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Former social worker S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of 15-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds' Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass - founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm - Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case. As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades. She talks to the victims. A picture begins to form. Patterns appear. And all evidence points to one man: convicted sex offender Larry Lee Smith. As a result of Reynolds' efforts, the Knoxville Police Department reopens the cold case of Michelle's disappearance, but Larry Lee is about to be released from a Georgia prison, where he served time for a related crime - a "similar transaction." What transpires in this story is amazing.
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By Joan on 09-10-16
An Engrossing and Frightening Listen
A not particularly bright and less than methodical predator--despite a few prison terms-- manages to victimize multiple young women over several decades. "Similar Transactions" combines the story of the serial rapist's "career," with that of a devastated family struggling, first, to find out what happened to their missing daughter, and then, when their worst fears are realized, to find justice. The narrator, Linda Kimbrough, is perfect--mixing the appropriate reportorial style with just the right amount of characterization in the participants' dialogue.
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