Bloody Lies

  • by John Ferak
  • Narrated by Rich Grimshaw
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland's most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational front-page headlines and drew immediate statewide attention. Practically everybody around Murdock was filled with fear, panic, and outrage. Who killed Wayne and Sharmon Stock? What was the motive? The Stocks were the essence of Nebraska's all-American farm family - self-made, God-fearing, and of high moral character. Barely a week into this double murder investigation, two arrests brought a sense of relief to the victims' family and to local residents. The case appeared to fall neatly into place when a tiny speck of murder victim Wayne Stock's blood appeared in the alleged getaway car.
Then an obscure clue left at the crime scene took the investigation down a totally different path, stretching into Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. By the time this investigation was over, the charges against the original suspects were dismissed, and two new individuals emerged from the shadows.
Over the next few years, the astonishing bloody lies were revealed, culminating in a law enforcement scandal that turned the case on its head and destroyed the career of Nebraska's celebrated CSI director, David Kofoed. The book is published by The Kent State University Press.


What the Critics Say

"Ferak's detailing of the Stock murders and their aftermath is both captivating and painfully suspenseful."( Prose 'n Cons Mystery Magazine)
"One of the best true crime books of the year." (Steve Jackson, best-selling author of Bogeman)
"This is a first class fact-crime page-turner." (Burl Barer, Edgar Award winner, author of Man Overboard)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


Would you try another book from John Ferak and/or Rich Grimshaw?

I don't know. I'm not sure what else he has written that might interest me. I love true crime, but this was REALLY laborious to listen to. I didn't even finish it.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ferak again?


How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't. The narrator was great.

What character would you cut from Bloody Lies?

The entire 2nd half of the book that focused on the corrupt CSI examiner.

Any additional comments?

I really am happy with Audible, and love documentaries, particularly true crime, but the last few I read have been disappointing.

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- Karon Jackson

A story that disturbs, yet, you relish in each twist.

John Ferak weaves a tale of crime and its investigation, of bad guys and good cops, good guys and bad cops, and how easily things can go very, very wrong. I found myself compelled to postpone other tasks so I could listen to Rich Grimshaw's rich baritone as he led me through this story. CSI fans will love this work. Highly recommended!
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- Ray McCurdy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-22-2015
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks