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Publisher's Summary

Based on the experiences of real-life kidnapping victim Sally Horner and her captor, whose story shocked the nation and inspired Vladimir Nabokov to write his controversial and iconic Lolita, Rust & Stardust is a heart-pounding audiobook by award-winning author T. Greenwood, who at last gives a voice to Sally herself.  

Camden, NJ, 1948. When 11-year-old Sally Horner steals a notebook from the local Woolworth's, she has no way of knowing that 52 year-old Frank LaSalle, fresh out of prison, is watching her, preparing to make his move. Accosting her outside the store, Frank convinces Sally that he’s an FBI agent who can have her arrested in a minute - unless she does as he says.   

This chilling audiobook traces the next two harrowing years as Frank mentally and physically assaults Sally while the two of them travel westward from Camden to San Jose, forever altering not only her life, but the lives of her family, friends, and those she meets along the way.  

©2018 T. Greenwood (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Greenwood’s glowing dark ruby of a novel brilliantly transforms the true crime story that inspired Nabokov’s Lolita. Shatteringly original and eloquently written....So ferociously suspenseful, I found myself holding my breath.” (Caroline Leavitt, New York Times best-selling author of Pictures of You)

“A beautifully written, unnerving tragedy woven from equal measures of hope and menace.” (Booklist)

“Heartrending.... Readers who relish novels based on true events will be both riveted and disturbed by this retelling of one of America’s most famous abduction cases.” (Library Journal)

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So moving.

I didn’t even realize it was historical FICTION until the end. It was written in a way that alluded to sex. It would have been unbearable to read otherwise. I commend the author’s imagination filling in the gaps in the real case with believable moments and relationships. Character development was great, just very rich and full of details from that era. The main character has stayed with me. She really was fully formed. Bravo. PS the author did t develop one main character. I think it only accentuates the fact that he had no soul.

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WOW!

Absolutely no words to describe how moved I am. I could not stop listening. Definitely worth the credit

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Heartbreaking and triumphant

I was already aware of the story on which this book is based. The narrative is raw and detailed and puts you into the mind of a very young victim. There is limited insight into the mind of the kidnapper, but this is probably for the best. It does an excellent job of bringing the thoughts and feelings of the kidnapping victim’s family members to life, too. I highly recommend this book, though it’s not for the faint of heart.

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so sad, tragic really

cried q lot when reading this, just don't understand how people can hurt other people like this. the writing is excellent and the narrator was great!!!!!

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Riveting

This grabs your attention from the very beginning - the narration is perfect and i couldn’t stop listening until the very end.

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  • Kim
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  • 10-07-18

Outstanding!

This was probably one of the best books I have ever listened to. Both the story and narrator were spectacular. Moving story.

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A sugary, sentimental retelling of a brutal historic kidnapping

This fictionalized retelling of the kidnapping of Sally Horner falls short of the mark for me. The writing style is simply too flowery and syrupy for me, as if to contrast with the horrors of some of the content, and it comes across as overly sentimental.

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The most upsetting book ever

If you want to read something so relentlessly upsetting then this book is for you. I also need to mention that there were two glaring typos— ones where the author mixed up the names of two major characters on two separate occasions. I was shocked & still am. It completely devalues the novel and I hope it’s
Something they correct immediately. Makes me wonder if I was tricked into reading an ebook? Overall I wish I had just read the Wikipedia page about Sally Horner and/or waited for the non fiction version of this story, which I hear comes out in September.

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