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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A rare insight into one of the most disturbing trends of our times

As I read MURDERS MOST FOUL, the relevance of Rebecca Coffey’s book became painfully clear. Seven people were killed and three more wounded at Oikos University by student One L. Goh, the latest tragedy in a baffling series of U.S. school killings that began in 1927.  In MURDERS MOST FOUL, Coffey plumbs that disturbing history, an exploration that suggests the trend may continue.

These widely publicized tragedies have provided many with a soapbox for their views.  MURDERS MOST FOUL avoids that temptation. Instead, Coffey scours away the sensationalism and presents us with unvarnished portraits of those who have committed some of history’s most merciless crimes, often with methodical premeditation. In prose compelling by its stark focus, Coffey avoids facile polemics and challenges us to reach our own conclusions, something which may leave some readers unsatisfied. For me, the lack of sermonizing was a sign of respect to the reader’s intelligence. In all, I found  MURDERS MOST FOUL a rare insight into one of the most disturbing trends of our times.

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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