On Christmas Eve in 1985, a hunter found a young boy's body along an icy corn field in Nebraska. The residents of Chester, Nebraska, buried him as "Little Boy Blue", unclaimed and unidentified - until a phone call from Ohio two years later led authorities to Eli Stutzman, the boy's father.
Eli Stutzman, the son of an Amish bishop, was by all appearances a dedicated farmer and family man in the country's strictest religious sect. But behind his quiet façade was a man involved with pornography, sadomasochism, and drugs. After the suspicious death of his pregnant wife, Stutzman took his preschool-age son, Danny, and hit the road on a sexual odyssey ending with his conviction for murder. But the mystery of Eli Stutzman and the fate of his son didn't end on the barren Nebraska plains. It was just beginning....
©2010 Gregg Olsen (P)2002 Gregg Olsen
"A riveting and deeply disturbing chronicle of true crime. Olsen has done a superior job." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
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I spent years as a cop and don't consider myself a prude, but this book was one I could barely get through, more about his sex life than a crime book. I also listened to Starvation Heights by the same author and it was alright. This book was just way too much even for a person who spent a life time in law enforcement. I am amazed that anyone gave this book higher ratings.
No I would never let one book or even author sour me on other books or authors. However I do have another crime book in my library that tells a terrible story, (beyond bad), hopefully it will be told in such a manner to not totally turn off the listener.
The narrator was ok, it's just too bad what he had to work with.
Honestly... none that I can think of, it was just way to much after listening for just a short time I would want to turn it off. I kept listening thinking maybe it would get better, but no such luck.
The story was interesting, but it was so complex with so many different characters, I had trouble keeping track of who was who and what their role was in the story. It was a true story, so it is what it is, but I can't help thinking that some of this could have been edited down to make for a better flow. I was not put off by the sexual detail as I think this was central to the main character. The performance was solid. It was worth a listen, but not something I'm going to tell everyone they need to hear or read.
A detailed account of a true crime incident, and the events that led up to it, but the graphic details of homosexual encounters made for uncomfortable listening at times.
This book is very thorough it goes into great detail into the life of Eli Stutzman. From his childhood throughout his life you are given an intense look into this man who killed his son.
This story was written with too much emphasis on the homosexual acts. The story became very dry and hard to finish.
Unless you love filler, and especially lurid filler, this is not the book for you. The author has a subtle bias, or maybe not so subtle, and it drags everything into a muddle of details that are not needed to tell the story, as a result the book drags on and on, and on. The narrator's flat delivery doesn't help, but doesn't really hurt.
Author needs to learn how to pronounce the name of the town's in story and correct name of airport. Do some checking.
This should actually be titled "heteronormative views on gay male sex practices". The story is completely buried under the author's obvious disdain for (a.k.a. repressed) homosexual behavior. The story is fascinating, but we miss a lot due to the graphic, detailed explanations of sex acts. It didn't keep me from listening to the whole book, though.
Perhaps I just didn't know enough of the story when I started it, but it veered in directions I found to be not only completely different from what I expected but also just somewhat unpalatable. I finished it at 2x the speed as I did get bored, as well.
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