Adnan's Story

Adnan's Story

The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial

Book - 2019
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"On February 28, 2000, Adnan Syed was convicted and sentenced to life plus thirty years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, a high school senior in Baltimore, Maryland. Adnan has always maintained his innocence. Rabia Chaudry, a family friend, believes he was wrongly convicted and has fought for his release. But by 2013, after appeals were exhausted, things looked bleak. Rabia contacted Sarah Koenig, a journalist and producer at This American Life, hoping that she would bring possibly shed new light on the case. Koenig's investigation turned into Serial, the international phenomenon and Peabody Award-winning podcast. Adnan's Story reexamines the investigation that led to Adnan's arrest, covers new evidence and possibilities that have since come to light, reviews the court successes that have breathed new life to Adnan's case, and in this new edition, reveals how she achieved success in the courts when Adnan was granted a retrial in March 2018. Woven with personal reflections from Adnan himself, including new never-before-seen letters he penned from prison, this in-depth book offers new insight into the story that captivated millions."
Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Griffin, 2019.
Edition: First St. Martin's Griffin edition.
ISBN: 9781250146540
Branch Call Number: 364.152/3092 23
Characteristics: 416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 11, 2017

I'm probably one of the few people in North America who had never heard of this case nor the famous Serial podcast which accompanied it. But while leaving the library one day, I noticed this book on display and grabbed it - and am very glad that I did.

One wouldn't think that two 17 year-olds could have produced SO many conflicting incidents in one single day - as well as peers and family who took sides. So be forewarned that there are a "cast of thousands;" the distillation of an unbelievable number of "facts"; and a complex legal history - all of which resulted from the disappearance of a young American/Korean high school senior, & the indictment of her former boyfriend, an American/Pakistani. The cultural threads which the prosecution insisted in wrapping around this case is an education in and of itself, and its extreme tunnel-vision (likely bordering on lying and manufacturing non-existent evidence in the state's obsession to gain a conviction) is abundantly apparent. If you have any interest in the "true crime" genre & the struggle for justice, "Adnan's Story" will reveal a great deal about this contentious & multi-faceted case. While the author is admittedly & obviously biased, there is no mistaking the passion and conviction that she brings to the defence of her close friend, Adnan Syed.

BostonPL_LauraB Mar 05, 2017

Recommended only for people who loved Serial and want to get into the nitty-gritty and all the details of the case. I liked it as a whole for what it was!

Oct 14, 2016

I'd recommend it anyone who listened to and fascinated by Serial podcast Season 1. You will find more information about the investigation, and the ordeal the family went through.
Rabia Chaudry did a great job telling the story.


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