Review – In the Company of Evil by Michael Thomas Barry

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review.

This book is a recounting of some of the most infamous – and a few of the lesser-known – murders, mysteries and serial killers who were prominent in California in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The title itself, not to mention the description purports to be an inside look into the events of the era.

After reading a few of the brief chapters of this book I came to the realization that I could have probably used Google to achieve the same result. Far from being an “inside look” as I thought may have been indicated by the title, this is simply a collation of material which is available elsewhere – there is an extensive reference section.

Yes, it is a convenient collection of stories in one place, but I really did not feel the author had any true insight into these events. The recountings range in length from a page or so to a few pages, but there was little more than a brief dip into the lives of the people involved.

The book did provide a fairly extensive history of crime in California at a macro level, but failed in its premise, and in the micro-level detail. If you are looking for an encyclopedia of California-specific crime in decades-specific periods, this might be a good place as a jumping off point. But don’t expect any great insight.

2/5 stars

In the Company of Evil by Michael Thomas Barry

In the Company of Evil by Michael Thomas Barry
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