A Deadly Secret

  • by Matt Birkbeck
  • Narrated by David H. Lawrence XVII
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The recent arrest in New Orleans and the HBO documentary The Jinx have put Robert Durst back in the headlines. Here, from the first reporter to access Durst's NYPD files, is the authoritative account of a decades-long criminal odyssey - the very book found in Durst's own apartment when it was searched by police.
When medical student Kathie Durst vanished in 1982, she was married to Robert Durst, son of a New York real estate magnate. Kathie's friends had reason to implicate her husband. They told police that Kathie lived in terror of Robert and that she had uncovered incriminating financial evidence about him. But Durst's secrets went even deeper. For decades Kathie's disappearance remained a mystery.
Then in 2001, Durst, an heir to an empire valued at two billion dollars, was arrested for shoplifting in Pennsylvania. When the police brought him in, they discovered that he was a suspect in the murder of Texas drifter Morris Black, whose dismembered remains were found floating in Galveston Bay, and that Durst was also wanted for questioning in the killing of his friend, Susan Burman, in Los Angeles.
Based on interviews with family, friends, and acquaintances of Durst, law enforcement, and others involved in the case, A Deadly Secret is a cross-country odyssey of stolen IDs and multiple identities that raises baffling questions about one of the country's most prominent families - and one of its most elusive suspected killers.


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Tour-de-force of Crime without Punishment

True-crime stories most frequently end the with criminal caught and on trial or in jail. In this case, each time Durst is caught he gets away, over and over - he bought justice, and not at Walmart.

On the brighter side, the author did a great job. The cast of supporting characters, including the media itself, is a comic relief. The weeping "best friend" who tries to sell her story . . . the Westchester "DA," hogging the camera . . . the cocaine-fueled 1980s partying . . . all very entertaining. The author did a good job of telling everyone's stories from their point of view while they held the stage. The narrator (17th?) also did an excellent job, creating different voices for the characters. The whole is a tour-de-force of crime without punishment - for the criminal, anyway.
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- Teadrinker "World Champion Parallel Parker"

Intriguing story! Engaging narration!

I am new to Audible and was hooked from the start of this incredible story read by David Lawrence. I couldn't put the book down it was so masterfully told!
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- Amanda L. Serra

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-21-2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio