No scandal should be without one. On the other hand, three instant books on the rise and fall of O.J. Simpson might be overdoing it.
You can skip Marc Cerasini’s tongue-tied O.J. Simpson: American Hero, American Tragedy, which was first to hit the racks. It shows. Alone of the three bios, Cerasini’s suggests murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were lovers — but offers no quotes to back it up.
Far better written, Don Davis’ Fallen Hero: The Shocking True Story Behind the O.J. Simpson Tragedy explains the friction between impatient cops and the plodding district attorney’s office — hence the leaks to the media prior to O.J.’s arrest. It also highlights apparent blunders by Simpson’s lawyers — like broadcasting their client’s alibi before he was charged.
For sheer gossip value, neither book can beat Juice: The O.J. Simpson Tragedy, by Larry Browne and Paul Francis of the supermarket tabloid Globe, who claim O.J.’s father was gay — a source of shame to the football hero while he was growing up — and died of AIDS, and that Nicole liked to get drunk and ”press all of O.J.’s buttons.” Fallen Hero: B+