The Last Stone

The Last Stone

A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation

Book - 2019
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On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and 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. As a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, Mark Bowden 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, [2019]
Edition: First Hardcover Edition.
ISBN: 9780802147301
Characteristics: 340 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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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 e... Read More »


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trotter73
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.

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krsbozo
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.

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emmakaye
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.

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emmakaye
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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