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It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows. But the families of the confessed murderers hired Clarence Darrow, entrusting the lives of their sons to the most famous lawyer in America in what would be one of the most sensational criminal trials in the history of American justice.
Set against the backdrop of the 1920s - a time of prosperity, self-indulgence, and hedonistic excess in a lawless city on the brink of anarchy - For the Thrill of It draws the listener into a world of speakeasies and flappers, of gangsters and gin parties, with a spellbinding narrative of Jazz Age murder and mystery.
©2008 Simon Baatz (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne Ashley on 05-05-17


I couldn't stop listening to the story. I knew of the incident/case but this is brilliant!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Will on 03-18-18

Perfect in (almost) every way

This book is a meticulously crafted recounting of the Leopold and Loeb case, something I have been fascinated with ever since my introduction to the true crime genre. The attention to detail is fantastic without losing the reader in minutia. It is just plain well written.
The only reason I didn't hit the golden buzzer is because ... the ... narrator ... insists ... on ... reading ... it ... with ... each ... word ... carefully ... and ... slowly ... pronounced, ... as ... if ... he's ... reading ... at ... a ... public ... library ... to ... a ... group ... of ... immigrants ... barely ... able ... to ... comprehend ... basic ... English. The audio producers probably could have shaved two hours off the run time if he had just spoken normally.
Oh well. It's still worth it. It took about an hour for it not to really bother me. If you are really interested in this book my advice is to just push through until you don't notice it.
Otherwise, it's one of my faves.

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