Tragedy in the North Woods: The Murders of James Hicks
by Trudy Irene Scee
Publisher: The History Press
Summary: James Hicks committed three murders in Maine – and almost got away with them. While there is the potential for a good book in the Hicks case, Tragedy in the North Woods often bores the reader.
Review: James Hicks committed murder in Maine in 1977, 1982, and 1994. Authorities suspected him of the crimes, but could not make a case against him. Only when Hicks attacked a Lubbock, Texas, woman in 2000 did he confess to the three murders – in exchange for being allowed to serve his time in Maine rather than in Texas.
The Hicks case is interesting and it has the potential to “hold” the reader. (It was featured on the A&E TV show “Cold Cases”). At times, author Trudy Irene Scee rises to the occasion and does a good job of describing the people involved in the case and the settings of the crimes. However, all too often the presentation bores the reader. Even at 114 pages, the book often seems to be too long.
While the Hicks cases is interesting, I cannot recommend Tragedy in the North Woods.