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Publisher's Summary

On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified - until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.
Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning....
©2010 Gregg Olsen (P)2002 Gregg Olsen
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"A riveting and deeply disturbing chronicle of true crime. Olsen has done a superior job." ( Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Eagle's on 02-08-12

YUK, Don't waste your time or your money!!

What would have made Abandoned Prayers better?

I spent years as a cop and don't consider myself a prude, but this book was one I could barely get through, more about his sex life than a crime book. I also listened to Starvation Heights by the same author and it was alright. This book was just way too much even for a person who spent a life time in law enforcement. I am amazed that anyone gave this book higher ratings.

Has Abandoned Prayers turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I would never let one book or even author sour me on other books or authors. However I do have another crime book in my library that tells a terrible story, (beyond bad), hopefully it will be told in such a manner to not totally turn off the listener.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was ok, it's just too bad what he had to work with.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Honestly... none that I can think of, it was just way to much after listening for just a short time I would want to turn it off. I kept listening thinking maybe it would get better, but no such luck.

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3 out of 5 stars
By PJ on 11-03-11

Interesting story, but confusing

The story was interesting, but it was so complex with so many different characters, I had trouble keeping track of who was who and what their role was in the story. It was a true story, so it is what it is, but I can't help thinking that some of this could have been edited down to make for a better flow. I was not put off by the sexual detail as I think this was central to the main character. The performance was solid. It was worth a listen, but not something I'm going to tell everyone they need to hear or read.

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2 out of 5 stars
By carly on 11-09-17

Little bit disappointing

I don’t like to be critical when I write reviews , but I found myself quite disappointed. It may be due to the year the book was written or the way the world was back then but I found there was a lot of unnecessary details about what kind of sex everyone was having. I understand the fact the main character Is gay and the conflict with the religious upbringing and society at the time, I just found it wasn’t needed to hear all the detail about what sexual toys they used or what kind of sex they had - it was almost like it was implied that because he was gay and enjoyed certain experiences that must contribute to the fact he was a murderer. I understand also the need to talk about people in his life and their experiences but again I found it very focused on sex and that when they were referring to a person in the book it was his “gay friend “ and having “gay sex “, the word gay seemed to be thrown around a lot. I don’t feel i have a lot of insight into the character or what he did or why, His relationship with his son, and maybe those things are unknown. But I just felt there was a lot of useless info there and it was hard to make a pictie of the character or events. Only my perspective and others may differ.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Madison on 06-17-16

Hard to get into to

Maybe this book just wasn't for me, I normally love true crime books but I found this hard to get into as it dragged on more about Amish culture at the beginning then the case of the murdered boy. Overall it was ok but not one I would ever listen to again.

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