Note: Please note that this post, related to the podcast Untold, has brief mentions of potentially triggering topics such as murder.
My teacher talks about Untold: The Daniel Morgan Murder Podcast; once I listened to both seasons (over the course of three days approximately), I had to read the book.
By way of background: Daniel Morgan was a private investigator, who was murdered in the car park of a pub in London, in 1987. There was strong elements of corruption involved in the killing-enough so that there have been five investigations into the murder and circumstances surrounding it.
The book is written by Alastair Morgan (the brother of Daniel Morgan), and Peter Jukes, a journalist; the combination of the pair make for a formidable writing duo. Morgan deals with the emotional side of the story; after all, it is his story to tell, as well as that of his family. Jukes takes over the analytical side, the neutral journalist suggesting reasons, motives, etc. In this respect, it is like the podcast, however there is much more information up until a point. (The podcast partially continued after publication of the book, meaning that there are some parts of the story that are not in the book. However, my understanding is that there is a second edition to come.)
I also liked the division of the book; set into three sections, this format helps to make the complex threads of the story so much easier to understand.
The story is compelling; enjoyable is not the right word, as this is a very human tragedy. In terms of character, I admire Morgan’s strength of personality. The continuation of the story seems a lot to bear, and yet… how does he keep going?
My favourite part of this book is the section dedicated to the conduct of the Press, as it coincided with the Phone Hacking Scandal, partly. It’s revelations like what the book contains that make feel ashamed to be a trainee journalist; what was done, ostensibly in the name of ‘getting a good story’, is disgusting.
I would have like it more if there was the occasional reference to who people are; there is a list in the book, with names, etc, however this does not necessarily ‘click’ with my understanding of who the cast is. There are so many people involved, enough so the book can be a little bit confusing; perseverance is needed at times. However, this is not the fault of the authors; they are telling the story in the best way possible.
If you like a crime story, or are the more idealistic kind of person who wishes to change the world, then this is the book for you. We should be angry about the contents of this book, and the events that unfolded.
Note: I had to keep a few details vague, as well as private.