Rough Trade: A Shocking True Story of Prostitution, Murder, and Redemption Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Early one morning in May, 1997, a young couple on their way to work in the mountains of Colorado spotted a man dragging a body up a secluded trail. The beautiful, densely wooded area off a dirt road seemed such an incongruous place for a violent crime that at first the couple had a hard time believing what they were seeing. It was all too real; the man fled, leaving behind a bloody, dying woman.
Indeed, the investigation into the death of young street-walker Anita Paley would lead from that idyllic spot to the seamy underbelly of Denver and a world of prostitution, drug dealers, and violent criminals. And it would expose the lives of two of that world's inhabitants, the suspect Robert Riggan and Anita's friend Joanne Cordova, a former cop-turned-crack-addict and hooker.
In the past, Cordova had submitted to violent sex with Riggan in exchange for drugs; it was just part of her life on the mean streets. But when her friend Anita was murdered, Joanne had to make a choice. She could face the humiliation and go to her former colleagues on the police department and tell them what she suspected, which would also put her own life in danger as "snitch", or she could look the other way and let a suspected killer walk free and continue his violent attacks on women. But which would she choose?
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 52 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 11, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #51,597 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#128 in Serial Killers True Crime
#554 in Crime & Criminal Biographies
#556 in Serial Killers True Accounts
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Rough Trade, by the very able, and probably one of the very best in the genre, is a case in point. By the time I got to the photos sections I already hated this killer, and when I saw his photograph, I felt really sad for the victims of this abusive animal, who also thought he was a manipulator, only able to fool himself once in the presence of competent law enforcement (Hurrah for law enforcement!), that brings this vicious type of predators to justice. Really a good book where true crime is concerned, it seems Mr. Jackson is an expert on all the crimes in Colorado, and his stories are truly shocking. This is one of the better ones for those, like me, that can not get enough of this type of reading. 4.5 Stars!
This is an account of a man who grew up in an impossibly abominable home full of neglect and cruelty and then became an impossibly cruel person himself. It is also a story about a well-respected member of law enforcement who made a stupid (cringe worthy) mistake early on and then, out of desperation and depression, made more bad decisions. Her belief in truth and justice could not be defeated, however, and that was demonstrated well in the book.
I like how Steve Jackson writes, and I know the amount of research he does for a book (he does a lot!). That shows in this book. I know several of the people (pathologist and prosecutors) and Steve really captured those people and their personalities.
I did wish for more information and greater depth about Joanne Cordova and Anita Jones, but the biggest difficulty I had with this book was that sometimes I got lost in the pronouns and couldn't figure out who "he" was. Perhaps a few more "Riggan said" or "the father thought" would have helped me negotiate the middle of the book.
Overall a good read!