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Similar Transactions

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Eight known victims and one set of skeletal remains. Will Larry Lee Smith get away with murder? Similar Transactions is a gripping memoir about the author's determination, over a seven-year period, to solve a murder and to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Former social worker S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of 15-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds' Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass - founder of the University of Tennessee's Body Farm - Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case. As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades. She talks to the victims. A picture begins to form. Patterns appear. And all evidence points to one man: convicted sex offender Larry Lee Smith. As a result of Reynolds' efforts, the Knoxville Police Department reopens the cold case of Michelle's disappearance, but Larry Lee is about to be released from a Georgia prison, where he served time for a related crime - a "similar transaction." What transpires in this story is amazing.

©2015 S. R. Reynolds (P)2016 S. R. Reynolds

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    Jude Bailey 11/01/2017
    Jude Bailey 11/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Well delivered"

    A touchingly written account of a monster. I hope to hear of a follow up to Michelle's case soon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Joan
    Evanston, IL, United States
    10/09/16
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    "An Engrossing and Frightening Listen"

    A not particularly bright and less than methodical predator--despite a few prison terms-- manages to victimize multiple young women over several decades. "Similar Transactions" combines the story of the serial rapist's "career," with that of a devastated family struggling, first, to find out what happened to their missing daughter, and then, when their worst fears are realized, to find justice. The narrator, Linda Kimbrough, is perfect--mixing the appropriate reportorial style with just the right amount of characterization in the participants' dialogue.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Diane Dodge
    Dorchester Mass. USA
    08/09/16
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    "Good story"

    A sad story of a sadistic narcissistic sexual predator and his trail of human wreckage. The authors tenacity and compassion is commendable. The narrator excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • CJ Watson
    20/09/16
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    "A First-Time Author Hits One out of the Park"

    This is a mesmerizing story of the destruction caused by Larry Lee Smith – a serial rapist and suspected murderer, and the long, painful process of securing him where he belongs. The author has done an amazing job of describing the lives affected by Smith: some wounded, some shattered, some strengthened... And one perhaps ended. Reynolds keeps the pace surprisingly fast and fluid as she recounts events spanning more than 30 years.

    Kimbrough's narration is lively and holds the interest. Some of her "in-character" voices tend to come off rather nasally, but overall a very solid delivery. I would definitely listen to her again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    20/11/16
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    "Great True Crime Story!"

    Well written & well narrated. One review I read said that the narration was choppy. I did not think so with the exception of one odd pause where the narrator paused between a person's first & last name. Yes, that was kind of weird, but it was only one time in the book. I found the narrator's voice to be very pleasant.

    I also read in one review that the courtroom part of the story was too long. I did not think so. The writer kept my attention and kept this part of the book from being laborious, in my opinion.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lickety Split
    01/09/16
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    "Good but long"

    You have to love a good true crime book to make it through this one. It's very good and thoroughly researched and it's a very long story. There's not much way to shorten this saga to justice. I believe there are some parts that could have been edited down (court hearings, etc). I appreciate that the author isn't a seasoned true crime writer just churning out another book for the masses. I try to avoid those and this book certainly isn't one of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • richwire
    26/01/17
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    "2 Books in One"

    I found it interesting the way the author divided the story into two books and wrote about her involvement in the case in the 3rd person in book number two. The story was written in narrative form, which is how I prefer true crime books. If reading about serial rapists isn't abhorrent to you, you'd probably enjoy the book. Very detailed and graphic at times, but it's well written and researched and not done just for shock value. Kevin Pierce is my favorite true crime narrator but I have to say Linda Kimbrough did an exceptional job. Would be great if the author could interview Larry Lee Smith and write a sequel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cjf
    13/10/16
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    "good listen"

    interesting and I give the author a lot of credit for without her larry lee still may be free today and have taken more victims and their lives or at least their bodies. And their mental capacity. However so she prevailed she appears to be the real hero in this book. Although It did drag on in certain places and could have been told in a shorter version. other than that fairly good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Oudtshoorn South Africa
    30/07/17
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    "Poor editing / recording - words at sentence end are clipped or just plain missing! Trust someone will Re edit and replace?"

    Poor editing / recording - sentence and paragraph endings are clipped short and missing words in some instances?

    Please ask the production team to Re edit and make revised recording available

    Otherwise an engrossing read and performed well by the readet

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michelle
    PORT ST LUCIE, FL, US
    23/03/17
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    "One of the best"

    Great story and very well written! I found it riveting and engaging the whole way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MARK
    19/02/17
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to Similar Transactions again? Why?

    Yes, it was captivating


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

    I would like to but do not have that amount of time at one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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