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A STRANGER IN THE FAMILY: A True Story of Murder, Madness, and Uncondition al Love.

Naifeh, Steven W. ; Smith, Gregory White.

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ISBN 10: 0525939733 / ISBN 13: 9780525939733
Published by Dutton,, 1985
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Hardcover first edition signed by both authors in ink on half-title page. Covers clean; pages tight, clean, unmarked. Minimal DJ wear if that. Very good+ for both book itself and DJ. Not a remainder copy. ;. Bookseller Inventory # 38286

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Title: A STRANGER IN THE FAMILY: A True Story of ...

Publisher: Dutton,

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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An intimate portrait of the slow disintegration of a family documents the ordeal of everyone close to rapist and murderer Richard Daniel Starrett--the epitome of the all-American boy--who confessed to a two-year rampage attacking young women. 50,000 first printing. $40,000 ad/promo. Tour.


The setting is the progressive South United States of the 80s, where education and hard work offer hope for the good life--until mental illness brings tragedy. This is an unusual true-crime book because it's neither a whodunit, nor a manhunt, nor an account of a trial. Instead, it's a character study of a sadistic sexual predator who is all too human in his desperate need for love, and of his family members who need, just as desperately, to believe that their love for him will make them whole again. Authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith are adept at teasing out the many-layered subtleties of the criminal mind. Here they create a thought-provoking portrait by alternating passages from the well-educated killer's own diary, with the unfolding narrative of how the revelations of his crimes are affecting his family. It includes a surprising twist, and a powerful scene of confrontation near the end.

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