True Crime Leslie Walker Sudden Fury

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Sudden Fury

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For years, Bob and Kay Swartz had yearned to have a family. Eleven years after adopting a son, they lay dead at his hands. What went wrong? Sudden Fury unearths the answers in a deeply moving narrative based from the author's reportage of the case for the Baltimore Sun. HC: St. Martin's.

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Bob and Kay Swartz created a family by adopting three children, two of them older boys who had been in and out of foster homes for years. In 1984, one son, Larry, murdered his parents. Walker, a Baltimore reporter, shows the ensuing investigation and trial, as well as the lives of the family members before and after the crime. The focus in on Larry--his sad early childhood, his conflicts with his parents, and his lawyers' attempts to salvage what they could of his life. This could be an incisive portrayal of a family tearing apart, but the author's sympathies are too overwhelmingly with Larry. Although the parents were strict and strongly disciplined the children, they hardly appear to have been so abusive that the crime could be justified, as is hinted here. Only for large crime collections.
- Sally G. Waters, Stetson Law Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In 1984, 17-year-old Larry sp ok/pk Swartz killed his parents in an Annapolis, Md., suburb. One of the couple's three adopted children, he was shy and undemonstrative. "His background and the circumstances leading to murder are the thrust of this searching study by Walker, less a true-crime re-creation than the story of a tortured being," concluded PW. Photos.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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