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Final Vows Murder, Madness, & Twisted Justice in California

Kingsbury, Karen

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ISBN 10: 0440211980 / ISBN 13: 9780440211983
Published by Dell, 5-33, 1992
Condition: As New Soft cover
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Title: Final Vows Murder, Madness, & Twisted ...

Publisher: Dell, 5-33

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Book Condition:As New

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An account of the murder of an ex-con's wife describes how an educated, religious woman met, fell in love with, and married a prison inmate, only to be murdered by him later. Original.

From Publishers Weekly:

This generally smoothly written but ultimately unsatisfying book by Los Angeles Times reporter Kingsbury (Missy's Murder) relates the 1988 murder of Carol Montecalvo, a divorcee who married an ex-convict and was shot on the eve of a trip aimed to save her marriage. While husband Dan Montecalvo was the initial suspect--with his voice oddly uninflected while talking to an emergency operator and his eyes dry when being told of the death--Burbank police had to drop charges before gaining new evidence and re-arresting him. Dan's insistence on helping to represent himself served to seal his conviction; there was also strong evidence against him, including large gambling debts and high-value insurance policies on his wife. The narrative occasionally bogs down with biographical sketches of the detectives and lawyers, but its larger problem is conceptual: early on Kinsbury introduces the Montecalvos' neighbor Suzan Brown, a drug dealer, harborer of criminals and sometime mental patient. Brown's statements are given more credence as the book continues; finally, she admits that her associates killed Carol, though police discount it. The author owes the reader a greater effort to distinguish whether or not the authorities found the real killer.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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