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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (November 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312960166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312960162
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Many of us have had neighbors whose loud music, objectionable habits, or destruction of property get on our nerves. This is the story of a man who got so annoyed, he poisoned his neighbors with an extremely painful nerve toxin. The personalities are what make the book: the cartoon-character nerd who was a disgruntled househusband to a female orthopedist, the quietly charming policewoman who went undercover to get the goods on him, the loving Southern family who suffered so much. And there's a revelation at the end of the story that will appall you. As the New York Times wrote, "Florida, the cradle of creepiness in detective fiction, offers up some weird criminals in real life, too.... The authors are good at portraying the oddly disconnected society of small-town Florida, as well as the man who almost committed the perfect crime there."

From Publishers Weekly

Journalist Good and undercover cop Goreck detail Goreck's investigation of a cold-blooded killer with a genius IQ.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rhestand@rocketmail.com on October 25, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is well written and fast paced. It describes the death of Peggy Carr, and the subsequent conviction of George Trepal for that murder. The book is co-authored by the the Polk County, Florida Deputy Sherif who conducted the major investigation of the case. Her undercover work provided clues. While the book presents fully and fairly the eveidence in the case, it can be seen that the court system failed to carry out justice fairly. There is sufficient evidence and doubt raised by the evidence presented to legally acquit Mr. Trepal. Finally, the book hints that Dr. Diana Carr, Trepal's wife may have had a part in the crime, but presents no evidence to that end. This inuendo seems to be merely the officer/author's unfounded conclusions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stoic VINE VOICE on January 24, 2011
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The "why" behind the murders in Poisoned Mind certainly is unique.

Poisoned Mind is the story of a fantastic murder in Florida in 1988. George Trepal is a certified genius and member of Mensa - but he could never find a place in the conventional world. By the late-1980s, Trepal had married a surgeon and lived his life pursuing various hobbies while his wife earned a living.

Things seemed to be going fairly well, until Trepal began to have conflicts with his working-class next-door neighbors - the Carrs. After the conflicts intensified, several of the Carrs became very sick and one member of the family died. Poisoned Mind is the story of police's attempts to bring Trepal to justice for the murders.

The best thing about Poisoned Mind is that it is an interesting story. If someone wrote this as fiction, no one would believe it. As the story progresses, there are enough "hooks" to keep the pages turning.

Police eventually decided to solve the murder by having a policewoman - Susan Goreck - go undercover and befriend the lonely Trepal. Goreck is one of the co-authors of Poisoned Mind and the book centers on her investigation. The material here isn't bad, but the reader wants to know more about George Trepal and the Carr family. Instead, the reader learns the details of Goreck's investigation, which - at times - just aren't that interesting. Another issue is that, at 370 pages, Poisoned Mind is about 100 pages too long.

In short, Poisoned Mind is a solid, true crime book about a fantastic case from Florida. It's not great, but true crime fans will enjoy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 20, 2008
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Do you know who your neighbors are? This book is one of the reasons I don't like having neighbors. I was 14 years old when I first read this book; I am now 23. I have read this book over 100 times and I can pick it up and reread it. I love this book! Sissy was my Aunt at one time and the story of what had happened was true. This book goes inside the mind of George and show the true side of him, a cold blooded killer. I recommend this book for everyone to read as it shows you that you don't really know what your neighbors are capable of until it is too late.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1999
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A thorough, clear, well-written book of an unusual case. As a member of the same Mensa chapter, I have talked with people who knew him and something about the case, and there is some distortion - among other things, the victim's family caused neighbor problems well beyond just playing music loud, and Trepal's wife seemed just as suspicious - but the book accurately shows how courageous and Herculean efforts by police can bring people to justice for even superbly planned crimes.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By danielhilburn@webtv.net on August 22, 1998
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This book does an very good job in detailing the events surrounding the most bizarre true murder case I can recall. The story is told by the police detective who went undercover- as a fellow mensa member- to crack this case. Since I do not want to give away any of the surprising twists and turns of this book (i.e., the case itself), let me just say that this story could very easily be described as a case study in moral evil. A must read.
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By Ky on March 8, 2014
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another good one..not alot of court stuff which i love!! kept me interested all the way through..story told do read
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By Sandra on January 5, 2014
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This is an excellent account of a murder investigation. I only occasionally read true crime books - like maybe one or two in the last five years. This one I could not put down until I finished it. Excellent description of a unique case, the investigation, and the personalities involved. Had I not been looking for a book on this particular case, I might have overlooked it due to "judging a book by it's cover" in that it just looks like a typical thriller or something. But it is truly a great non-fiction read.
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