On December 26, 1997, near the affluent community of Bainbridge Island off the coast of Seattle, a house went up in flames. In it was the shy, beloved minister's wife, Dawn Hacheney. When the fire was extinguished, investigators found only her charred remains. Her husband, Nick, was visibly devastated by the loss. What investigators failed to note, however, was that Dawn's lungs didn't contain smoke. Was she dead before the fire began?
So begins this true-crime story, which is unlike any other. It investigates Nick Hacheney, a philandering minister who had been carrying on with several women in the months before and just after his wife's death. He would be convicted for the murder five years to the day after the crime. From one of the foremost names in true crime, this is a gripping and truly unforgettable story of a man whose charisma and desire rocked an entire community.
©2010 Gregg Olsen (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
“Olsen is a top-notch writer.” (Michael Connelly)
Boring story about a boring man and the gullible or egotistical people around him. This is a story about miserable people lacking common sense allowing a group of putzes to lead them astray despite the pull of their intuition. Couldn't even finish it.
I liked this book and I really enjoyed Dennis Boutsikaris' performance. However, I thought the "third book" should have been drawn out a bit more. There was so much time spent going into how Nick Hacheney got his claws into so many of the church women and how the events after his wife's death unfolded but then it seemed like the author lost interest once Nick's schemes began to unravel and wrapped the book up too quickly.
I would have liked it more if the author have delved into the investigation and trial instead of just giving us a perfunctory epilogue.
My heart goes out to Jimmy Glass though. After poor Dawn Hacheney he really got put through the wringer and deserved much better than what he got from his so called family and friends.
Say something about yourself!
I must say, I enjoyed this book. Sad to say that because a woman was murdered. What I mean was I am fascinated that people behave in such awful ways. Yes, some of them were incredibly stupid. Others were vain. While it was hard believe real people could be so ridiculous, the author made it all work in my mind. I found this one compelling for that reason. Sad but true.
"Great, fascinating story"
I've listened to this time and time again. Its a story of how a community can be twisted by one man who is a plauseable devil. The effect that he has on many others, he not only destroys the life of his wife, but he nearly destroys the lives of those around him. The lesson - we must hold all those people to account, even those that say they have 'the truth'.
I was interested enough to research this case after listening to Gregg's story - so a great yarn, well told and with the right outcome eventually.
I recommend it to people who are interested in crime and the human condition.
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