I have read nearly 200 true crime books, and this is easily the best one ever. Jerry Bledsoe is an incredible author. This book is very long and covers lots of history and detail. The author goes back in time and reviews the life stories of all the relatives of the major players, and by the time they all come together, you understand and appreciate exactly what is going on. Many readers do not like books with a lot of history, but this one is done so incredibly well and it really adds to the emotion of the story once the tragedies begin. This story involves several large families with very prominent members. You watch as people change gradually, but nothing can prepare you for the final tragedy. The book is written from the perspective of an unknown character at first, which makes you want to read and read until all your questions are answered. The story is thrilling, except for the fact that it was true which makes it so heartbreaking. I have read this book 3 times already, I have given it as a gift to all my friends who read true crime, I have read every book written by Jerry Bledsoe (although there are not nearly enough), and I have loved them all. I highly recommend this book to any true crime fan.