On any Sunday morning in the Florida Redlands, Dee Casteel might have served you pancakes at the IHOP.
She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress, one of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. She was also a three-bottle-a-day alcoholic, hopelessly in love with the IHOP's manager, Allen Bryant. Bryant wanted his live-in lover, IHOP owner Art Venecia, dead. And Dee Casteel helped him to arrange it.
After Venecia's murder, Dee and Bryant moved into his house, forged checks, spent his money, and embezzled from the IHOP to buy gifts for Bryant's boyfriends. But there was an even more gruesome killing to come.
Without Mercy is an engrossing, bizarre true story that traces the twisted path to a loathsome crime. But it is also the story of middle-class citizens gone wrong, of an almost-perfect murder, the traumas of alcoholism, and a legal system that can be deadly in itself. Dee Casteel was an ordinary woman - who now stands convicted of one of the most cold-blooded crimes of this century.
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Yes. This is very sad story about murder. I felt as much compassion for Dee as I did for the victims. The story moves quickly with in depth character development that adds greatly to the story and the reasons for the actions by the main character, Dee Casteel.
It gave new insight into the tragedy of alcoholism and the way in which it can totally change a persons personality and moral decisions. It brings down barriers that affect judgment and lead to horrors. This is what makes the main character, in my opinion, deserving of understanding and compassion. Her final plea to her daughter, Susan, to tell the truth and thereby seal Dee's fate shows the changes in Dee after her abstinence from alcohol during her time in jail prior to her sentencing.
Kevin Pierce is a very accomplished narrator. He gives feeling to the stories he narrates without being over emotional or theatrical. Pierce is engaging and definitely adds to the story telling.
Yes, however it took me two sittings because of work. I will more than likely listen to this again
This audible book was generously given to me at no cost for my candid and unbiased review.
- Judah's Darling
GREAT book within the True Crime genre