durstPUBLISHER: Gallery Books, 9/2015
GENRE: True Crime

FROM PUBLISHER: Former prosecutor Jeanine Pirro—the “true hero” (New York Post) of the hit HBO documentary series The Jinx—offers the transfixing true story of her tireless fifteen-year investigation into accused murderer Robert Durst for the disappearance of his wife Kathleen Durst.Former district attorney Jeanine Pirro was cast as the bad guy fifteen years ago when she reopened the cold case of Kathleen Durst, a young and beautiful fourth-year medical student who disappeared without a trace in 1982, never to be seen again. Kathie Durst’s husband was millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst, son of one of the wealthiest families in New York City—but though her friends and family suspected him of the worst, he escaped police investigation.

Pirro, now the host of Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News, always believed in Durst’s guilt, and in this shocking book, she makes her case beyond a shadow of a doubt, revealing stunning, previously unknown secrets about the crimes he is accused of committing. For years, Pirro has crusaded for justice for the victims, and her impassioned perspective in the captivating HBO documentary series The Jinx made her one of its breakout stars. Featuring Pirro’s unique insider’s perspective on the crimes, as well as her exclusive interviews with many of the major players featured in the The Jinx, this comprehensive book is the definitive story of Robert Durst and his gruesome crimes—the one you didn’t see on television.

MY THOUGHTS: Unfortunately this book is mostly about Jeanine. I couldn't even estimate the amount of times she mentioned by name her designer clothes, shoes, and handbags. I didn't learn anything about Robert at all. Nothing about his family either. I was really wanting to know more about his father but the man was hardly mentioned. Same goes for his mother, Bernice. She didn't say much about Susan Berman's background or current wife-in-name-only, Debrah Charatan. Debrah seems interesting enough to me to write at least a few chapters on but Jeanine couldn't be bothered to. She didn't tell us anything that wasn't in The Jinx already. She goes on ad nauseam about how poorly she's been treated in the press since getting involved with this case in 2000 and is constantly defending herself.

If someone didn't know who Robert was and decided to read this they'd be confused, I'm positive. The flow is terrible. I like for true crime books to start at the beginning with the criminal's background and work their way up to modern day but this book is all over the place. I'm stunned and disappointed in this book, to be honest with you. It's a shame Jeanine had such great subject matter but didn't know what to do with it!

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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