Murder Most Foul Mass Market Paperback – Nov 9 2000
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In Murder Most Foul, Max Haines, whose "Crime Flashback" column appears weekly in many Canadian newspapers, collects more than 50 murder cases from Canada and across the globe. Haines promises his readers a set of villains "right up there with the originators of the weirdest murder plots in the vile and checkered history of homicide." True to his promise, he delivers a number of unbelievable stories. There is the adulterous couple whose murder plot involves luring their victim into a forest under the guise of a reality contest called "Game of Courage." She agrees to be blindfolded and tied to a tree, then is told to wait to be released by "an official of the game" who will award her bravery with a large cash prize. Unfortunately, she wins nothing but a thorough strangulation. There is the case of Herbert McAuliffe, the only individual in Canadian history who successfully counterfeits a 50-cent coin. However, after discovering that it is costing him more to produce the coins than they are actually worth, he turns to bank robbery--and in the process, kills two people.
Haines's assembled cast of loners, schemers, good-for-nothings, and sociopaths take lives for a variety of indefensible reasons: for insurance or inheritance money; out of spite, jealousy, rage, or indifference; or because someone simply got in the way. More often than not, these characters turn out to be bunglers as well: no matter how carefully they plot their crimes, they mess up in one way or another, leaving a trail of evidence that adds up to the death penalty or life behind bars. Perhaps this is why die-hard true crime fans will enjoy 50 back-to-back heinous crimes. A murderer is basically a fool with a weapon. And from the safety of our favourite reading spots, we can rest assured that we are no such thing. --Svenja Soldovieri
About the Author
Max Haines’s “Crime Flashback” column made its debut in the Toronto Sun in 1972. Since that time, he has researched more than two thousand murder cases from around the world. Today, “Crime Flashback” appears weekly in the Toronto Sun and is syndicated around the world and in more than forty newspapers across Canada. The column has a weekly readership of more than three million and has been translated into Spanish, French and Chinese. Haines is also the author of twenty-five bestselling anthologies of crime vignettes, including Unnatural Causes, Canadian Crimes, Murder Most Foul and The Collected Works of Max Haines: Volume Four. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Marilyn.