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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (Oct. 21 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743417607
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743417600
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.1 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joann Bidgood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 20 2011
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This book is extremely well written. The writer is unbiased and reports the facts as they really are. It's hard to believe that these three people were found guilty and sentenced to death on the "evidence" that was presented.

I enjoyed the book. It kept me rivted during the entire read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn A. Naughton on June 14 2004
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This story is the polar opposite of the OJ simpson case and in my opinion, far more disturbing. Two young boys sentenced to life in prison and one to death with NO EVIDENCE???? If this were fiction I would write it off as too far fetched to enjoy. The fact that it is not fiction is unreal.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 8 2004
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For true crime fans, this is a dandy. I knew nothing of the case before I read the book, just stumbled on it at the bookstore. Whether or not you believe in the innocence or guilt of these young men, you will be astonished at the abuse of the justice system here.
I liked the fact that Leveritt offers the option of a deeper read with some 400 footnotes. Great research. Great read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graduate Student on Oct. 8 2012
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I have been researching The West Memphis Three for several years now, but none of my research has illustrated such detail as Leveritt's work. Her narrative style outlines all stages of the famous case and engages the reader, who develops a deep connection to the wrongly accused men.
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I've followed the case from the start, as I was living in AR when the murders happened. Having seen both documentaries and read the earlier Blood of Innocents, my initial concern was that Devil's Knot might rehash what I had already read and seen of the case.
What I found was that Leveritt's work sheds new light on the case--and not just on the case as it is now (versus where things stood when Blood of Innocents came out. So, whether you are just learning about the case, or you've seen the other materials, read this book.
One last note: I'm confused as to why someone who has not read the book would review it and only give it 3 stars--read the reviews from folks who have read the book; you'll find that we all think it is a must-read for anyone interested in the case, whether it be for legal or religious reasons or both.
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By A Customer on June 10 2004
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This has to be the most disturbing book I have ever read. The crimes committed against three young West Memphis children were sickening. The guilty deserve no mercy. However, Devil's Knot demonstrates that we still do not know the identity of the guilty. Although three teens were arrested, tried and convicted in 1994, the story is far from over. In fact, more than ten years after the murders and arrests, there are still more questions than answers.
Here is an actual quote from the prosecutor of the three teens:
"There was a lack of physical evidence to tie anyone or anything to the crime scene." -John Fogleman, prosecutor

Maybe rather than debating whether or not we should take "under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance the debate should be whether to remove "with liberty and justice for ALL." Read this account and see if you agree.

Mara Leveritt tells a nightmare of a story that contains jaw-dropping shocks on nearly every page. A highly recommended book - just prepare to sleep with your light on.
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I came to this book with a great deal of hesitation, for I am one of those who read Mara Leveritt's previous book, "The Boys on the Tracks" and disliked it, a lot. Therefore I didn't expect much fro this book on the West Memphis Three, particularly because it is such a well-publicized case, to tell the truth i expected a hack rehash of the scary story from Paradise Lost. Was I ever surprised! I'm glad I gave the book another chance. Some have complained that the book is kind of "dry," but I think that's the only way that Leveritt could have written it, for if she put all her emotion and passion into every paragraph, it would have been overkill. Besides, all you have to do is read between the lines and, in a brave exemplum of investigative reporting at its best, she practically names the real killer and just stops short of handing down a new indictment. Surely nobody who reads this book will doubt the identity of the real killer of those poor three little victims. The only question remains, why? How could one human being be so evil, or if you don't believe in "evil," how could he be so depraved--"psychopathic"? And how can we protect ourselves not only from the individual psychopath, but from the system of checks and balances that resulted in this massive miscarriage of justice?
DEVIL'S KNOT is an atmospheric book as well. You will feel as though you're living in the shadow of the wooded area they call "Robin Hood."
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I found this book as well as the Blood of Innocents to be a fair and concise report on the case. I hope the young men are set free before more innocent boys die in a misguided notion of justice. This was a very informative book
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