Two Truths and A Lie

Two Truths and A Lie

A Murder, A Private Investigator, and Her Search for Justice

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"In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan was a young reporter for the Miami Herald when she covered the execution of Jesse Tafero, a man convicted of murdering two police officers. When it later emerged that Tafero may not have committed the murders, McGarrahan became haunted by that grisly execution--and appalled by her unquestioning acceptance of the state's version of events. Decades later, in the midst of her successful career as a private investigator, McGarrahan finally decides to find out the truth of what really happened. Her investigation takes her back to Florida, where she combs through court files and interviews everyone involved in the case, in. She plunges back into the Miami of the 1960s and 1970s, where gangsters and kingpins and beautiful women inhabit a dangerous world of nightclubs, speed boats, and drug cartels. Violence is everywhere. The murdered police officers, she discovers, are only one part of the picture. But even as McGarrahan circles closer to the truth, the story of guilt and innocence becomes more complex. She gradually discovers that she hasn't been alone in her search for closure, because whenever a human life is forcibly taken--by bullet, or by electric chair--the reckoning is long and difficult. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and a fascinating glimpse into the life of a private investigator, Two Truths and a Lie is ultimately a profound meditation on grief and complicity"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780812998665
0812998669
9780812998672
Characteristics: xxxii, 331 pages ; 24 cm

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At a rest stop in Florida in 1976, a pair of law enforcement officers approached a Camaro with three adults and two children sleeping inside. The interaction ended with the two officers shot and killed at close range. In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan, a journalist at the Miami Herald, witnessed the botc... Read More »

At a rest stop in Florida in 1976, a pair of law enforcement officers approached a Camaro with three adults and two children sleeping inside. The interaction ended with the two officers shot and killed at close range. In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan, a journalist at the Miami Herald, witnessed the botc... Read More »


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Mar 16, 2021

A compelling read. This is not only about a carefully pursued investigation of facts, but also demonstrates how hyperbole and a preferred narrative can overshadow the truth. This book has been assigned a subject heading of Judicial Error-Florida. That overlooks the bigger subjects, Duress and Hyperbole, as the judicial error does not apply to the execution that opens the story. The subject headings assignment drives home the point of the book - perhaps the CPL catalogers (or whatever individual/agency made the assignments) should read this book and reassess the LC subject assignments.

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