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Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders

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A collection of newspaper stories by award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Christopher Goffard—including “Dirty John,” the basis for the hit podcast and the upcoming Bravo scripted series starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana.

Since its release in fall 2017, the “Dirty John” podcast—about a conman who terrorizes a Southern California family—has been downloaded more than
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Simon Schuster
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Luanne Ollivier
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Goffard is an award-winning Los Angeles Times reporter. Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders is a collection of his best work.

Wow! I was hooked from the first story until the last - and quite sad when I did reach the end. I could happily listen to everything Goffard has written.

Most of the appeal for me is the fact that the stories are true. Goffard takes an event, a happening, a crime, a piece of life, a person and wholeheartedly immerses the reader/listener in
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Josh
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Dirty John and Other True Stories of Outlaws and Outsiders by Chris Goffard is a collection of real-life stories curated by the author. Goffard’s background in in journalism shines through as each of the stories is indeed interesting in concept; however, Dirty John loses its footing in the storytelling itself. Goffard does an expert job in setting the stage for each of the stories, building your interest as a reader by invoking empathy and sympathy with the characters, but the stories lack legs ...more
Stephen A. Geller
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great novel keeps your attention. When you start reading a page your fingers instinctively move to the top of the next page so you can turn it as quickly as possible without interrupting the thread or the mood of the lives you are sharing. "Dirty John" is not a novel but, rather, is a series of articles by a journalist about real people and their stories but many of them read as if they were a part of a terrific novel. Many of the tales are gripping, the characters vivid, and the crises they f ...more
Marika
Hooked on the podcast Dirty John? This book is a collection of newspaper stories by the reporter who wrote about “Dirty John," and it makes for compulsive reading. You'll read a little about a young couple that railroad hops that ends badly, a Syrian mother who has to make a Sophie's Choice type of decision. Great nonfiction that reads like fiction and true crime.

I read an advance copy and was not compensated.
Amber Chance
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked how these stories read. What I didn’t like was how some of them ended. And I’m sure that’s the point, but I like a story that has a true ending. Like you know what happened and why someone was doing something. And maybe some of them were just to inspire hope. I get that, but I also like to know what happened. I liked the Easter story because why would two lawyers do something like that over something so little. It’s just nuts! Or the story of the lady that had herself tied up and claimed ...more
Krista
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Dirty John and Other True Stories" is a collection of Chris Goffard's newspaper articles, which one reviewer described as "literary journalism." What's good: Without question, Goffard has an eye for a story and he's easily able to hook the reader on his characters. In "Dirty John," in particular, Goffard has landed on a magic mixture (as seen again in the podcast of the same name) that is particularly fascinating. (Without spoilers, the story has a spectacular finish that begs for analysis of w ...more
Pam
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This book contains some of his newspaper articles and some are much more interesting than others. The only reason I even knew of him was because of the BRAVO 8 week series of the title story "Dear John". It was evidently also a podcast and readers who get his stories knew about it. It is absolutely one of the more bizarre true stories I've ever read and the telecast kept me riveted because I could not believe it. I had already watch the TV production so the article in the book did not get to me ...more
Gail A.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bait and switch

Dirty John is surrounded by stories far from being representative of true crime. The editing is horrible. There are misplaced commas, comma splices, run on sentences and more. It's difficult to understand how the author received a Pulitzer. All the stories in the book end precipitatously, with no satisfaction from having read the. I wish I could get a refund.
James Speiker
I think the narrator did a great job.
Good book and the Dirty John story was really compelling. Some of the stories I was really thrilled and wished there was a more complete end to them. The only story that seemed to end was Dirty John. The overall book seemed to be incomplete.
Maureen Spengel
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Goffard writes with both sensitivity and sincerity, one that truly ought to be lauded, particularly within the genre of true crime narratives. Delving into the minutia and monotony that spawns an individual’s most absurd obsessions and idiosyncrasies, Goffard provides a jarring and heartening voice for either the self-inflicted or coincidental life extremes, which nevertheless, greatly alter destinies (often for the worse). I sincerely hope that Goffard continues to release collections such as t ...more
Ashley Gregg
Jan 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Dirty John section and the story about the PTA scandal, but the majority of the small stories lacked a meaningful conclusion.
Richard
Dec 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Just read the title chapter, better than spending 8 hours on the podcast or miniseries. Didn’t read the rest of the book, which deals with other crimes.
Lisa K
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
All of my favorite LA Times stories!!!! I definitely recommend this to everyone!!!
Carol Robinson
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bought the book to read the “Dirty John” portion. Book has several entertaining stories.
Heather
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book on impulse after listening to the Dirty John podcast. I also got a copy for a friend of mine who enjoys true crime.

These stories aren't written in the typical news fashion, but rather in the style of literary nonfiction. I read most of the stories in one sitting, and I particularly enjoyed the collection's two longest stories: Dirty John and Framed. I initially thought this was a collection of all true crime pieces, but that's not the case. While there are some true crime s
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