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May 2003 , Page 30 

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Book Review

By Jon M. Sands

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Everybody pays: Two men, one murder and the price of truth

By Maurice Possley & Rick Kogan
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY (2001)
$25.95 (hard cover)  276 pages

Everybody Pays is about a murder, a “hit,” in Chicago in 1972. On a quiet September evening, a car pulls up, and shotgun blasts blow away a hardworking, hard-drinking ex-husband.  The killer gets out of the car to finish off the victim with a pistol, when he comes face to face with a neighbor, who had taken his dog out.  They stare at each other.  It was that stare, that look into the shooter’s eyes, that propels the story.  We follow the investigation, the cops on the take, a crooked trial with a corrupt judge, the subsequent investigation and against the odds, and the second trial with a very different outcome.

Crime accounts, fiction and non-fiction, all side with someone.  The usual suspects, so to speak, are the prosecutors,  victims or, and increasingly, the defendants.  The story is told fro

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