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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (786 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe McGinniss Narrator: Stacy Keach Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Fatal Vision comes a shocking true account of murder, family secrets, and final justice.

One hot summer night in 1988, Bonnie Von Stein’s second husband was murdered in their bed, Bonnie herself stabbed, beaten, and left for dead beside him. It looked like a brutal but tragically typical case: Von Stein was newly wealthy, and Bonnie’s troubled son, Chris, seemed like the obvious suspect.

But Chris turned out to have an air-tight alibi, and new leads suggested the crime could be much more complex. The trail led to Chris’ two strange new friends from college and a real-life enactment of a bizarre Dungeons and Dragons fantasy adventure—and it implicated Bonnie’s teenage daughter as well.

In Cruel Doubt, Joe McGinniss probes the dark heart of family life and small-town North Carolina society to uncover a fascinating and terrifying story that is at once a chilling murder mystery, a tense courtroom drama, and a heartbreaking account of a mother forced to doubt her own children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “McGinniss has drawn a riveting portrait of parental devotion that flies in the face of the truth. His reputation as a brutally honest storyteller will attract many readers. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

  • New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bernie | 1/12/2014

    " Good but drags a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by David | 12/23/2013

    " If you remember the case of the college boy who conspired with his classmates and fellow "Dungeons and Dragons" players to murder his wealthy parents to inherit their money, you'll enjoy this book. The made-for-TV film version was a bit melodramatic, but so is the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Annmbray | 11/3/2013

    " Not nearly as good as Fatal Vision. The characters were bland and there was no forensic evidence to speak of. Lots of questions remain unanswered. Seemed like McGinniss just kept repeating the same stuff over and over again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Salsadancer | 10/18/2013

    " True-story family murder that took place in Washington, North Carolina. Copyright 1991. "

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