Sniper

Sniper is the behind-the-scenes story of one of the most frightening rampages to occur in U.S. historyand how it was stopped. For more than three weeks, the nation watched in disbelief as Washington, D.C., and its surrounding suburbs were held hostage by anonymous gunmen shooting innocent civilians at random. Sniper is the de?nitive account of those alleged gunmen, John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo, and the massive manhunt that ended with their capture by a heavily armed SWAT team in an early-morning raid at an interstate highway rest stop. Two Washington Post reporters, Sari Horwitz and Michael E. Ruane, retrace the steps of Muhammad and Malvo from their ?rst meeting on the island of Antigua to Malvo's de?ant confession in a Virginia jail. Drawing on exclusive reporting about that confession, internal police documents, and a wide range of law-enforcement sources, Horwitz and Ruane track in remarkable detail the murderous trail Muhammad and Malvo are accused of having followed to the Washington area and reconstruct the eerie way in which the two moved invisibly around the nation's capital in the midst of one of the largest police investigations in U.S. history. Horwitz and Ruane also take you inside the police command center where local and state police, joined by the federal government's most experienced crime ?ghters, worked desperately to stop the killings, unaware that a fundamental errorinvestigators were wrongly ?xated on a white vanwas allowing Muhammad and Malvo to slip through the dragnet. We meet FBI negotiators, veteran detectives, forensics experts, prosecutors, and politicians who faced perhaps the biggest challenge of their careers as they confronted frustrating setbacks, logistical nightmares, and the overwhelming pressure of a high-stakes investigation. In a fast-paced narrative that outdoes even the most acclaimed television cop shows, Sniper recounts the extraordinary police work that enabled investigators to quickly exploit the clues handed to them by Muhammad and Malvo that ?nally led to their arrest. Part gripping drama, part real-life portrait of law enforcement at work, Sniper is also a cautionary tale about the vulnerability of American society in an age of terrorism. From the Hardcover edition.

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By George (Oceanside, NY) · January 29, 2008
This is first edition of "Sniper" followed by the updated version that takes us to judges ultimate sanction on John Muhammad.

Though this is not a novel or fiction, I like the fact that it is told simular to a story with documentary here and there.

The sequence of events shift around a bit, startin... ...more
By Ryan (Wilmette, IL) · ★★★★☆ · February 10, 2015
Lived it. Brought back a lot of memories of pumping gas, shopping, driving around Fredericksburg during that time. I remember semis pulling around gas stations to offer customers protection. And people walking zig zag through the Spotsylvania Mall parking lot. Wondering how many times that blue C... ...more
By Terese (Allentown, PA) · January 29, 2008
I have to admit that I didnt read this front to back, but started reading where Ms Muhammed is informed that her children have been found, and the her reaction to that "They found my babies", really got hooked into the story, because of my simular experiences with having to deal with two boys tak... ...more
By Chris (Porter Ranch, CA) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 15, 2007
I was amazed by the lack of information shared between the different agencies - the FBI, local police, US Marshalls. Fair background information is given about the snipers. It felt a little bit long but fairly interesting book if you like true crime / police investigation stories. ...more
By Wsprag (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 06, 2011
I was disappointed. I was looking for something that got into the legal trials of the two. This was a "blow by blow" account. It's a fine book to read, just not what I was looking for, I suppose. ...more
By Terri (Alexandria, VA) · ★★★★☆ · January 19, 2010
This book is well documented and includes a lot of information I was not aware of. It all is a compelling read bringing back memories of that time which does not seem all that long ago ...more
By Kelly (Mooresville, NC) · ★★★★★ · November 28, 2012
A scary truth about the snipers that terrorized northern Virginia. An insight on what happened and history of the killers. Definitly worth the read ...more
By George (Oceanside, NY) · January 29, 2008
This is an update from the first edition. More details at the crime scenes shown, here, nice added into the story . ...more
By Swayze (The United States) · ★★★★☆ · April 24, 2012
This was a very interesting read to learn about these shootings. ...more
By Justin (Minneapolis, MN) · ★★★★☆ · August 24, 2012
I'm a sucker for true crime books, so I enjoyed this. ...more