Dead Reckoning

How I Came to Meet the Man Who Murdered My Father

By (author) Carys Cragg

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ISBN: 9781551526973
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In this gripping and emotional memoir, a woman confronts the man who murdered her father twenty years earlier.

When Carys Cragg was eleven, her father, a respected doctor, was brutally murdered in his own home by an intruder. Twenty years later, and despite the reservations of her family and friends, she decides to contact his murderer in prison, and the two correspond for a period of two years. She learns of his horrific childhood, and the reasons he lied about the murder; in turn, he learns about the man he killed. She mines his letters for clues about the past before agreeing to meet him in person, when she learns startling new information about the crime.

With gripping suspense and raw honesty, Dead Reckoning follows one woman's determination to confront the man who murdered her father, revealing her need for understanding and the murderer's reluctance to tell―an uneasy negotiation between two people from different worlds both undone by tragedy. This is a powerful and emotional memoir about how reconciling with the past doesn't necessarily provide comfort, but it can reveal the truth.

Dead Reckoning is one of those books that will remain on my mind for a very, very long time. I applaud Carys Cragg's personal journey, and the graceful and highly articulate writing she employs to share her journey with readers. ―Amber Dawn, author of Sub Rosa and How Poetry Saved My Life

With remarkable candour and extraordinary insight Carys Cragg’s memoir examines central elements of transformative justice - truth, responsibility and punishment. Healing becomes not reconciliation but compromise, as Cragg’s story shifts from the narration of her father’s murder as a moment of horror and devastation to a journey of surrender, acceptance, and even forgiveness. ―Marina Cantacuzino, Founder, The Forgiveness Project

Cragg's own tenacity, integrity, and wisdom, shine through in this book, offering a testament to the revolutionary power of a life well lived. Reading this memoir left me feeling hopeful that a more just, caring, and relationally responsible world is within our collective reach. ―Dr. Jennifer White, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria

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