Here's a book review I wrote many moons ago, back when I was a liberal. I am posting my review uncut and unedited so that readers can see how easy I was taken in. And how easy it is to fool people.
Read the review, then read the shocking information below the review text.
Sleepers by Lorenzo Carcaterra
This is the most incredible, amazing, unbelievable and overwhelming novel I've read in many a year. There are not enough adjectives to describe my reaction to this book and not enough answers to my questions as regards the story line.
I checked and the book IS non-fiction. Which means it's a true story. Which means the tale in the book really happened and I doubt any fiction writer could ever craft such a tale.
First, Carcaterra is a very good writer and this is of major import. The story he tells is fascinating enough but given that the man writes so well the book becomes a home run on this reader's scale.
It took a few chapters to get into the meat of the story. Carcaterra spends some time describing the background of New York's "Hell's Kitchen" and his childhood life within. I began to get annoyed as I thought this was a true crime book and after several chapters no crime had yet been committed. Calmness came upon me as I decided that perhaps I'd mistakenly picked up a non-true crime book but the story of a child's life on those mean streets was interesting enough. I continued to read.
It turned out this background was crucial to the story and I'm glad I stayed with it. For when the author of the book turns 13 years old, a crime is committed. By him and several of his friends.
The crime was one of youthful recklessness and the perpetrators were sentenced to a year or more in an upstate boy's reform school.
At this point the book takes off and I could not put it down no matter the late hour or duties to be done. Those boys paid dearly for their silly crime and the price was extracted by a group of guards at the reform school that were the most heinous of individuals walking this earth.