Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir - eBook
Crossed Over: A Murder, A Memoir - eBook  -     By: Beverly Lowry
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Vintage
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780307765963
ISBN-13: 9780307765963

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One mother's son is killed in a tragic accident; another's daughter murders two people in a wild rage. From these bitter facts, Beverly Lowry--the first child's mother and an acclaimed novelist--has fashioned a memoir in which the objectivity of true-crime reportage resonates with acute feeling and even, ultimately, with redemption.

In Houston, in the early morning hours of June 13, 1983, twenty-three-year-old Karla Faye Tucker showed up with two friends at the apartment of a man they hated, Jerry Lynn Dean. Fired by a lost weekend of drugs and bravado, during which their grievances against Jerry Lynn became magnified out of all proportion, they had it in mind to steal motorcycle parts. Maybe to scare him a little. But by the time they left, both Dean and his chance, one-night companion had been murdered with such thorough wickedness as to ensure Karla's place among the handful of young white women on Death Row in this country.

The next fall, outside of Austin, Beverly Lowry's son Peter, after an increasingly troubled adolescence, was back in high school and back living at home when he was killed--an unsolved hit-and-run. He was eighteen. The despair that descended into Lowry's life seemed without end, but eventually and almost inevitably she became obsessed by the beautiful young killer whose photograph she'd seen in a Houston newspaper. "If Peter hadn't been killed," she writes, "I would not have made that first trip up to see Karla Faye."

In Crossed Over, Beverly Lowry reveals how Tucker, a full-time addict and part-time prostitute, had been dealt this fate as a child--only to pursue it relentlessly herself in Houston's violent subculture of bikers and outlaws. Working backward from the murders, Lowry delves into character and motive, looking for reasons that might explain these unthinkable acts. But this is also an account of the unlikely and powerful friendship between a writer--a mother--coming to terms with her loss and a young woman who, even under the sentence of death, begins the life she'd never before had a chance to lead.

Crossed Over is a story of crime and punishment, but more importantly it explores the connection between grief and hope, and between different kinds of victims. In the end, what Beverly Lowry uncovers is the unexpected ability of life, however blighted the circumstances, to assert its best, most urgent claim upon us.


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Author Bio

Beverly Lowry is the author of six novels. She lives in Washington, D.C.


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Editorial Reviews

“A tremendous literary achievement…. Lowry’s power of empathy is astonishing…. Mesmerizing.”–Los Angeles Times Book Review


“Immensely disturbing…offers us a vision of other lives–lives that, like it or not, we are unable to forget.”–Francine Prose, The New York Times Book Review

“An extraordinary book…about redemption, about how one superlatively messed up girl…went straight. Just in time to die.”–Anna Quindlen, The Denver Post

“Undeniably gripping. No reader is going to forget it overnight.” —The Houston Post



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    June 25, 2017
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    I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed a paperback copy of "Karla Faye Tucker Set Free" by Linda Strom that I found doing prison ministry. I enjoyed it so much so that I passed it on to someone else. Thus, I purchased the eBook and wanted to know more about Karla's testimony of coming to faith in Christ, so I also purchased "Crossed Over" by Beverly Lowry. I was very disappointed with "Crossed Over" because it was written apparently by a non-Christian author who attempted to compare Karla's story with the tragic death of her son, although I didn't catch the connection she was trying to make. The primary focus of Linda Strom's book was Karla's faith in Christ and witness for Him after her conversion.

    What makes "Crossed Over" inappropriate is that it contains frequent vulgar language and graphic descriptions of various sex acts Karla and her family members and friends engaged in prior to her arrest and conversion. I read the whole thing because I expected it to finally provide information regarding Karla's conversion experience to faith in Christ, but barely a mention was made. That is understandable when considering the author almost surely is not a follower of Christ.

    I highly recommend you remove "Crossed Over" from your inventory of books.
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