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This is not a pleasant story, telling, as it does, a tale of one man's depravity, seeing everything only in terms of his own desires without interest in the feelings of others in any way - unless it is how to manipulate them to his own advantage. Even his parents were seen only as a possible source of capital. And the most terrifying aspect is that this is a true story.In July, 1984, the half naked body of a young business woman was discovered in room 305 of an Oregano hotel room by the maid who came to clean. This book tells of the investigation to find the killer and the intensive interviewing and searches made to acquire enough evidence to gain a conviction. It is a thorough recounting of the police procedures and the many people who were discovered along the route to prosecution who had been involved with the victim and her husband.
The book is meticulous in it's detailed, but never boring, coverage and, similarly, J. Scott Bennett's narration is clear, perfectly paced and unemotional as befits the text of the book. His dramatisation of the dialogue, especially during the coverage of the trial itself, is superb: with such a miriad of players it would be easy to get muddled, but the voices given to each are distinctive and felt as if they did, indeed, fit the persons described. An excellent performance throughout.
It is difficult not to get emotionally involved in this book which is astonishing in it's story of inhumanity. So it would be incorrect to say that this was an enjoyable Audiobook in the accepted sense. But it was fascinating, horrifying, provoking sorrow and anger until final retribution. And it is a book I am so glad I did not miss. My thanks to J.Scott Bennett who generously gifted me a copy when I requested it. The true crime genre is not one I have previously followed but I will certainly be looking out for others by Mr.King whose presentation of the facts was often more enthralling than fiction.
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I found the first part a bit slow, but the compelling main character kept me listening and well before halfway I was itching to find out what was going to happen to the characters. Kept me on the edge up to the end.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, it was a quick (even though it was 7+ hours!) and interesting listen. I also love that it documents events that are not easy to find details of on the internet.
What did you like best about this story?
The characters and the pace were perfect. There wasn't too much background story for many of the characters, which (I love when it comes to Jack Olsen's books, but) worked well for this story because it felt like you were experiencing things in the same way that the case was originally unfolded.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful