Edith Brady-Lunny and Steve Vogel
9781543962000, $18.99, print
9781543962017, $8.99, ebook
Just because The Unforgiven: The Untold Story of One Woman’s Search for Love and Justice is a true crime expose doesn’t mean that the drama and tension of fiction aren’t present. Under the dual pens of Edith Brady-Lunny and Steve Vogel, more than just the basic facts are covered. The emotional impact and anguish of a mother whose three children drown in the back seat of a car driven by her boyfriend when it plunges into the river makes for a case that wavers between a murder plot and a terrible accident. From the wide-ranging social and legal ramifications of this particular case and its impact on a community to state social worker concerns over Hamm’s future family makeup and her children’s safety, The Unforgiven goes beyond crime and punishment to consider what constitutes either redemption or a criminal act that can and should never be forgotten or completely forgiven. True crime readers interested in confessions, court proceedings, police procedures, and a political and public relations furor within a child welfare agency will find The Unforgiven goes far beyond the usual ‘whodunnit’ true crime approach, offering pointed considerations of justice and forgiveness.