The Cyanide Canary

  • by Robert Dugoni, Joseph Hilldorfer
  • Narrated by Tom Perkins
  • 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Early in the morning on August 27, 1996, 20-year-old Scott Dominguez showed up for an ordinary day at the fertilizing plant where he worked. By 11:00 am, he was clinging to life, unconscious and suffocating from toxic exposure to cyanide in a tank that was supposed to contain only mud and water.
EPA Special Agent Joseph Hilldorfer was tasked with finding out what really happened on that horrific day in Soda Springs, Idaho, but the answers would not be easily uncovered. For more than four years, Hilldorfer, his partner Bob Wojnicz, and a force of top-ranking US attorneys struggled to expose the disturbing truths behind the tragedy, but would their efforts be enough to put the man responsible, Allan Elias, behind bars?

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What the Critics Say

"[An] electrically charged narrative...Top-notch nonfiction legal thriller, reminding readers of the baseline: 'This all comes down to one thing. It's all about money.'" (Kirkus)

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Audible Format Not Optimal For This Book

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There was too much detail- especially for an audiobook. Too many digressions from the main case, technical details, agencies, and people. I found myself getting lost and unable to focus on the narrative.


What other book might you compare The Cyanide Canary to and why?

I just listened to "The Devil in the Grove", a book about racial injustice in Florida in the 1940's. The main case was about 4 young Black men accused of raping a white woman, and how they were viciously framed and abused. Although this type of phenomenon was common, the author was able to both detail the historical context and characters' without constantly abandoning the main gut wrenching story. The Cyanide canary did not succeed in this way.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Tom Perkins?

No problem with narrator.


Could you see The Cyanide Canary being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It's a worthwhile story, but would need major editing.


Any additional comments?

A very important social justice story. Maybe better in book form.

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- H. Harmon

cyanide canary

This book is fascinating and was hard to not listen for hours and hours. Love the narrator. It really shows the behind lthe scenes look at what goes on in a courtroom. Will read more by this author.



























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- julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2017
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio