On a freezing Christmas morning, a distraught young man named Jeremy Davies led police to a corpse he had placed in a snowbank some hours before. They found a man's body, naked, bloody and beaten. Davies insisted that he had not killed the man but that he and his fiancée had simply buried a stranger's body. The police investigation confirmed the fact that the victim, Harry Berge, had died in the apartment of Barbara Hoffman. Hoffman had dropped out of university a few credits short of a degree and had worked in a local massage parlor for some time. She and Davies had recently become engaged. After the police discovered that Berge was an ex-lover of Hoffman's and that he had signed over his house and an insurance policy to her benefit and, further, that Davies had also made her the beneficiary of his insurance policies, they began to suspect that Davies might be in danger. They kept him under watch for a while but eventually had to stop the surveillance. Shortly thereafter, Davies turned up dead, an apparent suicide.
However, it was discovered that he had died from cyanide poisoning and, though he had also been beaten, so had Berge. Although Hoffman was never charged for Davies' murder, she was charged and convicted for Berge's murder. The suspicion was that her intended victim had been Davies and that Berge's death was unplanned. Hofmann was convicted for the murder and went to prison with a life sentence.
©1990 Karl Harter; This edition published in 2014 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I tried to get through it, but by chapter 20, I had to stop. The thought of getting through 70 more chapters was too much.
The book itself was ok but I think it would have been better if I had read it myself. the narrator bothered me because of his lack of inflection or in some parts it was misplaced. For the most part he talked in a monotone. I will be sure to never choose a book narrated by him again.
"excellent one of the best"
a great read very well told and an interesting crime well told and informative a new writer tome will be looking out for more by him
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