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The true story of Jane Alexander, who spent 13 years tracking down and putting away the man who murdered her 88-year old aunt, and then went on to help solve 20 murders, igniting a national victim's rights movement.

Jane Alexander had it all: a wonderful family, a beautiful home on three acres just north of San Francisco, and a deep romance with Tom O'Donnell. A family friend for 25 years prior to their romance, Tom helped Jane cope with the death of her husband and captivated her with his charming, unflappable personality. But Jane's picturesque life came crashing down the morning that her beloved aunt was savagely murdered. Slowly, astonishingly, the evidence began to point to the last person Jane would ever believe capable of such an act: Tom O'Donnell. She soon discovered that he had fled with thousands of dollars of her money, forcing her to sell her possessions and move into a dilapidated old house. Jane would eventually learn that she was his next victim: he had secretly taken out a million dollar life insurance policy on her. With and unresponsive criminal justice system and almost everyone telling her that her quest was futile, Jane devoted her entire life to tracking him down and forcing the system to do its job and get justice for her beloved aunt.

But the story does not stop there: along the way, Jane met dozens of people with similar horror stories: a savagely murdered loved one, a justice system that refused to function. She and Jan Miller, whose daughter was murdered during summer break at Chico State University in a case still unsolved, founded Citizens Against Homicide to fight back for the victim's families. At the time of Jane Alexander's death in 2008, they had helped solve 20 cold case murders, were working on 500 homicide investigations, and had seen their organization spread to all 50 states, with more than 5,000 members.

©1999 James Dalessandro (P)2016 David N. Wilson

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Justice is served

What did you love best about Citizen Jane?

That she never gave up hop the killer would be caught.

What did you like best about this story?

Justice was finally served.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

He did a good job of not making all the different characters not get confusing.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she finally admitted the man she had loved could be the person people said he was.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Captivating!

I don’t usually read many books from this genre, but I really enjoyed this one. The narration brought the story to life and held my interest throughout. The story was well thought out, complete and will keep you listening. I will be watching for this author in the future.

* I was provided a free copy of this book from AudioBookBlast for an honest review.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Citizen Jane

If you could sum up Citizen Jane in three words, what would they be?

Never give up !

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that this was a true crime story with a hero, very unusual in this type of book. It was nice to see someone fight so hard, become stronger and help others. I wish every victim had a Jane to fight for them.

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

He brings each character to life. He tells a story, he doesn't just read a book to you.

Any additional comments?

This audio book was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The Ultimate Misogynist

Pretty good telling of the story of a serial user/abuser of women, and the woman who finally brings him down.

Jane's gullibility in handing over her home and control of her finances to this loser is difficult to understand, but there you go; love is blind. Even more frustrating is her refusal to recognize the truth about Tom O'Donnell until long after his outrageous lies and bizarre flight have exposed his murderous treachery.

When she finally comes to her senses and recognizes what O'Donnell is and what he has done, Jane becomes a force to be reckoned with.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very interesting and sad

I liked this book. It was an interesting and sad read. If you're into true crime and want to learn about greed this book might be a jackpot for you

Full review will always be to find on my blog

Best wishes

ReadingGhost

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • AGUA DULCE, CA, United States
  • 04-04-16

well rounded story , Kevin Pierce always wonderfu

fine story, well enough written.
I'd listen to a phone book of Kevin Pierce was reading it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Power of Persistence

What made the experience of listening to Citizen Jane the most enjoyable?

Kevin Pierce. He's simply a great narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Citizen Jane?

When she realizes that all she thought about her boyfriend was completely wrong.

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

As stated above, he's a great narrator.

Any additional comments?

This was a great book in the true crime genre.

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Good story, but it goes on a little long

I liked the book overall. It was a very interesting story about a woman who never quit looking for her grandmother's killer. if you like true crime this will interest you. I if you don't you might get bored.

This book was provided to my by the author at no cost in order to evaluate the book.

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This book is a rip-off

Would you try another book from James Dalessandro and/or Kevin Pierce?

Kevin Pierce is a pro. But James Dalessandro hoodwinked true crime fans with this title, so no, I'd steer clear of his books.

What could James Dalessandro have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have not left 75% of the story out of the book. Seriously, he covered the entire trial in about 3 paragraphs! I thought my app had skipped over 15 chapters of testimony, but nope! The author just decided to wrap it up in the quickest summary you've ever read. The detailed lead-up to the trial is well done, but then BOOM we are in the epilogue!?! I felt like the author decided to publish his half-finished manuscript. Seasoned true crime readers will be very disappointed with this book which utterly fails to live up to expectations for the genre.

What about Kevin Pierce’s performance did you like?

Kevin Pierce could read recipes or the classifieds and make them sound intriguing. He's amazing.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointing for sure.

Any additional comments?

Buyer beware. Avoid this book.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful