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Dig deep into the unsolved murder of Jackie English and join the hunt for a serial killer

Fifty years ago, a serial killer prowled the quiet city of London, Ontario, marking it as his hunting grounds. As young women and boys were abducted, raped, and murdered, residents of the area held their loved ones closer and closer, terrified of the monster - or monsters - stalking the streets. Homicide detective Dennis Alsop began hunting the killer in the 1960s, and he didn’t stop searching until his death 40 years later. For decades, detectives, actual and armchair, and the victims’ families and friends continued to ask questions: Who was the Forest City Killer? Was there more than one person, or did a depraved individual commit all of these crimes on his own? 

Combing through the files Detective Alsop left behind, researcher Vanessa Brown reopens the cases, revealing previously unpublished witness statements, details of evidence, and astonishing revelations. And through her investigation, Vanessa posits the unthinkable: is it possible that the Forest City Killer is still alive and, like the notorious Golden State Killer, a simple DNA test could bring him to justice?

©2019 Vanessa Brown (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Julius Pepperwood
  • 21-11-19

Terrible narration.

Couldn't get past the first chapter due to very stiff narration. Can't comment on the book itself.

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  • Jessica Hoffman
  • 10-04-20

Content and research top notch

Unfortunately the narration was flat and robotic with odd pronunciations. Reminiscent of a female computer voice in text to speech programs. It was quite distracting!

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  • Kristin Sherrill
  • 13-04-21

disjointed writing

the writing is disjointed...which makes it hard to follow at times. connections aren't made where they should have been...

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  • Buretto
  • 04-08-20

Promises a lot, delivers little

Caveat emptor: Read the summary closely, and realize it never commits to a resolution, or anything like it. What you get is a lot of intrusion on family grief and speculation on a variety of weird men who circulated around the area. Then there is the odd admiration for a detective who, as far as can be seen, didn't really accomplish anything, other than accept a confession of a suspect in one case, who'd broken down on his own. Essentially, the mention of the Golden State Killer in the summary is less a reference to the similarity of the crimes, and more an acknowledgement that the story is unfinished. The narration is fine as it goes, but it seems the narrator is only Canadian on very specific words, and even then, oddly so.

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  • Merkavius
  • 02-11-19

All Wrong

As far as religion goes the facts are all wrong.
Might want to do some research first. To be honest the writer really has no idea what she’s talking about. Very ignorant. This book was extremely frustrating.

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