Under the Knife by Diane Fanning – A True Crime Book Review

Dean Faiello had built a thriving beauty business. He was handsome, charming, and a fixture on the New York City club scene, but money was never enough for Dean Faiello. So he decided to work as a cosmetic surgeon, even though he had no medical degree, or any training for that matter. In the spring […]



Dean Faiello had built a thriving beauty business. He was handsome, charming, and a fixture on the New York City club scene, but money was never enough for Dean Faiello. So he decided to work as a cosmetic surgeon, even though he had no medical degree, or any training for that matter. In the spring of 2003, a beautiful, successful woman named Maria Cruz went to Doctor Faiello for a relatively simple cosmetic procedure and died while under his care. Faiello allegedly buried her corpse beneath a concrete slab at his Newark, New Jersey home and then went on the run.

This is about Dean Faiello who pretended to be a doctor and performed laser surgery. One of his patients, Maria Cruz, had an adverse reaction to an anaesthetic he used and because Dean Faiello was already under investigation for performing medical duties without a medical license, he decided not to take her to hospital and she died instead. This is especially tragic as her reaction to the drug could have been treated easily if Dean had been a doctor.

The story outlines Dean Faiello’s life as a gay, charming and handsome man and his relationships throughout his life until he was extradited from Costa Rica to stand trial in the USA for the murder of Maria Cruz.

I can usually work out how good a book is by how long I take to read it. If a book is really good I take half a day to finish it. Some books I do not even finish but I must say with true crime books this rarely happens. This book took me 3 days. I think it is well written. This is also the first book that I read that is written by Diane Fanning. I saw her website and promptly ordered 6 of her books. I personally prefer female authors so I decided to check out her style of writing. Not bad. I will read a few more of her books before I make my final decision.

The book goes into the history of Dean Faiello by delving into his early childhood up until the time of the murder. Diane Fanning provides insight into all of his relationships including his adult relationships in order to provide the reader with an idea of the kind of man that Dean Faiello was and succeeds in doing this very well. The book is easy reading and flows effortlessly. I was especially interested in the fact that he had an absent father as I analyze these true crime stories endlessly. I believe that this fact was a major contributor to his later criminal behavior.

If you enjoy reading true crime stories the web is an excellent spot to get up to date.

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