Juice: The O.J. Simpson Tragedy
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.” Juice: B+