An Interrogation

Friday, April 12 is release day for Mark Bowden’s true crime book, The Last Stone. You can order it now through the Web Store. Bowden was a cub reporter in Baltimore when the case started in 1975. All these years later, he can tell the ending.

Here’s the summary of The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation.

On March 29, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, age 10 and 12, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, D.C. As shock spread, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing. The investigation was shelved, and mystery endured. Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. It pointed them toward a man named Lloyd Welch, then serving time for child molestation in Delaware.

As a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper, Mark Bowden covered the frantic first weeks of the story. InThe Last Stone, he returns to write its ending. Over months of intense questioning and extensive investigation of Welch’s sprawling, sinister Appalachian clan, five skilled detectives learned to sift truth from determined lies. How do you get a compulsive liar with every reason in the world to lie to tell the truth?The Last Stone recounts a masterpiece of criminal interrogation, and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind.


Are you hooked yet? For more background, check out Robert Kolker’s review of The Last Stone. It appears in The New York Times as “The Cracking of a Cold, Cold Case”.