A Time For Redemption (Sara Smith - FBI Book 2)
Sure there was a murder but once you learn the details and the circumstances surrounding it you'll understand both the victim and the perp are empathetic characters. The plot sounds very Hollywood and occasionally I had to remind myself that this is a true st As others have said in their reviews, there really is no "bad guy" in this story.
The plot sounds very Hollywood and occasionally I had to remind myself that this is a true story that happened to very real people. The writing was typical of a true crime book and I don't have any complaints on the author's style. This is a n excellent book! Well written and engaging. I had no idea that it was a true story until I got to the end.
Aug 20, Mj rated it really liked it. Crime doesn't pay, even when you're in law enforcement. A reader starting this book, who did not know it was a true crime story, might imagine it was a comedy. There's all these crimes going on in a rural area where everyone knows who's committing them; and all these informants being paid big bucks by the FBI, where everyone knows, including the criminals, who is getting paid to talk; and most of that money seems to be going to buying drugs and having a good time.
And on and on it all goes. Enter Mark Putnam, a rookie FBI agent, who gets caught up in A reader starting this book, who did not know it was a true crime story, might imagine it was a comedy. Enter Mark Putnam, a rookie FBI agent, who gets caught up in it all in a way that leaves him with a sterling work reputation, as well as a murder charge and conviction. Yes, he was the one charged and convicted, not the arresting agent. This book is definitely an interesting case study of a guilty man with a guilty conscience who knows sooner or later he will be caught; or simply will not be able to continue keeping the killing a secret.
He does end up confessing a year later, but only after he's caught by a failed lie detector test. So, why is he portrayed in such an heroic manner in this book?
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Because he did have a guilty conscience, instead of a narcissistic cheater's and killer's mind? Because of the lifestyle of the young woman he killed? Because of his wife's depression, domineering ways, and friendship with the young woman? Seriously, I'm beginning to wonder about Joe Sharkey's point of view when it comes to men who murder.
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Because this is the second book by him I've read where it almost seems like he's putting some women in the story on trial, making them at least partly responsible for the killings. The first book was Death Sentence , where he, without a doubt, portrayed John List's wife and mother as very guilty women. Of course, the women in both stories weren't responsible for the killings, the men were solely responsible for their actions. Mark Putnam was no hero. Yes, he was human, but so were the women in the story.
He was the one who killed and dumped a body, not his wife Kathy and not Susan Smith, the year-old he was cheating with and murdered. Maybe Mr. Sharkey should spend less time trying to make women guilty, as well as less time trying to elicit empathy and sympathy for men who kill women and children. Note: I received a free e-copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher.
Feb 10, Bonnie Kernene rated it it was amazing Shelves: truecrimebooks , netgalley , for , nonfiction. It was a really good book, very well written with well defined characters and a good storyline. It was very detailed and researched well. It was fair to both the victim and the killer.
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The victim was not overlooked. I will read any book written by this author. He is a great author, taking care to write the story well. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for an honest review. In the afterward, Sharkey explains that he stuck with this story and it with him because he found the events particularly haunting.
I can see why. This is a character driven story, one with all the archetypes of classic drama locked into a slow tragedy.
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The disappointment of this book is that this story has the elements of a great tragedy, but instead we get a tawdry mess. Of course real life is not a screenplay and any conclusion is preordained, but it is the job of the author to locate the thread of the story and bring it to that conclusion. Weirdly, that is just what Sharkey doesn't do. For an experienced journalist and author, he fails to give this narrative much motion or tension and the interviews that he did only add details to the conversations. This is a book that limps along without ever finding a rhythm.
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The persons in the book are flat and prone to hew to stereotypes, which leads to many awkward and unexplained actions. Sharkey has trouble making sense of all of the actors in this sordid tale, but he really can't seem to get a grasp on Mark's victim, Susan. There are times that he seems to want to describe her as kind and caring, to explain away Mark's involvement with her, but then she is also drug crazed and vicious.
At times she exhibits low cunning, at others she is noble and sacrificing. At times I felt these were artifacts of his composite portrait of a woman he never met, seeing Susan through the eyes of her sister and murderer, the loyal wife and the local police. He does not have the same problem with his hero though. Mark is solidly in the mold of a good man who erred and then placed his feet again on the path of the righteous.
I don't know what to think of that narrative. While I believe in redemption and making amends, Mark did not behave as selflessly as Sharkey wants us to believe. He waited more than a year to confess, and would have been waiting even longer, possibly forever, had there not been locals in the Tug Fork who wanted answers to what happened to Susan. With that in mind Mark's stalling and evasions under questioning reveal a man who later told himself that he always wanted to confess, and that going to prison was a relief. This book gets the story wrong.
First published in , this current publication has the addition of follow-up notes by the author updating the status of those involved and his observations during his return visit to the area of Pikeston, Kentucky. His wife, Kathy, is very supportive and patient with the extensive hours required for him to make a good first impression.
Part of his job is using informants, one of whom is a y First published in , this current publication has the addition of follow-up notes by the author updating the status of those involved and his observations during his return visit to the area of Pikeston, Kentucky.
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