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The Lindbergh Child

By Dan Horn
June 19, 2010 - 21:32

In the austere economic landscape of the American 1930's, the media darling Lindbergh family was blindsided by an increasingly befuddling conspiracy and consequent tragedy: their infant son, Charles Lindburgh, Jr., had been kidnapped, and his remains were later discovered and identified.

Graphic true crime novelist Rick Geary brings his study of historical mysteries to the 20th century in 2007's The Lindbergh Child, a comprehensive adaptation of the dastardly deed and succeeding investigation.

The book reads a little more like courtroom stenography than historical literature and is at times as matter-of-fact as a text book. Though a bit dry in that regard, the content has been researched and scrutinized exhaustively, and may very well be one of the most definitive collections of evidence and insight into the case aside from the Mercer County and New Jersey State Police reports. Not content to simply relay the series of events however, Geary provides readers with several leads and possibilities, provoking much contemplation on this Depression-era unsolved crime. Presented with all the facts of the case, the Lindburgh abduction and the following events truly seem much stranger than fiction, and, implemented with Geary's chaste black comedy and vintage sans-gray scale artwork, The Lindbergh Child is a slice of Americana a la the master of graphic historical mystery himself.

Rating: 9 /10

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