Tampa Bay Times Review: a compelling story of the impact of murder

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“Serial killers often leave an indelible dark smear on the public memory. But their impact on those who knew their victims, the friends and family who survive, can be far worse.

“Christine Lennon’s first novel, The Drifter, explores that impact with a story that many Floridians will recognize with a shudder. It’s based on the horrific killings committed in Gainesville in 1990 by Danny Rolling.

“In August of that year, Rolling murdered five college students in their homes, grotesquely mutilating and posing their bodies. The University of Florida campus and the town around it were stricken with fear until he was arrested later that year in Ocala and charged in the crimes. He confessed to several other killings, was convicted in the Gainesville cases and was executed in 2006.

“Lennon is a journalist who has worked at W, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. She lives in Los Angeles with her family now, but she graduated from UF. In this debut novel she captures the university town’s character, from ramshackle student apartments and vast auditorium classes to the swampy heat of its summers.”

—Tampa Bay Times

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