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Dark Ambition: The Shocking Crime of Dellen Millard and Mark Smich Hardcover – Nov 8 2016

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (Nov. 8 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670070149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670070145
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.3 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“What a terrific book this is—technically of the true-crime genre, but so lucid and calm, it raises the bar. In a world where uninformed opinion flourishes, author Ann Brocklehurst keeps her head and treats a ghastly story with facts, fairness and dignity.”—Christie Blatchford, National Post courts columnist and author of Life Science

“Brocklehurst deftly pulls together the disturbing narrative of Tim Bosma’s murder and the trial of his killers. Dark Ambition avoids sensationalism while exploring a horrible, fathomless crime. A compelling page-turning read.”—Robyn Doolittle, Globe and Mail journalist and author of Crazy Town: The Rob Ford Story

About the Author

ANN BROCKLEHURST is a veteran journalist and licensed private investigator who writes about crime, courts, and business. Before working on the crime beat, she reported for the International Herald Tribune from Berlin and worked for Reuters in Hong Kong and Toronto, covering banking and finance. Along with reporting, she currently works as an investigator for law firms, private clients, and some of the world's largest security companies.

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this book was one of the most riviting books i have ever read. because it is true it took me a while to get certain images out of my head. ia m fine now and i will always remember this story.and wonder how the family can ever recover.
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This is an excellent read. Learned new pieces of information thanks to Ann. Very easy to follow and a very honest read. It is somewhat chronological. I attended the trial when I could and was addicted to the Twitter feeds every Mon to Thurs. This trial was a 4 month marathon with many interuptions for Legal Arguments and nearly 100 witnesses. This trial was a tangled web and even after finishing the book there are so many questions we will never know the answers to. Did Dellen Millard or Mark Smich pull the trigger thar killed Mr. Bosma? Was it planned? What did Smich do with the gun? Did he really bury it in a place he cant remember? Was that Tim Bosma's truck on all 3 passes on the Super Sucker cameras? What really went on in the dark in front of the Bobcat of Brantford video? Was Christina Noudga a willing participant or naive? Why did so many people keep quiet? So many sub stories....Dellens Millards uncle Robert Burns in court was hostile. Dellen's real estate girlfriend Lisa Whidden was hostile on stand. Noudga and her facade. Why did Millard decline a chance to speak? Why was Madeline Burns not called to the stand? Was Matt Haggerman lying or truly snivelling on the stand? Why did Marlene Meneses not go to the police? I could go on and on ( i already have i guess) but at the end of the day the true answers to so many questions will never be 100% known. Dont forget Babcock and Wayne Millard.
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I followed the case like so many on twitter and this book provides a really good summary of everything that happened while including some insight into various individuals that testified throughout. It is well written and researched.
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This book is excellent if you haven't followed the case closely. The author's covering of the crime, the arrests and the trial is first-rate, well-written and interesting. The problem with this book is if you are already familiar with the case. There isn't a lot of new information. I was personally disappointed at the citing of web commentary - If I wanted web commentary I would go to the web to read it, not pay good money on a book.
The author seems to acknowledge the lack of new info near the end of the book when she cites the publication bans that are in place and the fact that none of Smich/Millard's friends were willing to talk. To me, that type of content is a minimum expectation for a book in the true crime genre. But, as a I said, there is almost nothing new in this book to seasoned trial watchers.
To be fair, this is still an interesting read.To me, she should have waited until the other trials are over and the publication bans are no longer in place and presumably "insiders" on the case would be willing to talk.
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As an avid follower of the court case, I found this book to add an interesting narrative to whole debacle. It contained some brand new information I hadn't personally before from a respectful and impartial perspective.
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Could not put it down! Much more detail than following Tweets during the trial written in chronologically easier way detailing the case.
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Well written. I followed the trial closely but still learned more about the case.
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It was ok. Nothing new if you followed the case. I think the author should have waited until all the trials were done.
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