Joe Cinque's Consolation

Publication Details
ISBN: 
0330364979
Year of Publication: 
2004
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Author Information
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Categories & Groupings
Category: 
True Crime
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Book Synopsis

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.

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