Detailed Review Summary of Killer on the Road by James EllroyAnd the book demonstrates why this is the case. Killer is a titillating, clever volume that mixes the sweeping sociological assertions of an urban-studies textbook with the chilling gore of true-crime stories. Strand traces the evolution of the highway program, which began in under the Eisenhower administration, from an emblem of national progress and newfound social mobility to conduit for anonymous crime. It washes down easier with a side of tabloid lure. Within these graphic serial-killer case histories, Strand deftly weaves an account of almost sixty years of infrastructure development.
‘Killer on the Road,’ by Ginger Strand
What would highway killers do without highways? In , Congress passed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, authorizing the construction of 42, miles of an interstate road system. In , while the first stretch of highway I between Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. Ginger Strand thinks not. By transforming established travel habits, the new highways certainly enabled the swift and anonymous mobility conducive to criminal behavior. But speed and anonymity are precisely the features that make highway travel attractive, so it was inevitable that the nation should have reservations about its new roads.
His latest book, Perfidia , is out now. Martin Michael Plunkett is a famous serial killer finally captured for the murders of four members of a family. Serial killers are somewhat old hat now and yet this book, written in , has managed to retain its freshness. We get a mix of forms of prose: straightforward narrative, diary entries, press clippings and, therefore, various points of view. Genuinely disturbed, there is nothing to redeem the character and we watch in horror as the killings span the decade of the s. But this is more than a psychological thriller.
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