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Review: 'Lost Girls' by Caitlin Rother is a close look at a killer

Review: 'Lost Girls' by Caitlin Rother is a close look at a killer

-------------------- Lost Girls Caitlin Rother Pinnacle: 420.pp, $6.99 (paper) -------------------- On the day in 2010 when a San Diego judge sentenced John Albert Gardner to life in prison for the rape and murder of two teenage girls, the fathers of his victims referred to him in court as a monster and a predator. "Lost Girls" by veteran journalist and true-crime writer Caitlin Rother is a deeply reported, dispassionately written attempt to determine what created that monster and predator. It is a cautionary tale and a horror story, done superbly by a writer who knows how to burrow into a complex case without becoming captive to her sources. The victims' families chose...

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