The Last Stone

The Last Stone

eBook - 2019 | First edition
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The true story of a cold case, a compulsive liar, and five determined detectives, from the #1 New York Times -bestselling author and "master journalist" ( The Wall Street Journal ).

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, ages ten and twelve, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, DC As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and the mystery endured.

Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. It pointed them toward a man named Lloyd Welch, then serving time for child molestation in Delaware.

The acclaimed author of Black Hawk Down and Hue 1968 had been a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper at the time of the original disappearance, and covered the frantic first weeks of the story. In The Last Stone, he returns to write its ending. Over months of intense questioning and extensive investigation of Welch's sprawling, sinister Appalachian clan, five skilled detectives learned to sift truth from determined lies. How do you get a compulsive liar with every reason in the world to lie to tell the truth? The Last Stone recounts a masterpiece of criminal interrogation, and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind.

"One of our best writers of muscular nonfiction." -- The Denver Post

"Deeply unsettling . . . Bowden displays his tenacity as a reporter in his meticulous documentation of the case. But in the story of an unimaginably horrific crime, it's the detectives' unwavering determination to bring Welch to justice that offers a glimmer of hope on a long, dark journey." -- Time
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press,, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780802147318
Characteristics: c

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Jul 21, 2019

If you're interested in real life cold case investigations, this is a good read. A lot of it's from the interview transcripts.
The disappointing part is that I don't think justice was served because I believe more of his family members were involved in this sickening crime.

DPLjennyp Jun 11, 2019

Fascinating, yet difficult. I read it in one sitting.

May 23, 2019

I have been a fan of Mark Bowden since I read Black Hawk Down, which was one of the most powerful books I've read. I also am fascinated by murderers, for some unknown reason, so it was a good bet that I would like this book, even though the subject is dark. I learned a lot about how criminals and cops lie to effect their cause... this book is mostly transcripts of the conversations between the killer and the cops who convinced him it was in his interest to keep talking (it wasn't!). Along the way, we learn about the depravity of a family that seemed to spawn at least one murderer. It's more satisfying that most books about age-old murders, because the mystery is somewhat "solved," but you are left with the sense of incompleteness because memory and truth are fungible, and it's likely that others were also responsible for the murders of these two girls.

mko123 May 04, 2019

40 years after two school girls disappear from a mall, an investigator dusts off the case and revisits it, with a fresh pair of eyes. The author gives us the the transcripts of the grueling, cat- and -mouse games the team must suffer through to unweave the web of lies of a criminal mind. It is exasperating, soul crushing work as they crack into the world of a demented family. Although there is a bit of repetition, it is a disturbing look at the underbelly of our society that we must acknowledge. If you like true crime, this is for you. It puts me in mind of In Cold Blood with its well fleshed out description.

Apr 03, 2019

While waiting for this book, you might want to pick up - What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. She used the disappearance of the Lyons sisters as the jumping off point for this stand alone novel.

Apr 03, 2019

You might want to read Laura Lippman's What the Dead Know. She used the Lyon sisters' disappearance as the jumping-off-point for this book.

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