By Joe Sharkey
while rookie FBI agent Mark Putnam obtained his first project in 1987, it used to be the end result of a lifelong dream, if now not the main fascinating position. Pikeville, Kentucky, is excessive in Appalachian coal state, an outpost rife with lawlessness courting again to the Hatfields and McCoys. As a emerging big name 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 responsibility might collide with tragic results.
A coal miner’s daughter, Susan Smith used to be a tender, appealing, suffering unmarried mom. She used to be 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 spoil him. whilst eventually she faced him with a surprising assertion, a violent scuffle ensued, and Putnam, in a burst of out of control rage, fatally strangled her.
even though he had every thing essential to break out with murder—a spotless acceptance, a sufferer with a number of enemies, and the safety of the bureau’s impenetrable shield—his moral sense wouldn’t permit it. affected by a 12 months of guilt and deception, Putnam ultimately 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 easiest American actual crime” (Newsday).
Revised and up to date, this book additionally contains pictures and a brand new epilogue via the author.
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