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Publisher's Summary

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.
Reconstructing the investigation - from records of violence in Gacy's past, to the gruesome discovery of 29 corpses of abused boys in Gacy's crawlspace and four others found in the nearby river - Sullivan's shocking eyewitness account takes you where few true crime books ever go: inside the heart of a serial murder investigation and trial.
©2013 Terry Sullivan with Peter T. Maiken (P)2017 Tantor
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"Gripping." ( Publishers Weekly)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

I always enjoyed true crime stories. I can’t believe any person could do what John Wayne Gacy did. Parts of this book made me sick. I think it is so graphic many listeners will need a strong stomach to get through the entire listen. I tried to feel sorry for this monster but I couldn’t. Even though I don’t believe in the death penily if ever there was one person that deserved death Gacey would be the one. He had to be mentally ill to Carry out these disgusting crimes. GREAT STORY WITH NO DETAIL LEFT OUT. If you haven’t listened to KILLER CLOWN use a credit. It was as great as STRANGER BESIDE ME and HELTER SKELTER. I lived in Chicago during John Wayne Gacy’s reign of terror and remember all the national news coverage that took place after he was apprehended.
Thanks for reading my review. Steve

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2 out of 5 stars
By JayJay on 02-20-18

Needed An Editor

Gacy is as terrifying a serial killer as there’s been, but this book is mostly about cops following him around. They follow him up and down the road, they follow him into bars, they follow him into restaurants. This cycle goes on to the extent I thought the Audible app was replaying sections I’d already heard- it wasn’t, the book is just that repetitive. You could skip chapters 3 thru 10 or so and miss absolutely nothing.

I found the narrator very enjoyable- his voice sounds like a cross between Paul Harvey and Dennis Farina. However, a solid narrator cannot save this intolerably boring book.

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