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Product Details

  • Series: St. Martin's True Crime Library
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime (January 15, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312977042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312977047
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,129 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The 1982 rapes and grisly murders of three teenagerstwo girls and a boyin Waco, Tex., and the investigation carried on for the most part by Truman Simons, a dogged and compassionate patrol sergeant, are recalled through hundreds of interviews with witnesses, prison inmates, law enforcement and court officers, and members of the victims' families. In a suspenseful reconstruction, Stowers (The Rainbow Waits, etc.) skillfully disentangles the numerous skeins of an intricate web of circumstances to resolve the bizarre crimes, and sketches the characters involved in the murders and trials. Some of the evidence is supplied by a psychic and by the demented chief perpetrator's irresistible need to hint and even brag about his exploits. Both of the principal defendants, now on death row, await the outcome of appeals. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The seemingly senseless murders of three teenagers shocked the community of Waco, Texas in 1982. Eventually, four men were convicted in a case of murder-for-hire and mistaken identity. With no eyewitnesses or physical evidence, this is the type of crime which often remains unsolved. The dogged persistence of detective Truman Simons, who resigned from the police force in mid-investigation, paid off in a solution, despite the infighting in the Waco police department. Stowers, a friend of one of the local district attorneys, has written a complete and professional account of the case from the prosecution's point of view. Appropriate for most true crime collections. Gregor A. Preston, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

This was one of the best true crime books I've ever read.
Donna J. Runnels
The one thing that I did not like about Careless Whispers were there were some twists that didn't go anywhere.
PrincetonCuse
Detailed, well, written and gribbing, I read this book in two sittings.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 30, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Franks, Jill Montgomery, and Raylene Rice were three ordinary teenagers who had the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and who paid for this mistake with their young lives.
Texas based true crime author Carlton Stowers weaves a sordid tale of mistaken identity, abuse, and sociopathology in this excellent tome about the tragic Lake Waco triple homicide in 1982, its investigation, and the shattered lives of the families of the three slain teenagers. I have read two other books written by Carlton Stowers, and I am amazed at the empathy he feels towards the victims of violent crime and their families; while not outwardly doing so, his stories are a constant reminder that a homicide leaves many victims other than the dead person.
"Careless Whispers" also serves as a reminder that heroes can come in unlikely packages. The hero of this case, if a story as dreadful as this can have a hero, is Waco policeman Truman Simons.
After a mere eight weeks, the investigation into these murders was shelved and effectively deemed unsolveable. But they weren't unsolveable, and if not for the dedication and persistence of Truman Simons, this crime would, in all likelihood, STILL be unavenged. Thankfully however, that is not the case.
A gripping, frightening and suspenseful book, this is a must read, and the pages within literally shriek "The horror! The horror!" And when you finish it, you'll feel like shrieking this phrase too.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lysa Burleson VINE VOICE on July 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book at least 10 years ago, if not longer. I was so entranced I couldn't put it down. I've read the book at least a 1/2 dozen times since then. Each time I read it I find something new, a twist, or a turn that I missed the time before, which adds new dimension to the story.
Some reviewers see this book as being Biased. Biased at who? The murderers? The men that planned and partook in the slaughter of three innocent children? All of the men who were present at the time of the murders, as well as in the planning of the murders, have confessed during the years since the murders.
The officer who spent all his waking time tracking down the killers of these kids should be commended. The author should also be commended. The book does what a good true crime book is supposed to do: it points out all the aspects of the crime are, and who the guilty party(ies) are.
This is a must have for any true crime library!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
First, let me say that I'm not generally a fan of mysteries, nor do I actively search out stories of violence or crime. I don't even like to read the newspaper. But "Careless Whispers" is haunting. It draws you in and doesn't let go, even after you're done with the book. It's a terrifying story of real people with real feelings and motivations. It's a heartbreaking tale of mistaken identity, and being in the wrong place at the wrong time. It demonstrates just how vulnerable ordinary people really are.
Carlton Stowers has a gift for story-telling. He candidly writes about his subject with an entertaining flair. If you can find this book, read it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PrincetonCuse on July 30, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As usual, Stowers writing style makes the pages in this book fly. Stowers, who has written multiple books on this subject, clearly thorougly researched this book. The cast of characterters is quite detailed. In fact, the specific details in this book may be even better than some of his others.
However, I prefered his other book, Open Secrets over this one. The one thing that I did not like about Careless Whispers were there were some twists that didn't go anywhere. While that may have been the intent of the author (to show the frustration of the police), it made reading parts of the book dull.
Nonetheless, the detailed description of the crime scene and autopsy are very impressive. Definitely a bit gruesome, but very compelling. The realism of the story is (as usual) enhanced by the pictures of the people affected by this crime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stowers does a great job of researching his books - background of his characters, attitudes and events that lead up to the crime, deep feelings of emotion and committments of the law enforcement personnel. In this one, you can just feel the pain of the Sheriff as he vows to bring the killer (s) to justice. Stowers pulls the reader into the deep, dark world of crime, drugs, alcohol, hatred and abuse = it's hard to put the book down. Perhaps harder is accepting the fact that the Waco murders actually did happen - Stowers makes it all read like a novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jackie M. Bolden on September 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I checked this book out at the library, and when I learned a friend of mine (and co-worker) was one of the prosecutors in the book, I purchased it online. Also, the story was powerful and "close to home" since I was born in Waco and all my aunts and uncles still live there. I buy every book I can find written by Carlton Stowers. He is a great author and I get into his books. What happened to these three young people was tragic, and Mr. Stowers captured the pain of family members as well as the frustrations that Truman Simons felt by being sabotaged by the Waco Police Department. I came away angry at them for their petty behavior and cruel deception, and total lack of respect for the survivors by not putting forth their best efforts to resolve this crime. Had it not been for Truman Simons, this would have been an unsolved cold case. Kuddos to Truman!Careless Whispers (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
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