With this case being pummeled by the news media into our collective consciousness, I don’t know if it's possible to think anyone hasn’t heard about it. But maybe there are a few who haven’t. If you’ve been traveling in out of space for a couple of years – welcome home. If you’ve just climbed from underneath a rock or crawled out of a cave, welcome back to civilization. This is the story of Scott Peterson, the man accused (and ultimately convicted) of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn child, Connor. It was a story that captured the attention of an entire nation.
For the rest of us who’ve either been glued to Court TV or just followed the story through the newspapers or network news, A Deadly Game is Court TV anchorwoman Catherine Crier’s entry into the Scott Peterson saga. Along with co-author Cole Thompson, Crier paints more of a detailed evolution of the case and the players than anything “untold.” It is not only a very comprehensive chronicling of the evidence and forensics of the case but also of the personal history of Scott and Laci.
With most of the evidence revealed at trial, the added details come from never-before-released transcripts of conversations Scott Peterson had with the Modesto Police Department and other such private conversations. There are also color crime-scene photos along with black-and-white photos and other documentation.
Right from the beginning, Crier states that she believes Scott was a sociopath who was responsible for Laci’s disappearance. His behavior and demeanor - not to mention all the lies he told the police and his own and Laci's families - certainly would lead someone to believe that, so that’s not really taking a giant leap. There aren’t many who will deny Scott’s guilt but there could be an argument made for a more balanced, perhaps more critical view of the case, but don’t let that stop you. The book reads like a cozy detective novel with you being dropped right into the middle of an investigation as the events unfold.
Overall, the comprehensive and thorough story telling will appeal to most readers, while those seeking more of the “untold” will feel a bit cheated.