The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, And The Meaning Of Murder by Claudia RoweThe Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, And The Meaning Of Murder by Claudia Rowe

The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, And The Meaning Of Murder

byClaudia Rowe

Hardcover | August 30, 2018

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Winner of the Washington State Book Award for Memoir

“Extraordinarily suspenseful and truly gut-wrenching. . . . A must-read.”Gillian Flynn, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl

In this superb work of literary true crime—a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense—a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us.

"Well, well, Claudia. Can I call you Claudia? I’ll have to give it to you, when confronted at least you’re honest, as honest as any reporter. . . . You want to go into the depths of my mind and into my past. I want a peek into yours. It is only fair, isn’t it?"—Kendall Francois

In September 1998, young reporter Claudia Rowe was working as a stringer for the New York Times in Poughkeepsie, New York, when local police discovered the bodies of eight women stashed in the attic and basement of the small colonial home that Kendall Francois, a painfully polite twenty-seven-year-old community college student, shared with his parents and sister.

Growing up amid the safe, bourgeois affluence of New York City, Rowe had always been secretly fascinated by the darkness, and soon became obsessed with the story and with Francois. She was consumed with the desire to understand just 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. She also hoped to uncover what humanity, if any, a murderer could maintain in the wake of such monstrous evil.

Reaching out after Francois was arrested, Rowe and the serial killer began a dizzying four-year conversation about cruelty, compassion, and control; an unusual and provocative relationship that would eventually lead her to the abyss, forcing her to clearly see herself and her own past—and why she was drawn to danger.

Title:The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, And The Meaning Of MurderFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.97 inPublished:August 30, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006241612X

ISBN - 13:9780062416124


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic If you enjoy true crime this. If you enjoy sick, twisted souls that have walked the this. I saw this in the true crime/horror section at the store, noticed the paperback hadn't been released yet, but put it down. I wasn't going to pay $30 for a book just over the 200-page mark. So I waited for the paperback edition and finished it super quick. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Highly recommend it.
Date published: 2018-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling This book had me hooked the entire time.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite Interesting You are captivated as soon as you started reading. It was an easy read and interesting throughout the whole book. I don't know exactly what I was expecting as an end result, but I know I didn't find it. It was like a balloon fluttering around while the air escaped and then when it was done, "that's it?" was the thought in your mind. I still highly recommend this book though!
Date published: 2017-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I bought this a month ago, and I'm so glad I did!
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from intersting great read, really enjoyed it
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great read, well written, the book just flies by. Opens up your thinking to a whole different demographic that is often overlooked
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I am not usually a reader of true crime, but thought I would give this one a try. it's a good book and certainly worth reading if that's your interest, but it was not my cup of tea.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was interesting This memoir of how she felt she had similarities with a serial killer and then her correspondence with said serial killer was interesting. It was also kind of boring at parts, and I wish there was more on the killer's crimes, since they also refer to this book as a true crime novel.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down! Definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat.
Date published: 2017-02-03

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“Readers seeking a literary look at the psychology of a criminal will find much to hold them rapt.”