The Fact of a Body

  • by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • Narrated by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
  • 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, working on the retrial defence of death-row convicted murderer and child molester Ricky Langley, she thinks her position is clear. The child of two lawyers, she is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment Ricky's face flashes on the screen as she reviews old tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.
Crime, even the darkest and most unspeakable acts, can happen to any one of us, and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky's childhood. And by examining minute details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.
As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated and powerful than we could ever imagine.


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Interesting written

I enjoyed the book as it drew me in, it was written without sensation or drama in that it handled very difficult topics in such a way I felt the author was trying throughout to be evenhanded but detached, but recognised only too well the horror in the crimes but showed an understanding - my first rating so shown my liking of the book but room to like more!! This book is thought provoking
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Don't get it for the true crime/justice element

Beware: this is at least as much this woman's outpourings about childhood events as it is about the case. I'm not sure the publicity makes that clear. If you want the author's potted autobiography, great; it's for you. I grew bored of her self-absorption halfway through and had to return book.
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- AnnieJuly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2017
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio