The Spider and the Fly

The Spider and the Fly

A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder

Book - 2017
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In September 1998, Poughkeepsie, New York, local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois shared with his parents and sister. Reporter Claudia Rowe became consumed to understand how a man could abduct and strangle eight women - and how a family could live for two years, seemingly unaware, in a house with the victims' rotting corpses. Reaching out after Francois was arrested, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four-year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control.
Publisher: New York, New York : Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062416124
Characteristics: 276 pages ;,24 cm.


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Oct 03, 2017

I am fascinated with what lurks in the minds of serial killers and this book clearly expresses how I feel through the eyes of the author. Learning and feeling why a serial killer does the unthinkable, in ways no one can ever imagine, is clearly what author Claudia Rowe has presented in her book, "The Spider and the Fly." I hope she writes more books, I love her writing.

Aug 06, 2017

Writing is overdescriptive, bogging down the reader; story becomes secondary and ultimately uninteresting.

May 22, 2017

I really wish I had liked this book more. I found that I was finishing it because I felt obligated to, not because I was enjoying it. The pace was slow, the pieces scattered, and the plot centered around the author and her own personal battles instead of focusing on the serial killer.

Apr 27, 2017

Claudia Rowe did a great job of making me uncomfortable. This is an excellent book that sucks the reader into a writing relationship between an imprisoned serial killer and a newspaper writer.

I like the questions Ms Rowe asks such as how can a serial killer's family ignore bodies buried in the attic and crawlspace of their home? Were there danger signs along the way noticed by relatives and teachers? You will be surprised at some of the answers.

The killer puts the writer in a very difficult position. For every answer about his life that he gives her, she must give details of her own personal life. Who among us (especially a female writer) can comfortably communicate with a man who gruesomely killed several women?

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