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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (75 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Crier Narrator: Catherine Crier Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In October 2002, Susan Polk was arrested for the murder of her husband, Felix, kicking off what would become one of the most captivating murder trials in recent memory. Now, former judge and current Court TV host Catherine Crier turns an analytical eye to Susan's story, delving into her past and examining how over twenty years of marriage culminated in murder. When Susan was in high school, Felix, who was more than twenty years her senior, had been her psychologist, and during their sessions as therapist and patient, a romantic entanglement began. These troubling beginnings grew into a difficult marriage that produced three healthy boys but led to disturbing accusations of abuse from both Felix and Susan.

Crier dissects this dangerous relationship, exposing the painful psychology that motivated this complex marriage. She masterfully reconstructs the tumultuous chronology of the Polk family, telling how Susan and Felix struggled to control their rambunctious sons and disintegrating marriage in the years and months leading up to Felix's death. Here Crier also elucidates the methodic police work of the murder investigation and scrutinizes the remarkable trial, exploring Susan's struggles with her defense attorneys and her shocking decision to represent herself. Dark, psychological, and terrifying, Final Analysis is a harrowing look at the recesses of the human mind and the trauma that reveals them.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Catherine Crier has become a master of the genre. In Susan Polk, Crier has a riveting central figure, who is so complex, so dominant, so brilliant, and so guilty. I couldn’t get enough of her.”

    Dominick Dunne, New York Times bestselling author

  • “With the discerning eye that makes her so unique, Catherine Crier unravels a tangle of sex, domination, and pathology that culminates in murder. From Susan Polk’s troubled beginning to her role as lawyer-defendant in one of the most startling trials in recent memory, Final Analysis illuminates a compelling true-life drama.”

    Richard North Patterson, New York Times bestselling author

  • “If you want to read a smart, cleverly crafted, acutely intense, poignant account of down and dirty real murder, then you must read Final Analysis. Catherine Crier is the best in this true justice–oriented genre.”

    Robert K. Tanenbaum, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Spotlights a fascinating case in which the murder was just the beginning.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Elizabeth Cardenas-Nelson | 7/1/2012

    " This book was soooo tedious & repetitive - I expected better from a journalist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Veronica Lindsey | 10/23/2011

    " Liked that it was read by the author. Good true-crime story. Felt sorry for Susan Polk, but also sorry for those who had to live with her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jane | 10/10/2011

    " It's a good book, well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Veronica | 4/7/2011

    " Liked that it was read by the author. Good true-crime story. Felt sorry for Susan Polk, but also sorry for those who had to live with her. "

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