January 2, 2015

Review: Cold Blooded Killers by RJ Parker

Title: Cold Blooded Killers
Author: RJ Parker
Series: True Crime Library RJPP, #8
Genre: True Crime 
Publisher: RJ Parker Publishing
Release Date: January 27, 2013
Source: Provided by Author
Reviewer: Kat

Book Summary

In this riveting book, an award-winning Canadian Author delves into the gritty, gruesome details of the most notorious spree killers, school shooters, and serial killers the world has ever seen. (Read how Edmund Kemper decapitated his mother's head, used it as a dartboard, and then cut out her voice box and placed it in the garbage disposal.)
"Cold Blooded Killers is a blood-curdling collection of some of the most famous and the least known multiple-murder cases. I primarily bought this book as a source file for my own writing as I find the information to be well-informed and easy to read. The very human stories in this massive collection are filled with the tragedies of the victims' encounters with the abnormal criminals who most of us thankfully avoid in our day-to-day lives. Some very eclectic selections and some well-known cases are presented to us by a writer who is always striving to advance in his True Crime expositions. The thing I like most about this author's true crime writing is that the victims are never forgotten and the murderers are not sensationalized but portrayed for what they really are, sociopathic cold-blooded killers." - William Cook

They will feel that their own lives are over, and aim to take as many people with them as they can. Once their killing spree is over, they most often either commit suicide, or force the police to use deadly force against them, in other words, suicide by cop.

To date, RJ has donated over 1,900 books to allied troops serving overseas and to our wounded warriors recovering in Naval and Army hospitals all over the world. He also donates a large percentage of royalties to Victims of Violent Crimes.

My Thoughts

I may have just found a new favourite genre...True Crime. I've always stayed well within fictional worlds as I deemed it a safer place to hang out. However for some reason, I've been in a bit of a reading funk these past months. To the rescue is author RJ Parker with his very intriguing style of writing and even more interesting subject matter. I had no expectations going in and am glad for it. 

Riveting, gritty and astonishing, this book was a definite 5 star read for me. Kept me up most of the night devouring every word. Some of the spree killings and school massacres were familiar to me, however, specific details were not. 

The author does a spectacular job at retelling the events around these tragedies. Mainly facts are relayed, however each event is told with a distinctive focus on the victims so they are not overshadowed by the horrific events. A few Authors Notes along the way were the only indication of how the author truly felt about it all. I wonder if those Author Notes were included to either lighten the reader's mood and snap us back from the depths of horrifying violence that reading these accounts brought us to. Whatever the reason, it was appreciated. 

Highly recommend this read to fans of True Crime and have already deeply delved into the next book on serial killers by this author.

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1 comment:

  1. R J Parker has a very good gift of being able to bring the stories to life and letting you into a world that is hard to believe is real.