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Being former law enforcement myself, this book was really disturbing to say the least. I know this occurred in the mid and late 90's but I do question why decided to trace the harassment and phony 911 calls if the Feds were helping him with his case.
This is a amazing book. A tale of police corruption, intelligently and suspensefully retold by Lehr, which, frighteningly enough, is all true. If you like the urban noir of Richard Price's fiction, or the pace of Jonathan Harr's nonfiction "A Civil Action" - this book, as well as Lehr's previous "Black Mass," are "must-reads"! Stephanie Albano Weston, MA
I know this sounds cliche but it's true, I literally could not place this book down. I finished it in 2 days, even delayed my weekend trip to [email protected]#$%!! This book is so well written and riveting, I was on the edge of my seat feeling like I couldn't read it quick enough. So much was revealed in this book that unfortunately (for Kenny Conley especially) wasn't revealed at trial, which a lot of people need to understand exposes the a lot of flaws in our "justice" system. Fortunately for Kenny, he had connections especially because he was a police officer, but what about Joe Citizen? It's clear that if you don't have a lot of cash to buy justice (because you can't obtain it without money), your next best bet is to have lots of mates in high places. Most of us don't dly, I live in the Boston area, although I know this problem is a national one, but the race problem is far from over, is quite likely worse than ever now. My significant other is Black and was a victim of police testilying 4 years ago (overwhelming evidence proves it, but he didn't have the means to obtain amazing counsel), arrested and jailed for over 3 years. He's not gone to trial yet but as you will read in this book, testilying is so pervasive you could say that it's almost impossible to trust any police officer. This means, our lives and words (especially if you are a person of color) are up versus this huge well-paid and well-connected "fraternity," and its extension into the DA's office and even courts, that are more likely to lie to WIN (yeah, it's a huge game) regardless of guilt. Yet the public in general is unknowingly more likely to believe a police officer simply because he/she believes police officers all uphold the law (thanks to shows like Law and Order). But in true life, most do not, this book reveals that fact, studies cited prove it overwhelmingly, as well as numerous other studies not mentioned. This is not about a few poor apples. Granted there are some amazing police officers but when an entire department sees itself as a "fraternity," the amazing ones have no choice but to turn a blind's eye or simply join the crowd, thus turning the whole bunch rotten.
My name's Merrick. I'm United States Marshal here. Along the Amazing Divide is directed by Raoul Walsh and written by Walter Doniger and Lewis Meltzer. It stars Kirk Douglas, Virginia Mayo, John Agar, Walter Brennan, Ray Teal, James Anderson and Morris Ankrum. Melody is by David Buttolph and cinematography by Sidney Hickox. U.S. Marshall Len Merrick (Douglas) and two deputies rescue suspected murderer Tim Keith (Brennan) from a lynch mob led by a local cattle baron who is convinced that Keith killed his son. The lawmen embark on a hazardous journey across the rugged terrains, determined to obtain Keith to Santa Loma for a fair trial... Kirk Douglas' first Western is something of an undervalued treat. It was a movie he didn't have fun making, where working out in the desert with Raoul Walsh proved something of a cross to bear. Yet the director got a very amazing turn out of Douglas, allowing the actor to place down a marker in the genre that would serve him well throughout his career. It sits very much in the psychological Western realm, a fact that some critics of the time failed to grasp - since complaints about not being a standard Oater were floated about! It really shouldn't have surprised anyone given that Douglas had already created a handful of superb movie noir pictures, he was surely cast for this pic on the strength of his noir characters. There's huge father problems abound in the whole film, the different strands keeping the narrative edgy. Merrick is a damaged man, and his companions that create up the group will all try his metal to the max. Not just for father issues, and a lack of water, but also via the presence of Keith's daughter, Ann (Mayo), who mercifully isn't just a token female dressage hero (she's feisty with believable emotional outpourings). It's a fraught journey for a lot of reasons and Walsh, notwithstanding cheesing Douglas off, keeps it deftly wound tight. The surroundings offer more troublesome discord to envelope the characters. Shot in gorgeous black and white by Hickox, the Alabama Hills and Mojave Desert locales provide barren landscapes that are juxtaposed with threatening looking rock formations. This often at times feels like an Anthony Mann/James Stewart landscape, which is high praise indeed. While the cast can't be faulted as they bring the drama to life, benefiting from the fine research of writers Doniger and Meltzer. Undeniably the film's major drawback is the lack of whodunit worth. The pic unfortunately plays its hand far too early in this respect, meaning we know who the assassin is. This could have lessened the excitement at story end, damagingly so, but we are never sure if we are going to be party to an Ox-Bow Incident or otherwise. This is well worth seeking out for fans of psychological Westerns, the a lot of Oedipal themes and the scorching landscapes ensure it's a tasty small number. 8/10
DONT HIIIITTT THHEE BAACCK BUTTON!! spent a hour and a half on my cover art ( not by my studio ) and thought it was amazing only for it all to be thrown away by the back button accidentally getting pressed when I was showing someone :/ five stars if you simply add the "are you sure you wish to quit" pop up 😂