James Keene had it all: cars, girls, houses up and down the Gold Coast. But behind his well-connected star athlete façade was a money-obsessed drug dealer desperate to make the big score to get him out of the business. When he was sentenced to prison, it seemed the only lessons he would learn would be about navigating convict society. Instead, he was offered a chance to regain his freedom in return for going undercover in the nation's highest security prison for the criminally insane. His task: to get friendly with Larry Hall, a mentally unbalanced serial rapist and murderer, and obtain his confession. For nearly a year, Keene walked the line between the part he played and the self he hoped to redeem, all the while dodging punches from deranged inmates, currying favor with imprisoned Mafia dons, and staying beneath the radar of Larry's oddly protective psychiatrist.
©2010 James Keene with Hillel Levin (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a fascinating true story that kept me gripped throughout. Going in I thought I may be frustrated to be hearing more about James Keene and less about the Larry Hall case but Keene cuts a charming figure and you're soon with him every step of the way.
This is also helped by the excellent narration. Robertson Dean gives each major character a distinct voice and reads with an easy, natural pace rather than the pauseless stream of words that hinder some audiobooks.
"Very sobering and unfortunately true"
It reveals how inadequate and flawed our criminal justice system really is and the primitive nature of the psychiatric "profession". One can only pity those who become ensnared in this system. Incarceration has become a horrible self perpetuating business.
The story was written very amateurishly and also had a weak ending. The interactions with the serial killer was brief and simple .
This is on one of my favorite subjects but I was even bored with this story. Pity ....
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