The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

Book - 2017
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"In September 1998, young reporter Claudia Rowe was working as a stringer for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, when local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite twenty-seven-year-old community college student, shared with his parents and sister. Growing up amid the safe, bourgeois affluence of New York City, Rowe had always been secretly fascinated by the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois. She was consumed with the desire to understand just how a man could abduct and strangle eight women#x0;and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims' rotting corpses. She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062416124
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 FRANC ROWE
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 24 cm


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Oct 03, 2017

I am fascinated with what lurks in the minds of serial killers and this book clearly expresses how I feel through the eyes of the author. Learning and feeling why a serial killer does the unthinkable, in ways no one can ever imagine, is clearly what author Claudia Rowe has presented in her book, "The Spider and the Fly." I hope she writes more books, I love her writing.

Aug 06, 2017

Writing is overdescriptive, bogging down the reader; story becomes secondary and ultimately uninteresting.

May 22, 2017

I really wish I had liked this book more. I found that I was finishing it because I felt obligated to, not because I was enjoying it. The pace was slow, the pieces scattered, and the plot centered around the author and her own personal battles instead of focusing on the serial killer.

Apr 27, 2017

Claudia Rowe did a great job of making me uncomfortable. This is an excellent book that sucks the reader into a writing relationship between an imprisoned serial killer and a newspaper writer.

I like the questions Ms Rowe asks such as how can a serial killer's family ignore bodies buried in the attic and crawlspace of their home? Were there danger signs along the way noticed by relatives and teachers? You will be surprised at some of the answers.

The killer puts the writer in a very difficult position. For every answer about his life that he gives her, she must give details of her own personal life. Who among us (especially a female writer) can comfortably communicate with a man who gruesomely killed several women?


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