Now a classic of true crime, Victim is a compelling and tragic look at how lives can be changed forever by a random act of violence. During an armed robbery, several hostages were brutally tortured, shot in the head, and left for dead. Victim focuses on the members of one family—including a mother who died after the attack and a son who was left barely alive—as they fought for his survival and struggled to rebuild their lives.
Victim was the first book to go beyond the headlines and statistics about violent crime, to tell the victims' dramatic story of love, loss, and courage. It remains one of the most influential books in the victims' rights movement and has become required listening in criminology courses across the country. It may be more relevant now than ever.
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First published in 1980, Victim was, and remains, a landmark turning point in the then-newly emerging victim's rights movement. When Gary Kinder (who would achieve even more fame and bestsellerdom in the 1990s with Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea) wrote this littérature vérité account of an execution-style bloodbath during an armed robbery, his emphasis on the victims' perspectives changed the true crime genre forever.
In 1974 two men walked into an Ogden, Utah, music store called the Hi-Fi Shop and took the manager and his assistant hostage while they methodically robbed the store. During the course of the robbery, three other people--16-year-old Cortney Naisbitt, his mother, and the father of the store's manager--walked in by chance and were also taken hostage. Before the end of the ordeal, the hostages would be forced to drink Drano ("It's some kind of German chemical that makes you sleep," one of the killers tells them), one of them would be repeatedly raped, another would have a pencil kicked into his ear with such force that it bulged out at his throat, and three of the hostages would die from close-range gunshot wounds. Naisbitt would effectively spend the rest of his life attempting to recover from brain damage, paralysis, and the loss of his mother, shot dead as she lay on the ground next to him. It's almost incidental to the story to note that the killers were quickly discovered and brought to justice before eventually garnering death sentences. Most of Victim is concerned with Cortney Naisbitt's second-by-second struggle to remain alive ("No Code," an ER physician writes on his chart, meaning no attempts to resuscitate him should he stop breathing), and the equally grim battle of his relatives to tape back together the ripped tapestry of their lives. Utterly compelling from first paragraph to last, this edition contains Kinder's 1990 update. --Tjames MadisonAbout the Author:
Gary Kinder is the author of the best-selling books Victim and Light Years. He began researching this story in 1987 and was aboard the "Arctic Discoverer" in 1989, when Thompson announced his find to the public. Gary Kinder lives in Seattle with his wife and two daughters. He teaches advanced writing seminars to lawyers across the country.
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002377764
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1983. Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Good. Bookseller Inventory # 2081620
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # FPS0006364721G
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Book Description Fontana (London), 1983. Softcover / Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. First edition. Paperback. The true story of the devastating effects of violent crime on one American family. When 16yr old Cortney Naisbitt visited his cousin's hi-fi shop in Ogden, Utah on April 22, 1974, an armed robbery was taking place. His mother came to look for him, and when the police arrived hours later, they were confronted by a scene of such horror and brutality that even senior officers were stunned. Both Cortney and his mother had been tortured. They had been forced to drink hydrochloric acid and had been shot in the head. Carol Naisbitt died that night, but Cortney struggled to survive against all odds. A tragic account of how an ordinary, happy family is ravaged by a callous act of violence. With Epilogue. 305pp. mass market p/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Lightly browned pp., v. sl. sunned covers. Vg+ with no creasing to covers. Bookseller Inventory # 17918
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 1983 Paperback, 1983. Book Condition: Good. 320 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 762749