So today I started the great unshelving of 2015 and turning my study into a study/library 😍 It’s been a massive job because I’ve got so many books…
I have to admit, that the context of offender and crimes are not my usual taste, and as such, heavily influenced my opinion on this story.
Blurb: Millions in stolen property, revolting sex crimes and murder-for-hire were all in the mix for a Las Vegas police detective as he toiled to take Sin City’s most prolific criminal off the streets for good.
Las Vegas Police Detective Bradley Nickell brings you the inside scoop on the investigation of the most prolific repeat offender Las Vegas has ever known.
Daimon Monroe looked like an average guy raising a family with his diffident schoolteacher girlfriend. But just below the surface, you’ll learn he was an accomplished thief with an uncontrollable lust for excess. His criminal mind had no bounds—he was capable of anything given the proper circumstances.
You will be revolted by Monroe’s amassed wealth through thievery, his plot to kill Detective Nickell, a judge and a prosecutor, and the physical and sexual abuse to which Monroe subjected his daughters.
So as I mentioned, my personal preference heavily weighed on my opinion of this story. I listened to it on Audible during my gym sessions, so it kept me amused but I can’t say that I actually ‘enjoyed’ it. The story itself was very well written, almost to the point where it was sounding like a fiction novel, however. The third POV was a tad on the annoying side because it felt the the author was ‘big noting’ himself too often and referring to himself more than necessary.
But like I said, it’s not my crime preference. I know that there have been many people who have enjoyed it, and I’d urge you to read the blurb and other people reviews and purchase a sample before relying on my opinion. Because it’s just that, my own opinion. I can’t give it a rating on the dislike of criminal alone, that would be gross unfair. So my rating reflects that as well as the writing style and ability to keep me going and not quit!
I give this story: /5
Purchase this book via Amazon here or search for it on Audible.com
I have a passion for true crime and enjoy reading stories on violent and sexual murderers. I actually haven’t read all that much on Douglas Clark and Carol Bundy however, so I was thrilled to get this book.
Blurb: The unlikeliest of couples they met at the Little Nashville Club in North Hollywood, California. Doug Clark was a charmer, a handsome and eloquent golden boy who made Carol Bundy, a matronly thirty-seven-year-old mother of two, feel beautiful. She though she was in love. In truth, she had met one of the most coldblooded killers this century, a man who would sweep her into an orgy of sexual obsession and serial murder. By the time it was all over, Carol Bundy, who had once considered herself “Mrs Average America,” would tell police, “It’s fun to kill people… If I were allowed to run loose, I’d probably do it again.”
Doug Clark and Carol Bundy were lovers during the murderous spree that claimed the lives of six young women who frequented the area of Sunset strip. Carol also shot and decapitated her former love – and brought Doug his severed head as proof of her devotion. Together they would cruise the Sunset strip in a blue Buick station wagon, looking for prostitutes for Doug – the next victim in their series of grisly ritual sexual murders.
The SUNSET MURDERS goes to the dark heard or a monstrous criminal orgy, exploring the twisted minds of a woman who would do anything for love and the psychopath who taught her to kill. Here is the harrowing true story of two depraved people playing out their wildest fantasies in cold blood, and the courtroom drama that revealed to a shocked public the depths of their lethal nightmare world…
So, as you can see from the blurb the story of Doug and Carol is not for the faint hearted. Admittedly, there is nothing too bloody or graphic that I haven’t seen in my years of reading and/or study. But the story itself is fantastic. Flows so well, and really is difficult to put down. The author doesn’t appear to take sides, doesn’t pay attention to only the convicted. She went into enough detail to get a feel for the Doug and Carol, as well as set up the scene and explain their backstory.
I found that last few chapters particularly interesting as this was the trial. Like Ted Bundy, another infamous serial murder, Doug acted as his own lawyer for much of the trial. I found this interesting and enjoyed reading the farce he made of the trial and himself. I felt like I actually got to witness the trial because of the meticulous detail the author wrote in, but not so much that it dragged on. I do know that there are people who don’t enjoy the trial part of these sorts of stories. I didn’t feel that this one overstepped that boundary.
An excellent read. I learned more about these two horrific predators, and enjoyed the writers style immensely. Would definitely recommend this one to true crime lovers!
I rated this book: /5
You can purchase this book in hardcopy or paperback at Amazon here
So the semester is just about over for me. Two exams tomorrow and the day after, and one more next week and then I’m free to read for pleasure over the the next 9weeks. Can’t wait!
Whilst exam procrastinating I decided to look for bookends. I plan on reorganising my study to turn it into more of a… library! I might need some bookends 🙂 While hunting I cam across this awesome blog that details how to make your own from books, so that they look almost invisible. They do, don’t they.
Visit the blog here
I’m not sure if it’s something that I can do, or rather be bothered to do, let’s face it I’m looking forward to doing nothing over the next 9 weeks but maybe I’ll change my mind!
If you decide to have a go, make sure you share the results with me either here or on my Facebook page
Until next time…
Happy reading and crafting!