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Author: Ethan Brown Narrator: Traber Burns Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9781504777797
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An explosive, true-life southern gothic story, Murder in the Bayou chronicles the twists and turns of a high-stakes investigation into the murders of eight women in a troubled Louisiana parish.

Between 2005 and 2009, the bodies of eight women were discovered around the murky canals and crawfish ponds of Jennings, Louisiana, a bayou town of 10,000 in the heart of the Jefferson Davis parish. Local law enforcement officials were quick to pursue a serial killer theory, opening a floodgate of media coverage, from CNN to the New York Times. Collectively the victims became known as the “Jeff Davis 8,” and their lives, their deaths, and the ongoing investigation reveals a small southern community’s most closely guarded secrets.

As Ethan Brown suggests, these homicides were not the work of a single serial killer, but the violent fallout of Jennings’ brutal sex and drug trade, a backwoods underworld hidden in plain sight. Mixing muckraking research and immersive journalism over the course of a five-year investigation, Ethan Brown reviewed thousands of pages of previously unseen homicide files to determine what happened during each victim’s final hours.

Epic in scope and intensely suspenseful, Murder in the Bayou is the story of an American town buckling under the dark forces of poverty, race, and class division—and a lightning rod for justice for the daughters it lost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A deeply reported, and disturbing, true crime story that is as puzzling as it is intriguing. Ethan Brown’s Murder in the Bayou raises as many questions as it answers, but never ceases to enrage. This is a book about power: those who wield it, and those who, tragically, fall victim to it.”

    Janet Reitman, author of the New York Times Notable Book Inside Scientology

  • “By way of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, Ethan Brown casts light on an America that many people would prefer to believe is not there. Murder in the Bayou reveals a complicated web of violence, poverty, drugs, and corruption—it’s a brave feat of reporting.”

    Zachary Lazar, author of the New York Times Notable Book I Pity the Poor Immigrant

  • “Ethan Brown’s daring and dangerous exposé uncovers a murky inferno of violence and corruption in south Louisiana, where it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad, and the brutal murders of eight prostitutes go unpunished, though not necessarily unsolved.”

    John Berendt, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Brown is especially enlightening when it comes to this region…[He] gives the victims more respectful attention than they probably got in real life.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Gripping…Brown’s spare but effective prose and measured analysis of the evidence makes this a must-read for true-crime fans.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Compulsively readable true crime provoking questions about policing, poverty, and the ritualized brutality of the rural South.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of New True-Crime Books for Fall

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About the Author

Ethan Brown is an investigative journalist, private investigator, and author. He has written for New York magazine, the New York Observer, Wired, Vibe, the Independent, GQ, Mother Jones, the Guardian, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Details, and the Village Voice. He has appeared on NPR, WNYC, Court TV, MSNBC, Hot 97, and BET to discuss drug policy, street crime, the music business, life in Louisiana, and other issues. He lives in New Orleans.

About the Narrator

Traber Burns worked for thirty-five years in regional theater, including the New York, Oregon, and Alabama Shakespeare festivals. He also spent five years in Los Angeles appearing in many television productions and commercials, including Lost, Close to Home, Without a Trace, Boston Legal, Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Gilmore Girls, and others.