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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (137 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Van Meter Narrator: Ed Sala Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Widely published journalist William Van Meter returned to his hometown of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to research this harrowing account of a horrifying crime that occurred at Western Kentucky University.

In 2003, attractive college student Katie Autry was found dead in her dorm room after being raped, stabbed, and set on fire. As Van Meter delves into the facts of the case, further disturbing information surfaces.

In telling the true story of this shocking crime, Bluegrass describes the devastation of not one but three families. Two young men, whose lives seem preordained to intertwine, are jailed for the crime: DNA evidence places Stephen Soules, an unemployed, mixed-race high-school dropout, at the scene, and Lucas Goodrum, a 21-year-old pot dealer with an ex-wife, a girlfriend still in high school, and an inauspicious history of domestic abuse, is held by an ever-changing confession. The friends of the suspects and the foster and birth families of the victim form complex and warring social nets that are cast across town. And a small southern community, populated by eccentrics of every socioeconomic class, from dirt-poor to millionaire, responds to the horror.

Like Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, this tale is redolent with atmosphere, dark tension, and lush landscapes.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/18/2014

    " Solid true crime story, written in straightforward journalistic style, about a murder case in Kentucky. Author Van Meter is a good, level-headed writer and never descends into the overwrought tabloid style that often afflicts this genre, though it would have been easy enough to do given the subject matter. (Frankly, I can only assume that those people who called this book "poorly written" actually like that overwrought tabloid style -- think Ann Rule and the awful Kathryn Casey -- and were disappointed by its absence here. I mean, an opinion is an opinion, but by no meaningful or knowledgeable standard is this book "poorly written." Well, let a thousand flowers bloom, I guess.) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martinemarinar | 2/16/2014

    " This was a sad story and was well written for a true crime book. Sad story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 2/14/2014

    " Van Meter is trying so hard to be Jon Krakauer, but it just doesn't work. His attempts to investigate and explain a class struggle underlying the murder of Katie Autry, and the subsequent trial, feel unfinished. However, what I've read is a proof copy, so maybe everything is a little more detailed in the finished copy. I finished this book very quickly and it was worth reading, if only to hear the story behind the murder of Katie Autry. It's horribly sad and I could get behind making this required reading for college freshmen. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Terry | 2/3/2014

    " This is really just a throw-away read; I think I was subconsciously influenced to pick it up because I just saw the film "Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus" and therefore "Southern Gothic" subject matter is still reverberating in my brain. I am surprised by how many people complain about Van Meter's writing style. I thought his affectless style is admirable; Van Meter keeps his own opinion out of the story he's telling, and I appreciate that in a non-fiction writer, especially one who is covering such a sensational story. I even feel his bland just-the-fact reporting style actually made me change my mind about one of the subjects. However, I do have to agree with some reviewers that Van Meter really only covers the basics. There is a lot more "story" in this story, especially the faulty police work, done by amateurs who probably were pressured by the University to take over from more experienced investigators. And I was surprised that no one seemed curious about who the other suspect could have been, if there even was one. The testimony of the victim's roommate is never really picked apart (did she really hear another male voice? if it wasn't Luke, who could it have been?). In fact I'm kind of surprised she doesn't figure more significantly in the book or trial. So for better or worse, some threads are left unraveled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 1/22/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, set in my hometown, very much. Terribly sad story. Well written by a writer whose dad I know. Nice work! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tobey | 1/19/2014

    " Sorely in need of editing, and a better writer. The author actually thinks describing someone as having a "Jack o'lantern smile" is a compliment. It made me think the woman he was describing had a bunch of teeth missing. The writing is already cliched--why not just say "thousand watt smile"? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 1/13/2014

    " Just a sad story all the way around... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 1/13/2014

    " I wanted to read this book since I was familiar with the people and places in it. It was not a particularly well written book, but it held my interest. If i had not known the circumstances and the people and places in the book, i would not have bothered to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Schaarschmidt | 1/11/2014

    " I was surprised at the ending, it really made me think. The problem with real life is that there is no nice, pat answer at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/9/2014

    " Part I was a little unorganized and poorly written but once you got past that the book got a little better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/31/2013

    " Pretty good true crime story. The ending leaves you wondering, though, did a murderer walk away a free man? If you like true crime like this, I would recommend The Innocent Man by John Grisham. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 12/24/2013

    " My upstairs neighbor wrote this book. He's from Bowling Green where the crime occured. The story looks tragic, in an In Cold Blood way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Adams | 12/23/2013

    " This is such a sad story. One can only hope that something like this will never happen again on WKU's campus. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Angie | 12/11/2013

    " Poorly written making it hard to get through. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Abigail (Abbe) | 2/4/2013

    " very poorly written. i quit it after two chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toake | 1/10/2013

    " Money really buys happiness or in this case it's called freedom. Contrasts of two suspects were so interesting. I imagine these outcomes only happens in the US. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kris | 1/8/2013

    " Incredibly tragic story, but very poorly written. The author needs to learn that overdramatization and overuse of adverbs is not a great way to write. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathi | 5/23/2012

    " Book was almost hard to comprehend. It jumped too much and was hard sometimes to remember who was who, where they were going, so on and so on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 5/9/2011

    " Sensationalist and pointless, unless you were rapt with attention when the case occurred (perhaps it is a regional thing, since I don't remember hearing anything about this in the national newsmedia). "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 11/29/2010

    " True-crime book. Not very well-written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 11/4/2010

    " I used to read true crime stories but have not for a long time. I find the criminal mind fascinating and books like In Cold Blood, etc. intrigue me. This book, however, was not really well written and I just could not get into it like others I have read. Very sad facts, however "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 8/29/2010

    " Just a sad story all the way around... "

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