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The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

Written by Daniel J. Patinkin

Narrated by Kevin Stillwell


The Trigger: Narratives of the American Shooter

Written by Daniel J. Patinkin

Narrated by Kevin Stillwell

ratings:
4.5/5 (31 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 3, 2021
ISBN:
9781094425962
Format:
Audiobook

Description

Six moving profiles reveal the complex realities behind gun violence in the United States. These are the stories of the shooters. In South Carolina, a young man embarks on a life of crime that culminates in a drug-related shooting and decades in prison; in Chicago, an off-duty police officer engages in a shootout with a murderous gunman, saving a fellow patrolman; in rural Tennessee, a troubled teenager shoots her abusive father in his sleep. The Trigger recounts the dramatic life stories of six individuals who have shot someone in America. In 2017, over 15,000 were killed and over 31,000 were injured by gunfire. Faced with these desensitizing statistics, one easily forgets that each incident is perpetrated by a living, feeling human being who has walked a unique path. The causes and consequences of these violent acts are often far more complicated than one might expect. Author Daniel J. Patinkin exhaustively interviewed each of six shooters about their life experiences and about the unique circumstances that compelled them to use a firearm against another person. The result is a series of profound narratives that is sure to distress and challenge the reader, but also, perhaps, to provide enlightenment and inspiration.
Publisher:
Released:
Aug 3, 2021
ISBN:
9781094425962
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Daniel J. Patinkin is a Chicago-born writer and businessman. His unique career has spanned the real estate, finance, education, and entertainment industries. He earned a BA in English and history from Indiana University and an MFA in producing from the University of Southern California. He is also the cowriter, with Chris Leben, of The Crippler.


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  • (5/5)
    The author does a great job with each chapter and each story and use it for a great conclusion.
  • (3/5)
    Accounts of the lives of six people who killed someone else with a gun, with varying levels of moral and legal accountability (there’s one cop who faces no legal scrutiny at all; the others go to jail). It’s a tour of American heartbreak.
  • (5/5)
    These a interesting, well written stories. The author humanizes the perpetrators of these crimes with compassion.
  • (5/5)

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    This is an excellent audiobook with a truly relevant topic that affects Americans today. Interesting stories, with diverse backgrounds, well worth listening to.

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  • (5/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    Excellent written, poignant exposure to 5 very different scenarios in which any or all of us could find ourselves and some point in our lives! A very thought engaging epilogue that pulls it all together! The sprinkling of gun facts throughout leads you wonder in astonishment how some of them can be true! Also the reader was very good and explains the authors thoughts without making you feel like it’s a boring class you have taken in college! An excellent read!

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