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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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