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CARELESS WHISPERS Paperback – 1 Dec 1987

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Award winning and you'll understand why 30 Jun. 2001
By Becky - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Franks, Jill Montgomery, and Raylene Rice were three ordinary teenagers who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and who paid for this mistake with their young lives.
Texas based true crime author Carlton Stowers weaves a sordid tale of mistaken identity, abuse, and sociopathology in this excellent tome about the tragic Lake Waco triple homicide in 1982, its investigation, and the shattered lives of the families of the three slain teenagers. I have read two other books written by Carlton Stowers, and I am amazed at the empathy he feels towards the victims of violent crime and their families; while not outwardly doing so, his stories are a constant reminder that a homicide leaves many victims other than the dead person.
"Careless Whispers" also serves as a reminder that heroes can come in unlikely packages. The hero of this case, if a story as dreadful as this can have a hero, is Waco policeman Truman Simons.
After a mere eight weeks, the investigation into these murders was shelved and effectively deemed unsolveable. But they weren't unsolveable, and if not for the dedication and persistence of Truman Simons, this crime would, in all likelihood, STILL be unavenged. Thankfully however, that is not the case.
A gripping, frightening and suspenseful book, this is a must read, and the pages within literally shriek "The horror! The horror!" And when you finish it, you'll feel like shrieking this phrase too.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well worn copy 3 July 2002
By Lysa Burleson - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book at least 10 years ago, if not longer. I was so entranced I couldn't put it down. I've read the book at least a 1/2 dozen times since then. Each time I read it I find something new, a twist, or a turn that I missed the time before, which adds new dimension to the story.
Some reviewers see this book as being Biased. Biased at who? The murderers? The men that planned and partook in the slaughter of three innocent children? All of the men who were present at the time of the murders, as well as in the planning of the murders, have confessed during the years since the murders.
The officer who spent all his waking time tracking down the killers of these kids should be commended. The author should also be commended. The book does what a good true crime book is supposed to do: it points out all the aspects of the crime are, and who the guilty party(ies) are.
This is a must have for any true crime library!
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, disturbing, true - reads like a good mystery 20 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that I'm not generally a fan of mysteries, nor do I actively search out stories of violence or crime. I don't even like to read the newspaper. But "Careless Whispers" is haunting. It draws you in and doesn't let go, even after you're done with the book. It's a terrifying story of real people with real feelings and motivations. It's a heartbreaking tale of mistaken identity, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It demonstrates just how vulnerable ordinary people really are.
Carlton Stowers has a gift for story-telling. He candidly writes about his subject with an entertaining flair. If you can find this book, read it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So well written that one loses the concept that it is true. 12 Dec. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Stowers does a great job of researching his books - background of his characters, attitudes and events that lead up to the crime, deep feelings of emotion and committments of the law enforcement personnel. In this one, you can just feel the pain of the Sheriff as he vows to bring the killer (s) to justice. Stowers pulls the reader into the deep, dark world of crime, drugs, alcohol, hatred and abuse = it's hard to put the book down. Perhaps harder is accepting the fact that the Waco murders actually did happen - Stowers makes it all read like a novel.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling read 30 July 2002
By PrincetonCuse - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As usual, Stowers writing style makes the pages in this book fly. Stowers, who has written multiple books on this subject, clearly thorougly researched this book. The cast of characterters is quite detailed. In fact, the specific details in this book may be even better than some of his others.
However, I prefered his other book, Open Secrets over this one. The one thing that I did not like about Careless Whispers were there were some twists that didn't go anywhere. While that may have been the intent of the author (to show the frustration of the police), it made reading parts of the book dull.
Nonetheless, the detailed description of the crime scene and autopsy are very impressive. Definitely a bit gruesome, but very compelling. The realism of the story is (as usual) enhanced by the pictures of the people affected by this crime.
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