man murdered his grandmother in cold blood. It dives into a dark background and dwells in the fascinating intricacies of the investigation, construction of a case, and trial of a gruesome murder. It is an example of taking a realistic approach to criminal justice while maintaining the reader’s interest.

Pages: 183 | ASIN : B0BKLPTRYJ

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