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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Murder & Misconduct by Cheryl Fagan is a heartbreaking non-fiction piece, a well-written true crime dating back to 1898. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, six people were murdered in Australia. Pat Kenniff was convicted and hanged for the crimes while his brother, James, was sentenced to life. The cases could have been closed, but the Royal Commission and the public were asking questions. Who actually committed these murders? Had the police got the right guys? In this ground-breaking work, Fagan shows with unusual skill the loopholes in the investigation and the possibility of a grave miscarriage of justice.
Murder & Misconduct seems to be well researched and the author has done a wonderful job in providing references. The book raises very serious questions and comes across as a powerful critique of police misconduct and the way the murder investigation was carried out. Working with reputable sources, Cheryl Fagan offers clues that indicate the persons convicted for these crimes might have been innocent. The writing is fluid, accessible, and well-edited. Fagan doesn’t mince words when it comes to stating facts, and her work is validated with extensive research and sources, including police records, telegraphs, subject files, and a lot more.
I love to read true crime, but it is rare to find one that is laced with facts. This book is a serious protest document, a strong reproach of police conduct, and a compelling call for justice. As you read this book, you have the feeling that the author witnessed the crimes and participated in the investigation, because of her references and confident writing. This book will show another side of the police that most readers are unaware of. I loved this book.