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Product Details

  • Paperback: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612960944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612960944
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,680,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Carol Marrs Phipps on October 31, 2014
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I cannot imagine the kind of life author Roy Murry has lived, but fortunately for me I don't have to. Mr. Murry does an outstanding job of describing his erstwhile adventures as every thing from a 5th Special Forces' Green Beret to a person under the protecton of the U.S. Governmenat's Witness Protection Program.

More specifically, Murry's book is about how and why he inadvertantly became a major player in the theft of Audubon's Bird's of America prints from Mr. Audubon's art gallery in Key West, Florida.

Murry relates his recollectons and experiences with a great deal of candor in this creative non-fiction tale. The Audubon Caper is a hair-raising, eye-opening story that you simply won't want to miss, particularly if you desire an inside glimpse into how one of our intelligence agencies conducts some of its covert operations.

I very much enjoyed the Audubon Caper and recommend it highly.

Carol Marrs Phipps, Author of Elf Killers and The heart of the Staff Series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Uvi Poznansky on January 7, 2015
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This story, according to its writer, is "factual and written in a literary style to the best of my knowledge." This tension between truth and imagination is something all good writers see as their challenge. Alternating between past and present, this thriller offers a taste of sex, drugs, art theft (of the remarkable birds prints by the artist John James Audubon), and governmental conspiracy. The life of the author himself comes into view, in a recording that is loosely autobiographical. It described from being a passionately patriotic 5th Special Forces' Green Beret to coming under the protection of the Witness Protection Program

Who was the mastermind behind the theft of the Audubon folios? Read the book and make up your own mind. Your guess is as good as mine! And if you remain unsure, then perhaps this is why the story lingers in your mind, still in search of a clear resolution.

Five stars.

This book was sent to me gratis for an unbiased review.
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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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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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