The first crime tome that really stuck to my bones was Meyer Levin's Compulsion, the psychological profile based on the 1924 Leopold-Loeb murder. I couldn't put it down until I finished it all spooked and riveted by its awful realities at three in the morning. Fascination and revulsion are often willing bedfellows, one reason we're so mesmerized by the gruesome particulars of the true-crime genre (or in Levin's case, an artfully fictionalized story built around a true crime).
And so it is with The Devil's Right Hand Man: The True Story of Serial Killer Robert Charles Browne, a new account by true-crime veteran Stephen Michaud and former Washington Post journalist Debbie Price detailing the Colorado State Penitentiary inmate who revealed his alleged involvement in the murders of more than forty women during correspondence with a local detective. Price will introduce and sign copies of the book tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; call 303-322-7727 or visit www.tatteredcover.com.
Mon., Oct. 1, 2007