The district attorney who reopened a 17-year-old cold case tells her side of the story.
The HBO show The Jinx and the movie All Good Things showed two perspectives on the life and crimes of Robert Durst. Now former DA Pirro (Clever Fox, 2013, etc.), who reopened the case regarding the disappearance of Durst’s wife, Kathleen, chronicles the years she spent pursuing justice for all of Durst’s victims. In this pithy account, the author holds back none of her feelings toward the man she tried to prove had committed murder. “This book is the history of my mission as part of the insanity, from the first time I heard the name Durst in 1999 to today, right now,” she writes. “It’s the insider perspective of exactly what went down during my fifteen-year investigation of this serial murderer, this pathological liar, this narcissistic, disgusting, fascinating, brilliant, evil little bastard.” Pirro elaborates on the details of each moment of her quest, including the obstructions and sexism she faced from a number of men involved in multiple aspects of Durst’s cases[b1] , simply because she was a woman in a position of power. The writing is fast-paced and informative without being too heavy with judicial jargon. Throughout, Pirro repeatedly informs readers of her true feelings toward Durst and others who hindered her progress during the investigation. Bits of humor, sometimes black, are interlaced throughout the narrative, providing much-needed levity to the sinister tale of Durst’s depravities. Pirro’s account also provides readers with an insider look at how the American justice system works and shows how certain men, who have considerable influence and money, can literally get away with murder.
A concise, no-holds-barred retelling of the Robert Durst investigation and murder trial from the woman who pursued justice to the bitter end.