The second book of the Red Rope series was terrifically difficult to write. There was a simpler alternative which would have been easier to write, but that – I felt – would be cheating. I wanted to do due diligence to a much more complicated dynamic, and to be honest, when I started it I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to make sense of it.
The Death at the Mansion series provided some useful and prescient insights that I hadn’t encountered before. Audio recordings of Jonah Shacknai’s police statement helped in the process of unraveling certain psychological mechanisms underlying this case.
Do we know all there is to know about this case? No, but we’re getting there.
4 thoughts on “First Review of ZAHAU: INSIDE THE WHALE”
I thought Jonah’s testimony on the stand in Adam’s civil trial was odd. He was so polished, and he never looked over at Adam as if to say – I’m sorry you got mixed up in this, or I’m sorry you are here, or even I forgive you. When the questioning was over he just removed himself from the stand (and left his dirty tissues there for someone else to pick up) and without so much as a backward glance, walked off.
He was so polished>>>It was a testimony designed to be as sparkly and polished as possible. That’s what PR companies are paid to do, make sure it looks and sounds as appropriate as it possibly can.
I hadn’t thought of that – that Jonah was likely coached how to “be” on the stand. John Ramsey too (and Patsy).
Thank you so much for the Rebecca Zhau coverage. It’s a case that has fascinated me since its beginnings.