The reviews are starting to come in for The Show Won’t Go On: The Most Shocking, Bizarre, and Historic Deaths of Performers Onstage by our pals Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns.
The latest is from BOOKLIST, the publication and website in which trusted experts from the American Library Association offer book reviews for librarians in public and school libraries:
"This is the perfect book for the morbidly curious, the gawkers, and anyone fascinated by peculiar deaths. It chronicles those who gave their last performances in all types of entertainment: theater, comedy, magic, television, radio, and several genres of music.
"Abraham and Kearns use a journalistic style to inform the reader of the events surrounding each performer's demise, and this pays off in the interviews with some of the decedent's friends and relatives. In some cases, we learn their last words before the performance, which is moving and oddly satisfying. While some deaths were completely preventable, the authors are careful not to pass judgment and instead simply report the events as they happened.
"The format is not a strict narrative, allowing the reader to skip around, if desired, and read whatever bits and pieces immediately jump out. The pictures are a touching tribute, showing each performer in his or her prime.
"Laced with intrigue and respectful at the same time, this is a wonderful read for those looking for a unique twist on true crime. Adults aren't the only ones obsessed with true crime, and this sensitive portrayal of sensational deaths will appeal to teen Murderinos."
— Carrie Rasak