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  • Published: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786090072
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Unbelievable




She said she was raped.

Detectives said she lied.



The real-life investigation behind the forthcoming NETFLIX series: two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists uncover the story of Marie, an eighteen-year-old girl who was branded a liar after reporting her brutal rape, and the detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.

Previously published as 'A False Report'

The real-life investigation behind the forthcoming NETFLIX series: two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists uncover the story of Marie, an eighteen-year-old girl who was branded a liar after reporting her brutal rape, and the detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth.
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must-Read Books of 2018
***SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOLD DAGGER AWARD***

She said she was raped.
Police said she lied.

On 11 August 2008, eighteen-year-old Marie reported that a masked man had broken into her home and raped her. Within days, police – and even those closest to Marie – became suspicious of her story. Confronted by inconsistencies and doubt, Marie broke down and said her story was a lie. The police convicted her of making a false report.

More than two years later, Colorado detective Stacy Galbraith was assigned to a case of sexual assault. It bore an eerie resemblance to a rape that had taken place months earlier in a nearby town. Joining forces with the detective on that case, Edna Hendershot, the two soon discovered they were dealing with a serial rapist, and yet another victim.

Unbelievable is a chilling tale of doubt, lies, and the hunt for justice, unveiling the disturbing reality of how sexual assault is investigated and the long history of scepticism toward its victims.

  • Pub date: 3 September 2019
  • ISBN: 9781786090072
  • Imprint: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

T. Christian Miller

T. Christian Miller joined ProPublica, the non-profit newsroom for investigative journalism, as a senior reporter in 2008. Before that, he worked for the Los Angeles Times, where he covered politics, wars, and was once kidnapped by leftist guerrillas in Colombia. His first book, Blood Money: Wasted Billions, Lost Lives, and Corporate Greed in Iraq, was called one of the “indispensable” books on the war. He teaches data journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

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Praise for Unbelievable

“I pretty much read A FALSE REPORT in one sitting. It is deeply disturbing but brilliant. I hope it helps with the seismic shift needed in attitudes to women who are brave enough to come forward when they have been assaulted.”

Sandi Toksvig

“A deep, disturbing, compelling, important book. A False Report digs into timeless issues – crime, victimhood, honesty, sexism – which have never been more timely. It is also a fascinating, sharply written story that will twist and surprise you.”

Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

“Remarkable”

TLS

“Disturbing and meticulously researched, this is a vital book for the #MeToo era.”

Stylist, Best True Crime Books Ever Written

“Brilliant detective work, very well told.”

Evening Standard

“Incredibly compelling true-crime... Miller and Armstrong have forensically examined the case of a serial rapist, giving the victims a voice while underlining the importance of collaborative police work and believing testimonies - especially in circumstances of sexual violence.”

A Stylist Spring Pick

“A riveting and disturbing true-crime story that reflects the enduring atrocity of rape in America.”

Kirkus

“A timely story, this book examines not only the crimes at its heart, but also the way in which women who report being raped are often placed under suspicion themselves”

Stylist

“A False Report is a reporting triumph: a heartbreaking deep-dive into a case gone horribly wrong; a bone-chilling portrait of a monstrous criminal; and a forceful cri de coeur on behalf of the victim whose claims fell on deaf ears. You'll never read another crime story quite like it.”

Robert Kolker, author of Lost Girls

“Miller and Armstrong show how gender bias, and the many myths about sexual assault, still have far too much influence in the way law enforcement investigates these crimes. This harms victims and allows perpetrators to go free, potentially to commit additional assaults. But this brilliant book is also a thrilling depiction of an investigation gone right, showing us how good police work, informed by the latest research, can achieve justice for victims of sexual violence. Well-researched and compassionate, A False Report is essential reading for police, prosecutors, and lawmakers, and for all those seeking to do better for victims of sexual assault.”

Joanne Archambault, CEO of End Violence Against Women International


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