This is a step above the average True Crime novel in that the author is a celebrated attorney and that he knows the accused personally. The minutae of court proceedings is fascinating enough to make this book a perfect gift for any law student. The fact that the main character, Jennifer Jenkins, is so vague makes one wonder if she did get away with murder. It's a credit to the book that her attorney gives all the facts in order to leave that room for doubt in her innocence (but he repeats several times, he doesn't have to prove that she's innocent. He just as to prove that there's a doubt concerning her guilt.)
The first third of the book is about Palmyra, the island where Jennifer and her boyfriend Buck wanted to get away from it all. A second couple shows up and there's tension. When the friends of the second couple lose contact, they become worried. When Buck and Jennifer show up in the stolen boat of the second couple, everyone assumes murder. When the skeletal remains of one of the victims are found, the trials begin.
The rest of the book details the trial first of Buck Walker, then of Jennifer Jenkins. Bugliosi's defense of Jennifer Jenkins rests in her not knowing that Buck Walker killed the second couple. Unraveling his client's confused often flaky narrative and fighting with an extremely partial judge, Bugliosi takes through the trial point by point with several stops in between.
While this makes for a compelling crime novel, the problem with trials is that much of the live trial is deadly dull. The high points make great drama, but there's a lot of discussions of evidence, procedures and such that are only interesting to lawyers, law school students and accused criminals. At certain points I began to wonder if I'd ever finish reading this book.
However, the quality of the writing and the interest of the case keep the book going. You are still fascinated with the case at the end even if there are dull parts in between.