a pact with the devil

Book - 2003 | French
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Stephen Williams first book on the Bernado/Homolka murder case, "Invisible Darkness, was an in-depth investigation into the crimes, politics, policing, and people that swirled around the deadly and deviant duo. An instant bestseller, it has sold over 350,000 copies throughout North America. In November 1998, the author was arrested and criminally charged with two counts, disobeying a court order. Two years after the publication of "Invisible Darkness, police concluded that 18 passages in the book could not have been written unless the author had seen gruesome videotape evidence which had been protected by a judge's order. After a two-year prosecution, Williams was acquitted. In preparation for his defense, Stephen Williams thoroughly reviewed his voluminous archive. It became clear that misconceptions about the deals that gave Karla a future were rampant. Why did the authorities really make the deals with Karla? What really happened over the years when that sweeping publication ban kept crucial information from the media and the public? That fact that Karla would soon disappear into that future made the answers to all of these questions even more urgent than they might otherwise have been. Many of the answers lay buried in the author's massive archives and files and then Karla decided she would answer some of the harder, more illusive questions herself. Written in an intriguing novelistic fashion, "Karla picks Karla up where "Invisible Darkness left her, painting her nails in her cell in solitary confinement in the gothic tower of Kingston's Prison for Women after testifying against her ex-husband in the summer of 1995. With a thriller's pacing, the book charts the intimate cosmology ofthe world's most notorious female prisoner. Part memoir, part woman-in-prison story, p
Publisher: Toronto : Cantos International, 2003.
ISBN: 9782895940005
Characteristics: viii, 456 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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