Anthony Flacco wins Best Book Award

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This just in!!!

USA BOOK NEWS ANNOUNCES WINNERS AND FINALISTS OF
THE NATIONAL “BEST BOOKS 2009” AWARDS


Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the  6th Annual National “Best Books” Awards

The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders
by Anthony Flacco with Jerry Clark

 


From 1926 to 1928, Gordon Stewart Northcott committed at least 20 murders on a chicken ranch outside of Los Angeles. His nephew, Sanford Clark, was held captive there from the age of 13 to 15, and was the sole surviving victim of the killing spree. Here, acclaimed crime writer Anthony Flacco—using never-before-heard information from Sanford’s son Jerry Clark—tells the real story behind the case that riveted the nation.


Forced by Northcott to take part in the murders, Sanford carried tremendous guilt all his life. Yet despite his youth and the trauma, he helped gain some justice for the dead and their families by testifying at Northcott’s trial–which led to his conviction and execution. It was a shocking story, but perhaps the most shocking part of all is the extraordinarily ordinary life Clark went on to live as a decorated WWII vet, a devoted husband of 55 years, a loving father, and a productive citizen.


In dramatizing one of the darkest cases in American crime, Flacco constructs a riveting psychological drama about how Sanford was able to detoxify himself from the evil he’d encountered, offering the ultimately redemptive story of one man’s remarkable ability to survive a nightmare and emerge intact.

Congratulations, Anthony!!!

~kc

also blogging as leftwriter

bleatingly tweetingly @kcdyer & @siwc2009

Comments

WOW! This exerpt is one of the most riveting and catching that I have read in my entire life! Now, I know why Mr.Flacco won this award. Truly amazing work! Gambatte!