Format Read: Paperback
Source: From PR firm for an honest review
Release Date: June 2, 2014
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Blurb from goodreads:
A gripping psychological thriller from one of America's leading psychopathy experts that explores race, the criminal mind, and the changing cultural landscape of Vietnam Era America.
It's 1973. America is in the throes of Watergate, Vietnam, and increasingly heated racial tensions. A small college town in Southern Illinois is terrorized by a spree of sadistic sexual assaults against young Asian women, purportedly by a black man seeking payback for America's betrayal in Vietnam.
Acting more on suspicion than evidence, the all-white police force arrests a black theater instructor and Vietnam vet. His only African American colleague, philosophy professor Nathan "Ribs" Rivers, finds himself in the unlikely position of leading a coalition of student and faculty groups advocating for a fair trial, despite his own doubts about the suspect's innocence.
As the case intensifies, Professor Rivers uncovers a shocking web of conspiracy, underground activity, and psychopathy. He embarks on a vision quest for the truth about the crimes and his own character that threatens to topple his family and career, ignites in him a spiritual crisis, and plunges him headlong toward lethal unknowns.
Silhouette of Virtue is more than just a gripping psychological thriller. Through the complex story, which is based on true events from the author's own life, Jay Richards provides a penetrating look at some of the most complex and challenging issues facing American society, then and now. As a forensic psychologist with more than three decades of experience diagnosing and studying psychopaths and sex offenders, Richards offers an authentic portrayal of the complex characters and weaves together the culture and politics of the era with racial tension, mystery, and suspense.
This book looked interesting when the review request came in so I accepted it. Silhouette of Virtue is not an easy read. The author has an incredible mastery of the English language, which is pretty nice for a change. However, this book is not one you can pick up and read in one sitting. For me, books fall into a couple of categories. This one falls into the “Must be able to think while reading”. You cannot pick up this book after a long stressful day at work and hope to melt your stress away.
Silhouette of Virtue requires one to be able to think and use that thought while reading. I found myself using a dictionary more than once. . The majority of the time when I want to read a book, it is because I have had a rough day at work, come home to care for a preschool age child and I want to lose myself in a story. I found it hard to get into this story because it does require you to use your brain. It was much easier to read on my day off, rather than after a crazy day. The characters are complex and so is the story. Is it interesting? Yes, if you can get into it. Getting to see inside the mind of a man of a different race, during a time of high racial tensions in this country was pretty interesting and was an eye-opening experience.
If you want a light read with lots of fluff, this is not the book for you. However, if you want a book that will give you some insight on politics and racial tensions in the 1970’s and you are prepared to use your brain while reading, then this is the book for you.