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Joe Cinque's Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

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Joe Cinque's Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

by Garner, Helen

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Picador, Sydney, 2010. Reprint. Softcover. Fine Condition. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 328 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. This book is available and ready to be shipped.. A true story of death, grief and the law from the 2019 winner of the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests-most of them university students-had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died. It probes the gap between ethics and the law; examines the helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as evil and explores conscience, culpability, and the battered ideal of duty of care. It is a masterwork from one of Australia's greatest writers. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: True Crime; Australia; 1990s; ISBN: . ISBN/EAN: 9780330421782. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 7312. . 9780330421782

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On Jul 21 2017, CloggieDownunder said:
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Joe Cinque's Consolation. A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law is a non-fiction book by award -winning Australian author, Helen Garner. In March 1999, a respected senior journalist suggested to Garner that she write about the murder, in October 1997, of young civil engineer, Joe Cinque. At first reluctant, Garner became intrigued by the case. The bones were this: Cinque's girlfriend and her best friend had been charged with murdering him by giving him a massive dose of Rohypnol, then injecting him with heroin.

After an aborted joint jury trial, each accused was being tried separately in a judge-only trial. By the time Garner arrived in Canberra for the trial, the prosecution's case for the girlfriend, law student Anu Singh, was already done, and the defence was presenting their case. Garner attended the remainder of that trial, the sentencing hearing and then the trial of law student Madhavi Rao, Anu's best friend. She also read through all the transcripts of the aborted trial and the trial she had attended.

In her book Garner includes discussions she had with journalists, with AFP officer involved, with other judges, and eventually with the presiding judge, Justice Crispin. She includes comments overheard and interviews with Joe's parents Maria and Nino Cinque as well as his family and friends. She also interviewed the parents of the accused, Dr Pradyumn Singh and Mrs Dr Surinder Singh. Conspicuous by their absence are any words from the two accused, who declined to be interviewed.

This is no clinical analysis of the case. Garner describes all involved: defence counsel, prosecutor, judge, accused, witnesses and those in the public gallery. She reports not just testimony, but also behaviour, attitude and body language, showing just how very human they all are. She does not hesitate to include her own opinions, reactions, feelings, and moods, and even the reactions of those who heard that she may be writing a book about it.

Thus, Singh's defence counsel, Jack Pappas: "He was a tough little package of a man with an almost shaven head, a hooked nose, the rosy cheeks of good circulation, and the thick neck of a boxer. You could have drawn a diagram of the lines of attention that centred on him. His voice was the sharpest and most carrying, his enunciation the crispest, his pacing the most leisurely, his gestures the most dramatic. The jokes were his, and others laughed".

While reading Justice Crispin judgement, Garner comes across the mention of "simple wickedness" and thought: "What is 'simple wickedness'? does such a thing exist? Was there ever such a thing, or did it die with the arrival of psychiatry?"

While reading trial transcripts, it struck Garner that the victim, Joe Cinque was barely represented in the proceedings, that everything focussed instead on the flamboyant accused. (Even now, Anu Singh apparently merits a Wikipedia entry, while Joe Cinque only gets a mention therein). This book goes some small way to redressing that. Would that every victim of crime had a Helen Garner to be their voice. A thought-provoking read.

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Bookseller
Great Southern Books AU (AU)
Bookseller Inventory #
7312
Title
Joe Cinque's Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law
Author
Garner, Helen
Format/binding
Softcover
Book condition
Used - Fine Condition
Quantity available
1
Edition
Reprint
Binding
Paperback
ISBN 10
0330421786
ISBN 13
9780330421782
Publisher
Picador
Place of Publication
Sydney
Date published
2010
Keywords
BZDB137 NOISBN helen garner, australia, murder, true cime, joe cinque, True Crime; Australia; 1990s; Joe Cinques Consolation A True Story of Death Grief and the Law Garner Helen

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