True-Crime Literature Author Profiles - Essay

Author Profiles

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Robert Dahlin (essay date 18 October 1991)

SOURCE: "Joe McGinniss," in Publishers Weekly, Vol. 238, October 18, 1991, pp. 40-1.

[In the following essay, Dahlin profiles true-crime writer Joe McGinniss.]

Until the telephone rang in mid-February last year, Cruel Doubt hadn't been even a scribble in Joe McGinniss's notebook.

He'd signed a two-book contract with Simon & Schuster in the summer of 1988, but the subjects were not specified, and he had no desire to follow up Fatal Vision and Blind Faith with another disturbing scrutiny of a family slashed apart by murder. His commitment was only for one...

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