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  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612960944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612960944
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,970,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I enjoyed reading The Audubon Caper by R. Murry and I highly recommend it.
Larry B. Gray
Murry has written a good book here with plenty to excite and interest the reader and adding reality to the story.
Mrs. F. H. Mortimer
One of the greatest things about this book is that it's based on a true story.
Tess

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tess on July 20, 2012
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R. Murry's The Audubon Caper is a fast-paced story. There are so many things going on in this creative non-fiction tale. One of the greatest things about this book is that it's based on a true story. I kept thinking about that as I read, noting that definitely truth can be stranger than fiction. Murry's writing lets us really get to know him. He's frequently very open about his thoughts and feelings throughout the tale, something I really enjoyed. We see him get caught up in drugs, booze, and sex, very fitting for the `60s/`70s scene--yet he graduates from college and accomplishes a lot, such as surviving Viet Nam and a number of other military feats.

The story keeps us on our toes, shifting from the present and going into the past, and around again. Murry tells us one of the reasons he gets involved in stealing the Audubon paintings is because of being loosened up by cocaine and scotch. His rich college buddy van Zandt ends up roping Murry into the theft by using the powers of friendship. In addition, Murry has vowed to van Zandt's father to keep an eye on him, keeping him out of prison. We see Murry getting in way over his head and that's before we learn about the big named mafia guys who are connected to van Zandt.

Much of the story takes place in Key West, where the theft and the trial take place. Murry's colorful description of Key West is well done, as are his noting of details of his characters, giving us a rundown of what they wear and drink. We get a really good historical sense of the significance of the Audubon paintings, something Murry does well. It's also fascinating how easily these artistic treasures are taken.

Dancing with the FBI is one of the best parts of the story.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Roy Murry, Author on April 5, 2012
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For Georgie, who has no computer: He read it during three seating on the bathroom throne.

The book is a page turner. I enjoyed the character development, the use of going back in time while taking the trip to court. Watching the story develop through the eyes of the star witness, who was on the hot seat, was well done.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M.A. Stanley on October 17, 2013
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This is a complicated story with a lot of moving pieces. Life after Nam was extremely difficult for those that served, but for Roy it was a case of "be careful what you wish for", he wanted adventure... he got it. Love, sex, drugs, friendship (gone bad), intrigue and everything in between. The story is a bit slow in the beginning, but then you simply cannot put it down! Is it all true? I can't be sure, but regardless, it's a page turner worth every word!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 23, 2012
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The Audubon Caper is a fascinating novel. The author has told a story which includes sex and violence which Murry writes with a flair.I particually liked his style of writing which gently pulls the reader along throughout the story, One has a certain sympathy with the main protaganist who having served his country once is called upon to serve it again. I read this novella at one sitting and throughly enjoyed it. I shall be looking out for more novels from this exciting talent.....The Audubon Caper: Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure
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“The Audubon Caper: The Untold Story of the Theft of an American Treasure” by Roy Murry is a thriller set in the grey area somewhere between speculative fiction and fictionalised non-fiction. According to the afterword some characters are real while others are added.
This creates a very fascinating and engaging pull into the story about art theft and governmental conspiracy. A Vietnam Veteran, Roy, becomes with the more ‘fast-lane’ fellow student Forrest and together they get involved in sex and drugs and crime before getting into bigger schemes.
Not knowing the history of the events that are real helped to fully get into the suspenseful story. As piece of fiction it is a great thriller that delves deep into the characters and their lives and motives. As speculation it is sound and credible. A very enjoyable book.
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By Robert on July 11, 2014
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SEX, DRUGS, ROCK AND ROLL, AND THE CHOICE BETWEEN what one perceives as the easy life or working. Welcome to Florida in the flash days, easy money, friends that are only users, and a fast track to jail. I enjoyed the Audubon Caper, the fact it is based on a true crime made it that much more interesting. Mr. Murry writes crisply and the pace will keep you on the edge of your chair. Without giving anything away if you like stories of capers you will enjoy this book. Who at one time did not want to do something a little on the wrong side of the law?
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In the late 70's, John James Audubon's Birds of America original prints were stolen from the Audubon House museum in Key West. This book is the somewhat autobiographical story of the Vietnam War veteran who was manipulated by both the art thief ringleader tied in with the mob and the FBI seeking to infiltrate and break up the art theft/drug smuggling band into becoming a part of the plot. The author writes his tale totally from his prospective in a matter-of-fact style bouncing between the events leading up to the actual robbery/recovery and the trip from his home in Witness Protective Custody to the trial to give his damaging testimony while under a million dollar hit list bounty. The tale is interesting, suspenseful at times, and critical to both the criminals and the justice system, but does not have any supportive details outside of the writer's perspective to fill in the complete story. Still, a very interesting view of justice, society and politics in the 70's.
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