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"I don't care who you hire, or what the company has to pay him…so long as he's the best there is."

This anguished cry from the wife of murder victim Dean Milo would draw private investigator Bill Dear into one of the most frustrating, and ultimately triumphant, cases of his career.

Dean Milo was a phenomenally successful businessman who built a tiny family business into a $50-million-a-year corporation. Along the way, he established a lengthy list of enemies that began with his immediate family and stretched throughout the social and business community. His fast-track ride to the top came to a violent halt on August 11, 1980, when Milo was found dead in his luxurious Ohio home, shot twice in the head. A blank telegram form lay nearby.

Four months after his death, the investigation remained a confusing collection of non sequiturs. Clues pointed toward Milo's involvement with the Mafia, the drug world, and the gay community. His own family refused to cooperate with the authorities. And time was ticking by.

In desperation, Maggie Milo turned to Texas private eye, Bill Dear. This is the gripping story of the remarkable collaboration between Dear and the police detectives of Akron, Ohio, that led to 11 convictions, an Ohio record. It is also a tale of the human weakness, desperation, and overwhelming greed that led to a sudden death.

©1989 William C. Dear and Carlton Stowers (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Interesting true crime

This happened in our vicinity many years ago. I couldn’t remember all the details so it was good to listen to it again to refresh my memory. Well written and well narrated. Good job to author and narrator.

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One of the best true crime stories

Complex and detailed, this is one of the best true crime stories I've listened to or read. The story is well-written and told in a way that is easy to follow but it is a very in depth account with many players so it has to be followed along closely. This is definitely a book I will listen to again and one that I highly recommend to true crime fans. I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

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Like being in the shoes of the investigators.

Would you consider the audio edition of "Please...Don't Kill Me" to be better than the print version?

Can't comment, since I haven't read the print version. I very much enjoyed this audio version, though, and the narrator did an excellent job of bringing it to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The outside investigator brought in to assist the police was almost like a fictional character - headstrong, passionate, dogged, and really pretty brilliant.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I don't think that was the intent. This book is a breakdown of an investigation into a difficult to solve crime.

Any additional comments?

I think this book may have taken the reader "inside the investigation" more than just about any other true crime book I've ever read. It was enjoyable to see how the case was worked, from the very start, through the frustrating middle, to the satisfying end.

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Great read !!

I enjoy the fact that the book was an easy read with lots of twists. A real true crime jem..
"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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A Story of Many Stories

As a True Crime story of an actual event, there is little to say about plot twists. Therefore the bulk of the work to draw the listener in to the story. Fortunately this narrator is able to project a wide cast and differentiate between characters easily. Thanks to that the book becomes an audio version of the serialized unsolved crime TV shows or Date-Line.

The book itself is intriguing, with a good use of chapter breaks and other pauses as well as a careful selection of reveals in order to build suspense. Like the true story itself, the dead-ends are frustrating and the extensions and new leads are exciting. The only negative I can find with this book is that the numerous characters and changes in the investigation are confusing, especially if the reader needs to pause the story.

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Great Book!

This book keeps you going. About the time you think you figured it out more and more characters get added. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Cain and Abel

I remember seeing this murder on the news many years ago, but did not know the in's and outs of the story, so this was great for me to learn more about this and the outcome. I love how Bill Dear, tries to put himself in the scene/scenario as Mr Milo would have been to maybe get more clues or see things from a different perspective. This book was great and the narrator did a great job sharing the details of the book and portraying what the author is trying to share

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Interesting insight

I received the audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not sure what to make of this book. It gives the reader an insight into the process of what detectives (and private investigators) have to do in order to find their man.

Bill Dear, a private investigator, is brought into Akron, Ohio to solve the case of the murder of Dean Milo. The police had been unable to find the killer and had to move on to more current cases. With the help of his team of investigators, and a few police officers, Dean painstakingly delves into the murder, into the lives of those involved, and slowly unravels the murder plot.

The writing style was interesting enough, not just a recitation of the dry facts of the case, but no huge descriptions to pad out the story. J. Scott Bennett narrated the story well, as always.