True Crime by Joe Bob Briggs

True crime book on Kindle on sale today, written by Joe Bob Briggs (as his real name, John Bloom). 1.99 right now. 

It’s a fascinating read, about housewife obsession, and…wow, it’s almost inexplicable:

“Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the north Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.

On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty’s utility room that morning was all too real.

Based on exclusive interviews with the Gore and Montgomery families, Edgar Award finalist Evidence of Love is the “superbly written” account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).

Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning television movie A Killing in a Small Town—as well as the new limited series Candy on Hulu and Love and Death on HBO Max…”

Have you watched either? I don’t have HBO, but I am going to watch “Candy” soon, and will report back. I had no idea it had been filmed. This book is one of the wildest rides, and the only one I have ever read with this defense. Let me know what you think.

Evidence of Love

If you would rather purchase from Bookshop dot org in paperback form, here’s the link: Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs by John Bloom and Jim Atkinson.

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