The Death of Donna Whalen by Michael Winter

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This is a demanding book, but if you give it the careful reading it deserves it is also gripping and intensely moving.
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When Donna Whalen is stabbed thirty-one times in her home on Empire Avenue in St. John’s, her friends, family, and neighbours believe the culprit to be her abusive boyfriend, Sheldon Troke. But the evidence is circumstantial, the testimonies tainted by personal bias and attempts at deception. Police and prosecutors face a daunting challenge, and the course of justice, with all its intricacies and failings, takes many unpredictable turns before the truth is finally revealed.

In this extraordinary novel, Michael Winter has mined the records of Sheldon’s trial—thousands of pages of court transcripts, police wiretaps, newspaper reports, private letters and diary entries—and distilled their raw, naked truth into a mesmerizing work of documentary fiction that captures the myriad voices of the people involved.

 

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Published August 31, 2010 by Hamish Hamilton. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jeet Heer on Oct 01 2010

This is a demanding book, but if you give it the careful reading it deserves it is also gripping and intensely moving.

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