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The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories (Paperback)

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I like reading true crime, but  usually only in short form. This collection of articles by Mark Bowden features many types of criminals:  the accidental, the entrapped, the bad cop, the psychopath, and the amoral. There is one celebrated cold case that Bowden was probably the first to write on in depth, the murder of Sherri Rasmussen, which has since become a "Dateline" episode, a book, and probably inspired a raft of Lifetime Movies. His introduction covers the challenges of writing about crime in a succinct fashion in the age of information glut, but this is a challenge that he meets. And it's of interest not just for the addictive cases, but the issues (unequal justice,  bogus oft-repeated crime stats, police that protect their own, sexual harassment) that we still grapple with in the over 30 year span this book covers.

— From Carla's Picks


From Mark Bowden, a "master of narrative journalism" (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.

Six captivating true-crime stories, spanning Mark Bowden's long and illustrious career, cover a variety of crimes complicated by extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a lifetime achievement award from International Thriller Writers, Bowden revisits in The Case of the Vanishing Blonde some of his most riveting stories and examines the effects of modern technology on the journalistic process.

From a story of a campus rape at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 that unleashed a moral debate over the nature of consent when drinking and drugs are involved to three cold cases featuring the inimitable Long Island private detective Ken Brennan and a startling investigation that reveals a murderer within the LAPD's ranks, shielded for twenty six years by officers keen to protect one of their own, these stories are the work of a masterful narrative journalist at work. Gripping true crime from a writer the Washington Post calls "an old pro."

About the Author

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780802158680
ISBN-10: 0802158684
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English