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To Hatred Turned: A True Story of Love and Death in Texas Hardcover – Nov 1993

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; First Edition edition (November 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031209924X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312099244
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 17.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,599,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Englade ( Beyond Reason ) here treats a complex Dallas murder case with a master's touch. In 1983, Rozanne Gailiunas, mistress of contractor Larry Aylor, was found murdered in her home. No killer was identified and Aylor and Joy, his wife of 15 years, were reconciled. In 1986, as the couple was again considering divorcing, Larry was ambushed near his remote ranch, but managed to escape. No one was charged. Then in 1988, Joy's sister Carol, claiming that her own life was in danger, gave the police information that brought about the arrests of Joy and Carol's estranged husband Bill for Rozanne's murder and the attempt on Larry's life. The investigation also led to an ex-ministerial student, Andy Hopper, who confessed that Joy hired him to kill Rozanne. Much of the book is devoted to Hopper's trial, in which he was found guilty and sentenced to death. Two brothers confessed to the attempted murder of Larry, also financed by Joy, and they are now in prison. Joy, out on bail, fled to France, where she is being held pending extradition. Another five people--including Carol and her husband--have been charged with related crimes in this web of blackmail and hired killers, though they have yet to be tried. Photos not seen by PW .
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

On October 4, 1983, when paramedics arrived at the home of Rozanne Gailiunas, the estranged wife of a prominent Dallas physician, they were not prepared for the grisly sight. While her preschool son played in another room, Rozanne's strangled, bullet-ridden body lay spreadeagled on a bed with the appendages methodically tied down. Although Rozanne's boyfriend, Larry Aylor, was questioned, no evidence linked him to the crime. The murder remained unsolved until an unlikely informant tipped detectives that Aylor's former wife, Joy, arranged for the killing. This meticulously detailed book follows the convoluted murder case and tracks the lengthy trial of the contract murderer. Joy Aylor fled to France, where she was eventually located and incarcerated. Too many names, events, and unnecessary details permeate this chronologically arranged account that rarely penetrates the personalities of the principal players. Nevertheless, those familiar with the case as well as true-crime junkies generally should relish Englade's evenhanded reporting. Sue-Ellen Beauregard

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Boring read! Jan. 6 2015
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I had read previous books from this author and liked them so much I was very interested to read another. Unfortunately, I had to skim the last 25% of the book as it was tedious with courtroom doldrums and there is no resolution for the real criminal. Save your $!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Okay but not great. Jan. 4 2015
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To Hatred Turned is an okay book but not one of the great and exciting page turners. There was a lot of extra background information that kept it bogged down at times. It is a complicated book with many personalities to keep straight. It was not one of my favorites, just okay.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
OK Jan. 7 2015
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I feel bad giving this book only three stars because the author obviously did a lot of research. To me, there was too much of the trial and not enough about the characters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good Jan. 4 2015
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I like the book but found it a little confusing at times. I thought that the rights of the accused were violated even though I do not understand why he should have any more rights to a fair trial than he gave the victim.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nice research and decent compilation Feb. 16 2015
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The compilation by the author is nicely done especially with the references and research. The later part of the book focusses on the how the system is not actually much a like a hollywood story and all plays out well kind of thing may disappoint some readers. The later part if we look at it from factual point of view is a little frustrating to read because it only represents how the law takes its own time to prosecute and how some of the guilty go scot free just because our law too has its own limitations. All in all it is worth a try for people who love reading cases but would a disappointment for someone looking for some murder mystery and alfred hitchcock style thing. I must add strongly that these are people's lives that have been researched and compiled so it is not some gossip story with some salt and pepper.