The Fact of a Body

A Gripping True Crime Murder Investigation

4.06 based on 1104 ratings & 333 reviews on Goodreads.com
Macmillan Digital Audio

Publication date: 18.05.2017
ISBN: 9781509852147
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

'Compulsive, eloquent and profoundly troubling. One of those rare books which embrace the genuine complexity of real life.' - Mark Haddon, author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, working on a retrial fordeath-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, finds herself thrust into the tangledstory of his childhood. As she examines theminute details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own history, to unearth long-buried family secrets, andto reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.

When Alexandria begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, and seesRicky's face flash on the screen as she reviews old tapes, and hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die.

Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.

As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as The Keepers, Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

In the media

Utterly remarkable . . . It isn’t just that the writing can be beautiful (the author has a very nice way with cemeteries, which is just as well because she visits enough of them), it isn’t just her coruscating honesty, it is that she understands how very partial the stories we tell ourselves are.
Times
As gripping as a thriller, The Fact of a Body is a disturbing work that explores the toughest questions of law and morality without offering any easy answers.
Literary Review

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Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich at Edinburgh International Book Festival

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich at Edinburgh International Book Festival

  • Studio Theatre
    Studio Theatre
    Edinburgh, EH8 9FT UNITED KINGDOM
  • 12 August 2017 20:45
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The Fact of a Body is an enthralling piece of non-fiction storytelling. Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich came face to face with a child murderer on death row during a law internship. A fierce opponent ...

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