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Deadly Greed

The Riveting True Story of the Stuart Murder Case
Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, True Crime
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From the author of Above Suspicion: the “riveting” true story of Charles Stuart, who murdered his pregnant wife and pinned the crime on a black man in 1980s Boston (Kirkus Reviews).   

On October 23, 1989, affluent businessman Charles Stuart made a frantic 911 call from his car to report that he and his seven-months-pregnant wife, Carol, a lawyer, had been robbed and shot by a black male in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston. By the time police arrived, Carol was dead, and the baby was soon lost as well. The attack incited a furor during a time of heightened racial tension in the community.   

Even more appalling, while the injuries were real, Stuart’s story was a hoax: He was the true killer. But the tragedy would continue with the arrest of Willie Bennett, a young man Stuart identified in a line-up. Stuart’s deception would be exposed only after a shocking revelation from his brother and, finally, his suicide, when he jumped into the freezing waters of the Mystic River.   

As the story unraveled, police would put together the disturbing pieces of a puzzle that included Stuart’s distress over his wife’s pregnancy, his romantic interest in a coworker, and life insurance fraud. In an account that “builds and grips like a novel” (Kirkus Reviews), New York Times journalist Joe Sharkey delivers “a picture of a man consumed by naked ambition, unwilling to let anyone or anything get in his way” (Library Journal). Revised and updated, this book also includes a new epilogue by the author.

©1991 Joe Sharkey (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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I have read a lot of true crime and listen constantly to new publications but am always seeking older books that have now finally surfaced with audio.

I loved this book. Succinct yet fills the imagination. Great narrator too.

Thanks for releasing this one!

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  • Lisa Taylor
  • 04-12-19

putting riveting in the subtitle takes a lot of ..

Takes a lot of nerve to put such false claims as "riveting" in this subtitle. The author spent 3/4 of this book explaining mynute things in detail. I fast-forwarded 7 chapters. Just horrible writing. I think because he had to fill up the pages with something. Put so much emphasis on details about things that did not matter or have a thing to do with the outcome of this boring story!

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