The Adversary

The Adversary

A True Story of Monstrous Deception

Book - 2000
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The shocking true story of a respectable doctor, eighteen years of lies, five murders, and the extremes to which ordinary people can go.
"On the Saturday morning of January 9, 1993, while Jean-Claude Romand was killing his wife and children, I was with mine in a parent-teacher meeting." So Emmanuel Carrere, acclaimed master of psychological suspense, begins this riveting tale of unfathomable deception. Who could have imagined Romand as a murderer? He was, after all, a noted physician at the World Health Organization, a groundbreaking researcher with connections to international humanitarians, a financial wizard entrusted with his in-laws' savings, a loving son who called his parents every evening. If there was a problem, no one knew it. As it turned out, there were many: Romand had no medical degree; he had no job; he knew no one famous; he had spent his in-laws' money. And when a relative went to break the terrible news about Romand's wife and children to his parents, they too were dead -- murdered by the stranger who had been their son.
A mesmerizing account of the hundreds of daily lies that propelled one man's life, The Adversary -- another name for the Devil in the Bible -- is also a meditation on the mystery of identity, evil, and the desperate logic by which it is easier to kill than to confess.
Publisher: Toronto : Stoddart, c2000.
ISBN: 9780773732773
Characteristics: 191 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Coverdale, Linda - Translator


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Feb 16, 2017

This would have made an excellent magazine article... I don't read a lot of true crime; this one just didn't come together for me. The author was too much a character in the story, I felt. Also the way the chronology was used, all suspense was removed from this horrible event- meh...

Aug 28, 2015

This is the true story of a monster who killed his family rather than have his deceptions uncovered. He is a passive person, afraid of confrontation who achieves something of what he wants through the notoriety of his trial and having this book written about him. Unfortunately, psychologically, it is not that insightful.

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