Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion

by Joe Sharkey

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Above Suspicion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Mahuenga 9 months ago
I am fan-crushing on Joe Sharkey and wish he’d written even more books than he has. This is the second book I’ve read by him and they are page-turners. Sharkey especially understands women. Each of these real people - no matter how flawed – is relate-able. On the one hand, your heart will go out to many of them. On the other hand, you will be secretly relieved that you know none of them.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Mark Putnam is a rookie FBI Agent. A week after graduation he is sent to Pikeville, Kentucky for his first assignment. Pikeville is not anything like what he and his wife, Kathy, were expecting. We're talking mountain folk, drug rings, and lots of miscellaneous crimes. But all this is okay with Putnam. He was a man bent on becoming a great federal agent and he's willing to put in the time and effort to reach his goal. Meanwhile, Kathy is a stay at home mom with their young daughter, Danielle. When Putnam put informants on his payroll, he ran into young, pretty Susan Smith. Susan was a single mom, a drug user, and although most people really liked her, she was a consummate liar. She sets her eyes on Putnam and she's determined to make him hers. Putnam only refused her advances for a short time before they began a somewhat torrid affair. When Putnam ended the affair, Susan wasn't about to go peacefully. There was a horrific struggle and in a rage, he strangled her to death. Tormented with guilt, after a year, Putnam confessed to what he had done and led investigators to Susan's remains. BOOK BLURB: This is the story of what happened before, during, and after his startling confession—an account that “should take its place on the dark shelf of the best American true crime” (Newsday). This is an extremely well written true crime account. The author stuck to fact-based journalism. This was a kind of sad read. I felt so much sympathy for Kathy (wife) and Susan...two women who loved the same man. Mark seems to have let his ambition steer him in the wrong direction and in the end, he could not live with himself. Many thanks to the author / Open Road Integrated Media / Netgalley for the digital copy of ABOVE SUSPICION. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
CLynnT More than 1 year ago
First published in 1993, this current publication has the addition of follow-up notes by the author updating the status of those involved and his observations during his return visit to the area of Pikeston, Kentucky. Mark Putnam and his family accept his first “G-man” assignment in the dreary town of Pikeston Kentucky. His wife, Kathy, is very supportive and patient with the extensive hours required for him to make a good first impression. Part of his job is using informants, one of whom is a young spit-fire local girl, Susan, who falls head over heels in love with the handsome, professional, and preppy young man. Without proper supervisory guidance and at times, overwhelmed with the duties, paperwork, and crookedness of the people, including the law, Mark makes some bad decisions and falls prey to Susan’s constant suggestions. What follows is the sad crumbling of his faith in himself, his career and his family, culminating in an instant of overreaction that affects everyone for life. Joe Sharkey has done an extensive and tireless research of the people, places, personalities, and frames of thought that shaped these individuals and the events that unfolded. The end result is fact-based journalism at its best. He can encourage the reader to feel sympathy for the perpetrator, the victim and both families, and disdain for others in the outer circles who contributed to the perfect storm in numerous ways. This is an engrossing read, never boring or slow, and will keep your attention to the last page. I look forward to the movie coming out in 2017. It will be difficult to convey the emotions. As Sharkey noted in his final comments, the challenge for both the book and the movie was to reflect the “female gaze”. I suggest reading the book first to get a better understanding of the emotions of those affected. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Open Road Integrated Media and NetGalley for making it available.)