By Joe Sharkey
whilst rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam obtained his first task in 1987, it was once the end result of a lifelong dream, if no longer the main fascinating place. Pikeville, Kentucky, is excessive in Appalachian coal state, an outpost rife with lawlessness courting again to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a emerging superstar within the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug earrings and financial institution robbers. but if one informant fell in love with him, ardour and accountability could collide with tragic results.
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith used to be a tender, appealing, suffering unmarried mom. She was once additionally a drug consumer occasionally defined as a con artist, thief, liar. finally, Putnam gave in to Smith’s relentless pursuit. but if he ended the affair, she waged a crusade of vengeance that threatened to damage him. whilst eventually she faced him with a surprising declaration, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of out of control rage, fatally strangled her.
although he had every thing essential to break out with murder—a spotless recognition, a sufferer with a number of enemies, and the safety of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his sense of right and wrong wouldn’t let it. laid low with a yr of guilt and deception, Putnam eventually led specialists to Smith’s is still. this is often the tale of what occurred sooner than, in the course of, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its position at the darkish shelf of the simplest American actual crime” (Newsday).
Revised and up-to-date, this book additionally comprises pictures and a brand new epilogue by way of the author.
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