David Casavis’s book, “The Thomas Carroll Affair” is not only nonsense, but deservers the fiercest condemnation from reviewers and especially the Guyanese people that David Casavis thinks are fools. My advice to everyone who comes into contact with this book – do not buy it. This book isn’t worth the paper it is printed on. I told my editor, Adam Harris, that had I paid $4000 for it then opened it to find the foolishness it contains, I would have committed suicide.
If Thomas Carroll was a deceptive person so is Casavis. You wonder if Casavis wrote this book to put on his CV for a job he is applying for. In this context, Casavis is self-destructive. One glance at the book and you can tell that Casavis cannot write a proper essay much less research a criminal case in any part of the world.
The Thomas Carroll Affair is about the affairs not of Carroll, but the author himself, who tries to fool the Guyanese people. The publication is poorly written, lacks semantic stability, rambles all over the place meaninglessly and is completely, I repeat, completely, devoid of research efforts.
Never have I seen a book on a situation that occurred in Guyana that is so badly written and uninformative. It is possible that Casavis wrote this thing on the advice of the notorious, bogus pollster.
The real story of what Thomas Carroll did in Guyana is contained in Carroll’s cooperation statement with the district attorney. He told everything as part of plea bargaining. His account was so sickening that the district attorney couldn’t go below twenty-five years. But on appeal it was reduced to fifteen because the judge felt that Carroll told it all and his confession should have brought a lighter sentence.
What Carroll told the district attorney about his cowboy adventures in Guyana is completely blanked out by Casavis who had the nerve to title his book, The Thomas Carroll Affair. What affair? The affair is not described in Casavis’s publication. Carroll named names in his cooperation statement so we know who benefited from his transactions. I will not name the business companies that Carroll cited for fear of libel. Even though their identities appear on a court document it will not prevent these people from filing libel papers. I simply don’t have time to be running to the courts for stupid reasons. But I am quite prepared to share Carroll’s confession with readers if they contact me. You can photocopy it
If you are looking for a detailed description of what Carroll did in Guyana then go to the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News for that period and check the court documents too. They will enlighten you on things Casavis does not know about and perhaps didn’t care to know about when he was writing his book.
I detect large chunks of dishonest journalism in Casavis’s publication, apart from vast examples of incompetence. The book is 253 pages, of which almost a hundred pages are devoted to irrelevant topics. For example, there is a section that tells you who CN Sharma is. And after you read it you would think it would naturally flow into another section where it becomes relevant. This is a weakness that appears throughout the book.
After each chapter, Casavis has an acknowledgement page (not footnotes; Casavis doesn’t deal with footnotes at all) which contains interviews with certain individuals. But in the chapters themselves there are no connecting threads. In other words there is nothing in the chapter that tells you what the interview was all about.
My honest opinion is that Casavis just stuck in those names to make it appear that he did interview those persons.
The stupidest part of the book is in the last few pages where he has a list (not glossary, glossary is too decent a word to use) of names he mentioned in the body of his work. But when your curiosity is aroused to know who these people are, all Casavis will tell you is that it was a person he met.
Let me give you an example. He mentioned Donna Dos Santos who helped Carroll to get money out of Guyana. Then when you go to the page to see who Dos Santos is, Casavis just stated it was a woman wanted for questioning by the police. It is silly as that. Carroll’s confession statement tells you who Dos Santos was in Guyana.
I close by asking David Casavis if he can tell us which universities he attended and what year he graduated. I want to research his academic profile because I have my doubts.
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