The Last Stone by Mark Bowden, review by Robin Templin
Brace yourself. This is real. 1975. Katherine and Sheila Lyons (10 and 12 yrs. old) were abducted from a mall in suburban DC. Fast forward 40 years. Lloyd Lee Welch, an incarcerated child molester, is somehow linked with the sisters' disappearance. The 40-year mystery is painstakingly unraveled in nearly three years of interrogations, conversations, and confrontations. The dialogue is that of Welch and the detectives determined to reveal the past and path of a monster. A monster both cunning and incredibly naive. And ultimately, incapable of empathy or regret. Welch's story changed by the day, by the hour, and sometimes mid-sentence.
Equally appalling is the morally corrupt family and clan which was bound to create at least one murderer. Drugs, incest, rape, and violence were the norm. They were hell bent on satisfying their own needs and protecting each other's hide. There are so many layers to this story. So many implications and terrible lessons. I simply could not look away.