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Cold Kill Audiobook

Cold Kill: The True Story of a Murderous Love

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Publisher's Summary

David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought. The troubled young man clung to his new love and dreamed of their future together. So begins the chain of events that was to evolve into a horror of terrifying proportions. Jack Olsen, best-selling author of Son, now reveals the details of a true-life romance gone hideously awry.

After weeks of planning, the young misfits from two fine old Texas families donned grotesque battle gear and crept into the luxurious home where Cindy Ray's parents lay asleep with her two small sons. In the hot muggy room, the "cold kill" was over in seconds.

Everyone who knew the unpredictable Cindy suspected that she was involved, but the ghastly crime had been so carefully orchestrated that Houston's top homicide detectives could get nowhere. Cindy wore black and sobbed at the funeral, then began a frenzied attempt to collect her inheritance and as many of her wealthy parents possessions as she could haul away. No one except David West was surprised when she walked out on him.

Then the story took another bizarre turn. In a final bid to solve the case, a seductive young private investigator was assigned to cozy up to West. Soon the gullible killer was in love, once again with fateful consequences.

Traditionally, true-crime drama illuminates the sinister motivations in the human psyche. Yet Cold Kill reveals something still more frightful - unspeakable murders are committed, not out of greed, revenge, or blind demented rage, but out of a troubled young man's tragically misconceived code of honor and a desperate need to please and protect the woman of his dreams.

Jack Olsen's Cold Kill is a stunning testament to the profoundly discerning eye of a grand master of true crime. To listen to Cold Kill is not to forgive David West. It is, however, to undergo the uncanny experience of feeling oneself slowly but surely moving into the shoes of a pathological killer.

©2017 Jack Olsen (P)2017 Jack Olsen/Evan Olsen/Su Olsen

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  • in1ear (John Row)
    Aurora, Colorado
    09/02/17
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    "One of the Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! One of the Best... True Crime Writers - the late Jack Olsen. One of the Best - voice talents - Kevin Pierce. One of the oddest story of a criminal couple.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Kill?

    I thought how David West was so well researched and his actions explained. Before and after the crime.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Pierce’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. I always enjoy his work. Always a high standard.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I'm always searching for what motivates people in the violent acts they do. Cold Kill was very in depth in that regard. I read many True Crime books. This gave insight (if there is any sane insight to these acts).


    Any additional comments?

    The publisher's summary "To listen to Cold Kill is not to forgive David West. " is appropriate. Understand him maybe. Forgive, no.<br/>I'm impressed with both the body of the work, but also with Mr. Pierce's exceptional performance. <br/><br/>This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost. Which I can only assume was voluntary on their part. I am happy to give my honest review of it. I think I'm suppose to mention how reviewing this was voluntary on my part too.<br/>

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tad B.
    New York
    13/03/17
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    "Masterful"
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    Jack Olsen is an absolute master of true crime and goodness, this story was a doozy. This truly incredible tale follows the disturbed Cindy as she lies and manipulates her way towards an unspeakable act committed by a gullible man under her control. When I think about true crime I usually conjure up the image of a monster, an evil, emotionless monster who kills without hesitation or remorse. This story is different. The killer in this tale is someone who isn't evil or remorseless, he isn't a sociopath (in my non-doctor opinion). He is a man who is of below average intelligence and does what he sees is necessary to save the one he loves. A fascinating look into the minds of those who manipulate and those who are manipulated into committing murder. Kevin Pierce is unparalleled in his narration ability- he is the literal best I have ever heard. 10/10 would recommend this book to any true crime lovers! <br/><br/>I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • kathy
    jasper, GA, United States
    13/02/17
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    "Another great true story read by Kevin Pierce!"

    I enjoy reading true crime stories and Jack Olsen is very good at relating them to the reader. We are able to keep up with the events as they happen chronologically as well as know the characters intimately. Kevin Pierce is an exceptional narrator! Read the phone book, Yes! This story is one of the craziest true crime stories I have ever read. I laughed out loud several times driving down the road not being able to believe such "nuts" actually exist! I would recommend this book for true crime fans that would like a bit of humor and not much gore.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    Elkhart, Indiana
    10/02/17
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    "a strange experience"

    I came away from Cold Kill feeloig an odd mix of pity and revulsion. Between Olsen's words, and Pierce's as always EXCELLENT narration the humanity of each end every person involved in the story is undeniable! Yet, I never forgot that two real people lost their lives. I was entertained and would recommend Cold Kill to new and veteran readers alike. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Linda Little
    L.I. NY
    22/05/17
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    "DID I LIKE IT?"

    I like Kevin Pierce, that goes without saying. The book was too dragged out. I probably could've told it in about 1/2 hour. The ending was of course what I expected.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bst
    CA USA
    09/02/17
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    "ANOTHER EXCELLENT BOOK"

    I love true crime and Kevin Pierce is the best narrator EVER!! This story was interesting and full of suspense! Order it! You will absolutely enjoy it!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Polly Poizendem
    New Orleans
    12/02/17
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    "If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!"


    Although this is a murder/crime story, the main focus is on one CA-RAAZY girl (Cindy Ray) who somehow manages to easily persuade others into believing her wild claims of abuse, neglect, incest, and being horribly taken advantage of by EVERYONE she comes into contact with! She uses this method as her sole means of financial support, favors, and housing - moving from one person to the next ...and playing on their sympathy for her. What a manipulator! She was believable enough that it even took ME a while to realize that what she was saying was not true.

    When she meets David, her newest boyfriend, he like many others, buys into all her nonsense, and thus becomes more than willing to "save" her. She works on him to the point of eventually coaxing him into a murder plan; by convincing him that her mother and sisters often beat and torture her, her father is an incestuous rapist, and that she will be able to finally move on from all this never ending trauma "they put her through" once the parents are eliminated. And then afterwards of course, her and David will have the bestest sex life ever she promises. Since David already has a pre-existing aggressive personality, he is instantly able to get into defending his lover no matter what it takes. If Cindy is happy, then he will be too.

    You will want to reach through the screen and slap Miss Cindy...Lol. Not kidding. We have all met nutty people before, but this girl does it with such drama! And although we are expected to detest the murderer, you will probably find yourself hating the REAL instigator instead.

    I thoroughly enjoy how Kevin Pierce (narrator) expresses each characters emotional state as he delivers their private thoughts and conversations - it was VERY well done! Rather than trying to mimic actual voices as some narrators do (which can be painfully annoying), Kevin just has a naturally smooth style and flow conveying each personality type without having to resort to that. *insert loud applause roar here*

    Like other Jack Olsen books, its also sprinkled with humorous details and scene descriptions :-) which I personally love. This audiobook was provided to me at no cost by the author/publisher/narrator in exchange for an honest review. It was truly my pleasure, and very easy for me to say "I LOVED THIS!!".

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • bebe
    South Carolina
    24/05/17
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    "Olsen and Pierce = perfection"
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    Jack Olsen was the best true crime of all, living and dead. He always told the story from beginning to end in a manner that was completely engrossing. He helped the reader understand the people involved and their motives. This book was no exception. I listened almost non-stop because it was so interesting (and I even knew how it turned out). The character in Cold Kill that I found most interesting was Cindy. It is impossible to believe that there are people like her - and that there are people that could have been taken in by her lies and histrionics. I feel so sorry for her parents for having to deal with her for years, and then end up dying because of her. I understand that she is still in prison and weighs 300 pounds now.<br/><br/>Kevin Pierce is a super great narrator. I love his voice. It is so smooth and he has the perfect tone of voice. He clearly understands what he is reading in order to give the perfect inflection and emphasis. He is perfection

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arius
    Annandale, VA United States
    19/04/17
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    "Be Careful Who You Believe"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The psychology of the critical character is so bizarre that it makes for interesting reading. I would recommend it to anyone who is into abnormal psychology even if they weren't into True Crime.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The private investigator who takes on the case and insinuates themselves into the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where the police realize they were all wrong about the private investigator.


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

    Yes - the situations were so unreal I just wanted to see what insanity was going to manifest next.


    Any additional comments?

    It's not my favorite Jack Olsen book, but its weirdness made it more interesting than the description hinted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gertrude
    06/04/17
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    "Power of the Pussy"

    Great book, he was weak like most men. ..The undercover only had to show intetest, not love..The End

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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