The Spider and the Fly: A Writer, a Murderer, and a Story of Obsession

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Dey Street Books
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5.25 X 8.01 X 0.65 inches | 0.48 pounds

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About the Author

Claudia Rowe is an award-winning journalist who has been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Currently a staff writer at the Seattle Times, she has published work in numerous newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, Women's Day, Yes! and Seattle's alternative weekly, The Stranger. She has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, and the Journalism Center on Children & Families, which awarded her a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.


"Extraordinarily suspenseful and truly gut-wrenching, The Spider and the Fly is not just a superb true-crime story but an insightful investigation of the nature of evil, the fragility of good, and the crooked road that can turn human beings into monsters. A must-read."--GILLIAN FLYNN, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Gone Girl
"Part psychological thriller and part gut-wrenching memoir, The Spider and the Fly crosses boundaries on nearly every page. It is chilling, self-revelatory, and unforgettable."--ROBERT KOLKER, author of the New York Times bestseller Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery
"Claudia Rowe catalogues her obsession with a serial killer so mesmerizingly that before I knew it, I too was obsessed...But this is not merely a recounting of a descent, it is equally a memoir of discovery through the lens of potential evil. I literally could not put it down."--Alan Cumming, author of the New York Times bestseller Not My Father's Son
"Readers seeking a literary look at the psychology of a criminal will find much to hold them rapt."--Booklist
"Rowe's engaging prose means the pages practically turn themselves."--Kirkus Reviews