Smooth Talker: Trail of Death

  • by Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by Kevin Pierce
  • 4 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One morning in July 1974, Anita Andrews, the owner and bartender at Fagiani's Cocktail Lounge in Napa, California was found dead in her bar - raped, beaten, and stabbed to death in a bloody frenzy. She'd last been seen alive the night before talking to a drifter who sat at the end of the bar, playing cards and flirting with her. But the stranger, along with Anita's Cadillac, had disappeared. Unable to locate a suspect, police investigators sadly watched the case grow cold over the years.
Meanwhile, a month after Anita's murder, young Michele Wallace was driving down a road in the mountains near Crested Butte, Colorado, when she gave two stranded motorists, Chuck Matthews and a man named Roy, a ride. Dropping Matthews off at a bar in Gunnison, she agreed to take Roy to his truck. She was never seen alive again, nor could a massive search of the mountains locate her remains. The trail leading to her killer also ran into dead-ends.
Fourteen years later, Charlotte Sauerwin, engaged to be married, met a smooth-talking man at a laundromat in Livingston Parish, Louisiana. The next evening, her body was found in the woods; she'd been raped, tortured, and her throat slashed. The police suspected her fiance, Vince LeJeune, though he proclaimed his innocence to anyone who would listen. Meanwhile, the man from the laundromat couldn't be located. The three murders would remain unsolved, eating at the hearts, minds and lives of the women's families, friends and communities.
Then in the early 1990s, a rookie Gunnison County sheriff's investigator named Kathy Young began looking into the Wallace case and identified a suspect named Roy Melanson, a serial rapist from Texas.
Smooth Talker is the story of Melanson, his depredations, and the intrepid police work that went into bringing him to justice.

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Well researched, written and read

Great book that focuses on the victims and police investigators bringing this monster to justice.
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- CTA

Engrossing story of missed chances

Horrifying story of how just one person can destroy so many lives without seemingly any consequences for so long. I thought the length was perfect, and I rarely find the narration matches the story as perfect as it was in this book, the voice was pitch perfect for the gruesome details conveyed. Fantastic book.
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- Keith Rooney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2016
  • Publisher: WildBlue Press