A Lovely Girl: The Tragedy of Olga Duncan and the Trial of One of California's Most Notorious Killers


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Pegasus Crime
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6.0 X 9.1 X 1.8 inches | 1.54 pounds

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About the Author

Deborah Larkin holds a bachelor's degree in American History and Literature from the University of California at Davis, and she studied creative writing at the University of California at San Diego. She has a master's degree in the Education of Exceptional Children from San Francisco State University. She has spent more than three decades teaching students with special needs before becoming an elementary school principal.


"In this excellent debut, educator Larkin revisits the case of Elizabeth Duncan, who was convicted of the 1958 murder of her daughter-in-law and was the last woman to be executed in California before the Supreme Court suspended the death penalty in 1972...Larkin writes beautifully about her own coming-of-age, sibling rivalry, and pet bird, intermingled with the details of the horrific case. Captivated by her father's front-page stories on the trial, she brought the newspaper to class for show-and-tell and spent hours listening to her parents discuss the case over dinner. As a result, Larkin became a lifelong true crime fan. This page-turner is not to be missed."-- "Publishers Weekly, starred review"
"Readers will be drawn to Larkin's first-person narrative of the events as well as her reconstruction of this tragic true-crime story."-- "Library Journal"
" In writing about what proved to be the most memorable and formative years of her life, Larkin portrays her Scout-Atticus Finch love for her father and for justice in general. The book honors Olga and her community and shows the impact that horrific crime can have on all those who bear witness."-- "Booklist"
"[Deborah] has penned a meticulously researched and deeply personal page-turner that is a suitable tribute to both the victim and to her father."

-- "The San Diego Union-Tribune"