By Jon Wells
"Bare mild bulbs shone opposed to partitions painted with graffiti and dried blood, the rooms reeking of a candy stinky odour like burnt plastic ...â?? So writes award-winning Hamilton Spectator journalist and writer Jon Wells in a single of 4 harrowing homicide tales in Deathâ??s Shadow.
Wells take readers up shut into a number of murder investigations, the affliction of sufferers and their household, and the chilling dance of demise among cold-blooded killers and the hard-boiled investigators looking them. His learn attracts upon jailhouse interviews with 3 of the killers in addition to with murder and forensic detectives, and the tales are augmented via crime-scene pictures and portrait images of all of the players.
Wells writes of sufferers and survivors, angels and demons, traveling winding roads to imperfect justice in intimate glimpses of terrible crimes.
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