Daniel Herborn reviews 'Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail' by Belinda Hawkins

Daniel Herborn reviews 'Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail' by Belinda Hawkins

Every Parent’s Nightmare: Jock Palfreeman and the True Story of His Father’s Fight to Save Him from a Lifetime in a Bulgarian Jail

by Belinda Hawkins

Allen & Unwin, $29.99 pb, 354 pp, 9781742379852

Like the best examples of true crime books, Every Parent’s Nightmare goes far beyond the tragedy at its centre and places it in its socio-economic context. Belinda Hawkins details how a death in Bulgaria back in 2007 became a highly politicised incident, and offers a convincing explanation as to why the trial was so sloppy and one-sided.

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Published in June 2013, no. 352
Daniel Herborn

Daniel Herborn

Daniel Herborn is a Sydney writer and lawyer. His book reviews have appeared in various publications, including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Sun-Herald, and Eureka Street.

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