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After weeks of planning, the young misfits from two fine old Texas families donned grotesque battle gear and crept into the luxurious home where Cindy Ray's parents lay asleep with her two small sons. In the hot muggy room, the "cold kill" was over in seconds.
Everyone who knew the unpredictable Cindy suspected that she was involved, but the ghastly crime had been so carefully orchestrated that Houston's top homicide detectives could get nowhere. Cindy wore black and sobbed at the funeral, then began a frenzied attempt to collect her inheritance and as many of her wealthy parents possessions as she could haul away. No one except David West was surprised when she walked out on him.
Then the story took another bizarre turn. In a final bid to solve the case, a seductive young private investigator was assigned to cozy up to West. Soon the gullible killer was in love, once again with fateful consequences.
Traditionally, true-crime drama illuminates the sinister motivations in the human psyche. Yet Cold Kill reveals something still more frightful - unspeakable murders are committed, not out of greed, revenge, or blind demented rage, but out of a troubled young man's tragically misconceived code of honor and a desperate need to please and protect the woman of his dreams.
Jack Olsen's Cold Kill is a stunning testament to the profoundly discerning eye of a grand master of true crime. To listen to Cold Kill is not to forgive David West. It is, however, to undergo the uncanny experience of feeling oneself slowly but surely moving into the shoes of a pathological killer.
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By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17
If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!
Although this is a murder/crime story, the main focus is on one CA-RAAZY girl (Cindy Ray) who somehow manages to easily persuade others into believing her wild claims of abuse, neglect, incest, and being horribly taken advantage of by EVERYONE she comes into contact with! She uses this method as her sole means of financial support, favors, and housing - moving from one person to the next ...and playing on their sympathy for her. What a manipulator! She was believable enough that it even took ME a while to realize that what she was saying was not true.
When she meets David, her newest boyfriend, he like many others, buys into all her nonsense, and thus becomes more than willing to "save" her. She works on him to the point of eventually coaxing him into a murder plan; by convincing him that her mother and sisters often beat and torture her, her father is an incestuous rapist, and that she will be able to finally move on from all this never ending trauma "they put her through" once the parents are eliminated. And then afterwards of course, her and David will have the bestest sex life ever she promises. Since David already has a pre-existing aggressive personality, he is instantly able to get into defending his lover no matter what it takes. If Cindy is happy, then he will be too.
You will want to reach through the screen and slap Miss Cindy...Lol. Not kidding. We have all met nutty people before, but this girl does it with such drama! And although we are expected to detest the murderer, you will probably find yourself hating the REAL instigator instead.
I thoroughly enjoy how Kevin Pierce (narrator) expresses each characters emotional state as he delivers their private thoughts and conversations - it was VERY well done! Rather than trying to mimic actual voices as some narrators do (which can be painfully annoying), Kevin just has a naturally smooth style and flow conveying each personality type without having to resort to that. *insert loud applause roar here*
Like other Jack Olsen books, its also sprinkled with humorous details and scene descriptions :-) which I personally love. This audiobook was provided to me at no cost by the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review. It was truly my pleasure, and very easy for me to say "I LOVED THIS!!".
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By in1ear (John Row) on 02-09-17
One of the Best
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! One of the Best... True Crime Writers - the late Jack Olsen. One of the Best - voice talents - Kevin Pierce. One of the oddest story of a criminal couple.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Kill?
I thought how David West was so well researched and his actions explained. Before and after the crime.
Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes, I have. I always enjoy his work. Always a high standard.
What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?
I'm always searching for what motivates people in the violent acts they do. Cold Kill was very in depth in that regard. I read many True Crime books. This gave insight (if there is any sane insight to these acts).
Any additional comments?
The publisher's summary "To listen to Cold Kill is not to forgive David West. " is appropriate. Understand him maybe. Forgive, no.
I'm impressed with both the body of the work, but also with Mr. Pierce's exceptional performance.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.
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