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Publisher's Summary

The remote farming community of Murdock, Nebraska, seemed to be the least likely setting for one of the heartland's most ruthless and bloody double murders in decades. In fact the little town had gone more than a century without a single homicide. But on the night of Easter 2006, Wayne and Sharmon Stock were brutally murdered in their home. The murders garnered sensational front-page headlines and drew immediate statewide attention. Practically everybody around Murdock was filled with fear, panic, and outrage. Who killed Wayne and Sharmon Stock? What was the motive? The Stocks were the essence of Nebraska's all-American farm family - self-made, God-fearing, and of high moral character. Barely a week into this double murder investigation, two arrests brought a sense of relief to the victims' family and to local residents. The case appeared to fall neatly into place when a tiny speck of murder victim Wayne Stock's blood appeared in the alleged getaway car.

Then an obscure clue left at the crime scene took the investigation down a totally different path, stretching into Iowa, Louisiana, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. By the time this investigation was over, the charges against the original suspects were dismissed, and two new individuals emerged from the shadows.

Over the next few years, the astonishing bloody lies were revealed, culminating in a law enforcement scandal that turned the case on its head and destroyed the career of Nebraska's celebrated CSI director, David Kofoed. The book is published by The Kent State University Press.

©2014 The Kent State University Press (P)2015 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"Ferak's detailing of the Stock murders and their aftermath is both captivating and painfully suspenseful."( Prose 'n Cons Mystery Magazine)
"One of the best true crime books of the year." (Steve Jackson, best-selling author of Bogeman)
"This is a first class fact-crime page-turner." (Burl Barer, Edgar Award winner, author of Man Overboard)

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A story that disturbs, yet, you relish in each twist.

John Ferak weaves a tale of crime and its investigation, of bad guys and good cops, good guys and bad cops, and how easily things can go very, very wrong. I found myself compelled to postpone other tasks so I could listen to Rich Grimshaw's rich baritone as he led me through this story. CSI fans will love this work. Highly recommended!

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  • Matt
  • West Mifflin, PA, United States
  • 08-23-15

Interesting first half.

Interesting first half, but the end drags. Despite the summary, there really isn't much of a twist in this story.

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Fantastic Book! John Ferak knows his stuff.

Best true crime book I read this year he did a great job very knowledgeable great with details this book was truly amazing

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Great narrative!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, there are stories within this story. The narration kept it alive and interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

The intertwining of the characters kept up the suspense til the end.

Which character – as performed by Rich Grimshaw – was your favorite?

Matt, you could feel the desperation of this character through the narration.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I did!

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Boring...

Would you try another book from John Ferak and/or Rich Grimshaw?

I don't know. I'm not sure what else he has written that might interest me. I love true crime, but this was REALLY laborious to listen to. I didn't even finish it.

Would you ever listen to anything by John Ferak again?

Yes

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't. The narrator was great.

What character would you cut from Bloody Lies?

The entire 2nd half of the book that focused on the corrupt CSI examiner.

Any additional comments?

I really am happy with Audible, and love documentaries, particularly true crime, but the last few I read have been disappointing.

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Good Book

If you could sum up Bloody Lies in three words, what would they be?

Rather Suspenseful Book

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator treated the audience like they were intelligent, and the book was rather thought provoking. It left me in suspense until the very end.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Kofoed was revealed to be the corrupt CSI.

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Short and to the point

To those true crime lovers out there, I’m sure you’ve realized the pickings are a bit slim to find good audiobooks of true crime stories. You can’t go wrong with this author. His are excellent. Worth a credit for any of his books.

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thrilling and factual storytelling

really enjoyed listening to this book. I thought the story was fascinating and factual (a little long towards the end of the CSI part near the end). Thanks to the author and investigative detective work the twist in the middle of the book brings the right people to justice. recommended reading.

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  • jeffrey
  • 09-17-17

Scary to read this stuff is still happening

Where does Bloody Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the middle. Ok but not earth shattering. It is kind of lopsided, as most of the book is about a heinous crime and the rush to judgement, then there is a small bit left at the end getting to the point - the CSI mess.

What did you like best about this story?

I love a good they got the wrong guy story

Have you listened to any of Rich Grimshaw’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no