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Book Title: Winter of Frozen Dreams|
The author of the book: Karl Harter
Date of issue: October 1st 1992
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9781558176461
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I found this, strangely, because someone made a comment about one of the local 'massage parlors' on facebook: The Rising Sun. (Which, like the Geisha House, is still in business.) It was a 'yeah, you ever hear about that lady that worked there who murdered two clients?'
I've lived in Madison since 2000 and even with the film of the same name starring Thora Birch making the rounds of festivals back in 2009, I never heard about this case.
Anyway, the book doesn't stand up that well as a true-crime non-fiction book. It's more of a 'fictionalization based on true events.' Because there is no way 10 years after the event everyone remembered what they were eating and if flies were in the room when they were watching tv, or if their boots got soaked through with snow. It comes off as pulp dramatization, and doesn't contain a lot of fact-based writing about secondary and tertiary characters in their own words. It's a lot of made up 'could have been their thoughts' but other than the author's word that these things came up in interviews... is kinda boring conjecture.
It didn't help that there are WAY too many made up sex scenes that read like something out of a playboy fantasy - complete with money shots.
(I think a lot of that is criticism because I'm a trained journalist, and you don't 'make up' what people MIGHT have been thinking or feeling just for drama's sake. Maybe it's because I've read a number of decent true-crime books, I don't know.)
But as this is the only written account of an admittedly confusing and circumstantial set of (maybe) murders and it's easy to criticize the police procedures that happened in the 1970s when fingerprints and hair samples were about the only provable evidence, and they were utterly absent in the case. There was no CSI units, no poison experts, no DNA evidence (just blood type). There was no internet!
So in a way, it's a book of its time. Worth it if you live in Madison and want to know the sordid past, or want to see how convoluted legal wrangling can get. But not really satisfying or terribly well written.
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