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A series of brutal home invasions terrified Los Angeles in 1937. They ended in Chicago a year later with the arrest of African American teenager Robert Nixon, igniting racial tensions in an already appallingly divided city.

Tortured in custody and portrayed by the press in the most lurid and flagrantly racist terms, Nixon faced an all-white jury. It would be the fastest conviction in the history of Cook County. Used as inspiration for Richard Wright’s classic social protest novel, Native Son, the case against Nixon is a still-relevant examination of bigotry, suppressed rage, and the making of a murderer.

The Brick Slayer is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • T. Stephens
  • 11-08-19

Love Weber

This entire series is great. I love Weber's performance--I found these by searching for him after finishing King's It, and wish he would do more.

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  • BGDaddy
  • 01-08-18

political

this book definitely has a political agenda. I didn't like the slant. the fact that we lived in a different time does not excuse these killings

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  • MACXAVIER
  • 13-03-19

DIGUSTING EXCUSE FOR A RAPIST AND MURDERER

I am so disappointed in the direction this book took when describing the trial and execution of Nixon the brick slayer. He admitted to his crimes had blood from the scenes on him had no alibi and all the brick slayings stopped after his incarceration. This book however decides the real tradegy is that the murderer rapist alleges police brutality, not the despicable crimes this man committed. the book suggest that If you are not outraged by Nixons execution and alleged mistreatment than you must be a racist kkk "white suprmecist". Nixon deserved his execution and worse. His wretched memory deserves no sympathy, and honestly if he was abused by police he deserved it for the misery his existence and crimes inflicted upon innocents. shame on you if you choose to agree with this books outrageous premise.

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  • veronica
  • 17-11-20

Only “Blacks” Commit Crime in America .

White criminal characters in books are NEVER described as a white man again and again. A description may be given ONCE(white male, blue eyes, blonde hair) and never referring to the white man again. In this book, it seems every criminal is a “Black” man and, of course, he had to be dressed shabbily and always coming from a single parent home, with huge lips with a big flat nose and ugly. Obviously, you have some issues with skin color, in particular “Black” skin. Maybe you don’t know that there are just as many white skinned criminals in this country but they are not published in newspapers or on TV EVERYDAY which says only Black men commit crime. I overheard a policeman say to his partner “if all niggers were put out of U.S., our country, would have NO crime”. Most white people truly believe these stereotypes which are so untrue. There is poor white trash you never see highlighted in the news or on TV; it’s as though they don’t exist in the heartland and out west. I HATE your book!!!!!’m

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  • laura quijada
  • 11-09-20

True crime must!

If you enjoy true crime I highly recommend Harold Schechter. At 1st I didn’t like the narrator voice on this one but got use to it & then it was fine. The story was good, he give multiple side to the same story & is great with the facts to back it.

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  • David Theis
  • 05-09-20

Brick brain bludgeoning serial rapist

Wow, another captivating true account of a man who slipped into peoples windows, raped, then beat his victims to death with a brick. Horrifying yet enthralling.

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  • kandi
  • 27-08-20

fast read

i took a chamce w these books and i absolutely loved all that ive read so far.

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  • Catherine R.
  • 12-04-20

Short and Sweet

This was concisely done and can be digested in one sitting. I appreciated that it brings up Native Son by Richard Wright.

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  • Samantha Bakunzi
  • 09-02-20

love

the series is unbelievably amazing I love everything about it. the narrator is top-notch too

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  • Jordan
  • 29-11-19

Hm

Something about this has an unfinished quality to it, but that has more to do with the gravity of the story than the truth to it. It's dark and honest and good.