The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories


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$26.00  $23.92
Atlantic Monthly Press
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5.5 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author

Mark Bowden is the author of thirteen books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Black Hawk Down. He reported at the Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty years and now writes for the Atlantic and other magazines. He is also the writer in residence at the University of Delaware.


Praise for The Case of the Vanishing Blonde

"For all of the podcasts and Netflix docu-series that brought true crime into the modern zeitgeist, this genre solidly thrives where it began: in print journalism...Bowden writes with journalistic efficiency and a matter-of-fact admiration of the investigative work--from the ingenious to the tedious."--Booklist

Praise for Mark Bowden:

"With its blistering descriptions of an American special-forces operation gone wrong, Mark Bowden's 1999 nonfiction book Black Hawk Down made for excellent action-movie fare. The story told in his latest work, the deeply unsettling The Last Stone, unfolds more slowly but is no less potent. Bowden displays his tenacity as a reporter in his meticulous documentation of the case."--Time, on The Last Stone

"This is a story of extraordinary persistence and the grimmest, least romantic kind of heroism there is, and Bowden tells it with the dexterity of an old pro."--Washington Post, on The Last Stone

"A telling a stirring, suspenseful, thoughtful story that, miraculously, neither oversimplifies the details nor gets lost in the thicket of a four-decade case file. This is a cat-and-mouse tale, told beautifully. But like all great true crime, The Last Stone finds its power not by leaning into clichΓ© but by resisting it -- pushing for something more realistic, more evocative of a deeper truth."--New York Times, on The Last Stone

"Riveting true crime from the ever-capable author... A keen synthesis of an intricate, decades long investigation, a stomach-churning unsolved crime, and a solid grasp of time, place, and character results in what is sure to be another bestseller for Bowden."--Kirkus Reviews, on The Last Stone

"Bowden delivers a narrative nonfiction masterpiece in this account of fiercely dedicated police detectives working to close a cold case. This is an intelligent page-turner likely to appeal even to readers who normally avoid true crime."--Publishers Weekly (starred review), on The Last Stone

"Interesting and insightful...The book is well-researched and well-written, and those interested in crime and police interrogation methods will find it most interesting."--Washington Times, on The Last Stone

"Bowden returns to the story that catapulted his career with a horrific portrait of a sociopath and honors the dedicated officers who were determined to get justice for two innocent girls and their grieving family."--Booklist, on The Last Stone

"Mesmerizing...The Last Stone will leave readers on the edge of their seats as a group of indefatigable detectives tries to unearth the carefully concealed, unspeakable truths behind a decades-old tragedy."--BookPage, on The Last Stone

"A passionate advocate for long-form journalism and one of its more successful practitioners . . . Bowden is so good at what he does best--highlighting the human angle of battles large and small."--Minneapolis Star-Tribune, on Three Battles of Wanat

"Bowden . . . applies his signature blend of deep reportage and character-driven storytelling to bring readers a fresh look at the 1968 battle in the Vietnamese city of Hue . . . [A] compelling and highly readable narrative . . . A meticulous and vivid retelling of an important battle."―New York Times Book Review, on Hue 1968

"One of the most intense, visceral reading experiences imaginable . . . The individual stories are woven together in such a compelling and expert fashion, the narrative flows so seamlessly, that it's hard to imagine that this is not fiction."--Philadelphia Inquirer, on Black Hawk Down

"Riveting . . . Masterfully told . . . Plenty of classic Bowden here: meticulous reporting backed by a compelling narrative."--Washington Post, on Guests of the Ayatollah

"Mark Bowden has a way of making modern nonfiction read like the best of novels."--Denver Post, on Killing Pablo