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A Checklist for Murder Audiobook

A Checklist for Murder: The True Story of Robert John Peernock

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Peernock appeared to have the ideal life; working as a pyrotechnics engineer and computer expert and coming home to his wife and daughter, he projected the American dream. Even when he and his wife separated, it seemed amicable, just a small bump for the well-to-do family. But there was madness in his house: in private, Peernock was violent, subtly manipulative, and bordering on psychotic. But the horrifying details of his home life would only come to light after Peernock finally lost all control.

Peernock had come home, brutally beaten both his wife and daughter, force-fed them alcohol, and deliberately sent them to their deaths behind the wheel, staging it to look like a drunk driving accident. He didn't foresee that his daughter would survive, and even with years of abuse, her attempted murder, and horrendous injuries, he never anticipated that she would speak so powerfully against him.

Here, New York Times best-selling author Anthony Flacco chronicles the sensational trial and all the terror that preceded it, looking deep into the mind of a deranged killer whose American dream was a waking nightmare for those trapped within it.

©2015 Anthony Flacco (P)2015 Tantor

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    Donna Seidel Topeka, Ks, US 12-11-15
    Donna Seidel Topeka, Ks, US 12-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Riveting"

    The first part of the book details the crimes and the horror the murderer's daughter lived through. Then the author whisks us on a non-stop roller coaster ride wih police and lawyers fighting to get this man in prison. This author builds suspense so well I was glued to my Android until the end. No dry coutt ramblings....riveting.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christine 01-07-16
    Christine 01-07-16
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    "Ehhhhhhh"

    The overall book was OK. He is a decent author, however my opinion is he is a terrible narrator. I would have preferred someone like Kevin Pearce being the narrator

    99.9% of the time I "read" these types of books, this one wasn't one of my favorites. Not even in the top 10.

    It was okay...it just felt like it lacked something. I kept having to rewind because I lost interest so many times.

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    Matthew Coppins 12-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Shocking crime, courageous survivor"

    Outstanding true crime book, maybe the best I've read. Narrator was really good but mouth noises need to stop.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Galadriel 01-05-16
    Galadriel 01-05-16 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "True crime, well done"
    Any additional comments?

    It's not so easy to find well written true crime books these days, and this was thoughtfully handled. I've known one or two sociopaths in my time, (not murderous ones, but destructive enough) and I suppose I read these books so I remember to steer clear of the red flags. This is a terribly dark story of survival, very well researched. The author is a surprisingly good reader - just animated enough to give importance to the right passages, lending the subject matter plenty of humanity without either going over the top or being boring. Worth the credit.

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    Shannypoo 12-21-15
    Shannypoo 12-21-15
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    "A Checklist for Murder"

    This was a very good book. Although, a little drawn out it was very good until the end. The author/narrator was excellent. Very dark and eerie story, this one... So sad for the family.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 12-29-15
    Carol Belle river, ON, Canada 12-29-15 Member Since 2015

    Love books, listen to 3-4 books a week, thriller and true crimes favorite.

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    "This could have been much better. "

    The way this story is told is not to my likings and not a normal true crime typical narrative. It's almost told as a story, the author putting his own creative writing in the events. Events of the true story become a bit fictional almost, I wasn't sure I was reading a true crime at times.

    The author isn't awful as a narrator, but I felt he was reading as if his audience was under 16, if not younger.

    PS. my dominate true crime authors are, Olsen, Rule.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    nakyia whitty 12-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting read."

    The book was interesting. I really got into it and the fact that is based off of true events makes it all the more interesting. I enjoyed it.

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    Paul 01-08-16
    Paul 01-08-16

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    "Murderous Narcissism"

    Pretty good story. Flacco spins an interesting narrative of the gruesome events as they unfolded that day and night. Even more horrifying is Peernock's methodical preparation for the murders. The man is a pit bull.
    Flacco's narration is somewhat overwrought at times, occasionally irritating in his rendering of the back-and-forth whiny dialogue between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 01-02-16
    Wildirishman64 Richmond KY 01-02-16

    I'm Irish and proud of it! Father of three beautiful girls, USAF veteran, 25 years in Social Services! Carpe Diem

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    "A Sinister and Vile Man!"
    Where does A Checklist for Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is almost certainly in my Top 3, from the first page it was totally captivating.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, This criminal was intelligent and understands legal issues in order to manipulate and control the direction of the police investigation.


    What does Anthony Flacco bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Flacco does a good job of conveying emtion


    If you could give A Checklist for Murder a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I can't think of one at this time


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-16
    Teadrinker Newark, NJ, United States 08-17-16 Member Since 2015

    World Champion Parallel Parker

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    "Excellent Storytelling"

    How do you catch someone as slick and as violent as Peernock? It seems, throughout the book, that it is impossible, no matter how many run-ins he has with the law. It's great to read about justice being done.

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