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A New Kind of Monster: The Secret Life and Chilling Crimes of Colonel Russell Williams Hardcover – Apr 1 2011


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Edition edition (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307359506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307359506
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #170,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER
 
“Carefully written with heart and respect.”
The Canadian Journalism Project
 
“This book is a solid piece of journalism that meticulously records what is known about the murderous life of Russell Williams. . . . Its many insights into this rapist, fetishist and killer are frequently illuminating; and, given the unlikelihood that further information will become available, the book will probably remain the source on this bizarre case. . . . Appleby is an experienced and respected reporter. . . . Appleby provides us with a sound and reliable account of how Williams devastated so many lives.”
— The Globe and Mail
 
“Appleby marshals a convincing case––and the thesis certainly makes for a compelling book.”
— Christie Blatchford, The Globe and Mail

About the Author

Timothy Appleby is a longtime crime reporter and foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Kelley on April 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
I would recommend this book only to someone who isn't already familiar with the story. There are absolutely no new facts in this book. The entire story has already been told through the recent 5th Estate program (CBC) and through various news outlets in Ontario (newspapers, daily news). Don't get me wrong the book is very well-written with a most excellent flow and would be a fantastic read for someone who hasn't been hiding under a rock for the last few years.

After reading the book I have serious doubts whether the author, Timothy Appleby has any of his own confidential human sources as all of the information that is said to have been relayed from said sources or leaked has already been available to the general public for quite some time. However, being a resident of Ontario involved with the law enforcement community I found the book to be an engaging quick read and I recommend it to anyone with an interest in true crime.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By THERESA on May 2 2011
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Nothing new-that wasnt in the papers as it occurred. No insight into this killers psychological makeup. Disappointing neither informative or salacious. Wouldnt recommmend this purchase.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Dufour on April 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
A well-written book by an experienced reporter who keeps the story moving very effectively and with some compassion. However, I can only slightly recommend the book for two reasons. First, there was almost nothing that has not long been public and for someone who only occasionally followed the case, there was nothing new. More importantly, and far worse IMO, is that fully ONE-THIRD of the book is just a transcript of the interview where Williams admits his guilt. That is widely available without having coughed up a cent. This section only padded the book and added nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John G. Parks on May 22 2011
Format: Hardcover
Daily I read the events that happened nearby in my local newspaper.

Not only does this book put together all the events that lead up to Colonel Russell Williams downfall, it adds several items not published. It also makes an attempt at explaining how unique this case is and why it happened. This book is a keeper that people will read fifty years from now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D Barratt on May 4 2011
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Excellent book, well written and riveting - chilling to read but like seeing a car crash, it is difficult to look away. The title is so accurate, in that Williams defies all that has been previously known about serial killers. Such a stellar career and respectable public persona but an intensely cold, calculating and cruel hidden one. It is incredible that he could carry out these escalating and heinous crimes while serving at 8 Wing as he did - the planning and execution of them leaves one wondering how he juggled both lives without suspicion. I don't believe the military can be faulted in any way or held accountable for any of Williams actions - as this title says, this is a NEW kind of monstor - one never before seen. Pray never again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CosyDweller on July 2 2011
Format: Paperback
As some one who was reluctantly a part of this story and lives near Tweed! I was originally taken aback by the use of my family name and circumstances being used in this book without my permission or input of any kind. As it turns out there was an attempt to get our input that we had refused due to the freshness and timeline of the book. For that we are now regretful as there was a need for more than one persons reflections from this area of the story!So to be fair I have removed my first review and have re-read with out bias ! To be honest Appelby picked up on some things pertaining to Tweed investigation that were missed in the other williams book completely.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frank L. on May 5 2011
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From beginning to end, I found this true crime account to be thought-provoking, stimulating and an easy-read. Not for everyone, since the subject matter is disturbing; however, Appleby is adeptly able to maintain the reader's interest, without dwelling too long on the graphic detail. The narrative is straightforward, easy to follow, and written at a level of abstraction most readers will be able to grasp.

One of the best books I have ever read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derrick on Nov. 19 2012
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The title of this book says it all. As you enter Russell Williams sick world of perversion, you get a glimpse of the monster.

The detail of the murders and the attacks on the women are chilling.

Well worth the read.
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