Vanessa V. Friedman
September 10, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Linda A. Fairstein
genre
, Nonfiction

We gave it an C

Linda Fairstein, the chief of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit and the woman who gained fame as the prosecutor of the ”preppy murder” and the Central Park jogger cases, should have a lot of important stories to tell, and be good at telling them — she makes her living, after all, re-creating crimes for a jury of her peers. Unfortunately, by reading her first book, Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape, you’d never know it. Caught between the urge to dramatize her job and the desire to provide a brief historical and legal overview of sex-crimes jurisprudence in New York City, she succeeds at neither. Chapters on the ”midtown rapist” case of 1985 alternate with chapters on her career in the D.A.’s office and others on the procedures and laws governing the prosecution of sex crimes. Whatever the author’s motivation in choosing her flat tone and an eight-year-old crime as her chief case study, the result of those choices is an equally flat reaction on the part of the reader: smoke where there should have been fire. C

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