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Too good to be true : the story of Denise Redlick's murder
Beck, Janet Parker.
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Publication Information:
Far Hills, N.J. : New Horizon Press, [1991]

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vi, 360 pages ; 24 cm
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When vivacious, trusting Denise Redlick disappears, only her family suspects that Craig Anderson, her wealthy, well-regarded ex-fiance, abducted her. Due in large part to her family's dedicated efforts to prove him guilty, he is arrested and tried for murder with no body, weapon or evidence of death.

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Booklist Review

Ambiguity, contradiction, and mystery still surround the case, five years after the conviction of Denise Redlick's ex-fiance for first-degree murder. The investigation produced little hard evidence; the trial proceeded despite the fact that Redlick's body had not been found. Beck guides the reader through the labyrinth of clues that led only so far and the crucial legal wrangling that was frustrating to both sides. Her focus never strays far, however, from the human drama played out from September 1985, when Denise broke her engagement to Craig Anderson, through his arrest and the 1986 trial, the eventual discovery of her body, and the most recent hearing. What began with a young girl's difficulty in breaking away from a jealous lover eventually involved a whole community of disrupted lives and broken friendships. The detail sometimes strains attention, but Beck has otherwise crafted an affecting, unusual look at the far-flung effects of crime. ~--Virginia Dwyer

Publisher's Weekly Review

Denise Redlick, daughter of a close-knit San Francisco Bay Area family, fell in love with Craig Anderson, a charming, successful young entrepreneur. But as their relationship progressed to wedding plans, he became possessive and pathologically jealous. She broke off the engagement, then in November 1985 disappeared. Although there was no body, her family and friends were sure she had been murdered. They convinced the police that the logical suspect was ex-fiance Anderson, who was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. Two years after Denise's disappearance, her body was found in a gully. San Mateo (California) Times reporter Beck, who covered the case, recaps it expertly, especially in detailing the ways in which relations among family and friends were altered by the murder. $50,000 ad/promo; author tour. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved