By Joe Sharkey
whilst rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam obtained his first project in 1987, it was once the fruits of a lifelong dream, if now not the main fascinating situation. Pikeville, Kentucky, is excessive in Appalachian coal state, an outpost rife with lawlessness relationship again to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a emerging superstar within the bureau, however, Putnam soon was cultivating paid informants and busting drug jewelry and financial institution robbers. but if one informant fell in love with him, ardour and responsibility could collide with tragic results.
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith used to be a tender, beautiful, suffering unmarried mom. She used to be additionally a drug person 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. while finally she faced him with a surprising assertion, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of out of control rage, fatally strangled her.
although he had every little thing essential to break out with murder—a spotless acceptance, a sufferer with a number of enemies, and the security of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his sense of right and wrong wouldn’t let it. stricken by a 12 months of guilt and deception, Putnam eventually led professionals to Smith’s is still. this is often the tale of what occurred ahead of, in the course of, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its position at the darkish shelf of the easiest American actual crime” (Newsday).
Revised and up-to-date, this book additionally contains photographs and a brand new epilogue by way of the author.
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