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.
©2016 Steve Jackson (P)2016 WildBlue Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By CTA on 05-06-17

Well researched, written and read

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

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By Keith Rooney on 29-06-16

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Douglas on 01-07-16

Chilling And Concise...

tale of a cold blooded rapist and killer whose best weapons were a silver tongue and a slick manner. A good read for true crime fans

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3 out of 5 stars
By bebe on 04-08-17

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This was interesting but it could have been so much better if there had been more information. I would have liked to know more about the serial killer - what is his personal/family background? Would love to have more information about the victims, similar to the way Jack Olsen told his stories.

Kevin Pierce helps save the day. He is a fantastic performer and makes books even more interesting than they would be if I read them myself. I love his tone of voice, the emotion he puts into the characters and his rhythm. I sign when I hear his voice because I know it is going to be a good listen.

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