David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.
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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One of the Best
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.
I thought how David West was so well researched and his actions explained. Before and after the crime.
Yes, I have. I always enjoy his work. Always a high standard.
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).
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.
- in1ear (John Row)
Jack Olsen is an absolute master of true crime and goodness, this story was a doozy. This truly incredible tale follows the disturbed Cindy as she lies and manipulates her way towards an unspeakable act committed by a gullible man under her control. When I think about true crime I usually conjure up the image of a monster, an evil, emotionless monster who kills without hesitation or remorse. This story is different. The killer in this tale is someone who isn't evil or remorseless, he isn't a sociopath (in my non-doctor opinion). He is a man who is of below average intelligence and does what he sees is necessary to save the one he loves. A fascinating look into the minds of those who manipulate and those who are manipulated into committing murder. Kevin Pierce is unparalleled in his narration ability- he is the literal best I have ever heard. 10/10 would recommend this book to any true crime lovers!
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
- Tad B.