As She Lay Sleeping: A Shadowy Figure, a Brutal Murder, an Anonymous Tip, Will Justice Prevail? - A True Story

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Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead.

The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child’s baseball bat an hour prior to the attack. Despite a wide search for leads and questioning some suspects, the ...

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Overview


Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead.

The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child’s baseball bat an hour prior to the attack. Despite a wide search for leads and questioning some suspects, the police were unable to find anyone who matched the description and the case grew cold.

Then out of the blue, a woman contacted the police claiming her husband, Dennis Davis, shockingly revealed to her he had killed Natalie. With no DNA, no fingerprints, no eyewitness and two witnesses who refused to testify, former journalist and rookie prosecutor Mark Pryor committed to bring justice to Natalie's family. This, his first homicide case would require him to be a sleuth, investigator and prosecutor all with the deadline nipping at this heels. He vowed to do it.

As She Lay Sleeping follows the twisted and often murky criminal investigation all the way to its dramatic courtroom climax in this true crime thriller.

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Publishers Weekly
In 1985, Austin, TX, resident Natalie Antonetti was brutally murdered. In 1995, after years of fruitless investigation, the case was essentially closed. In 2007, an anonymous tip prompted police detective Thomas Walsh to reopen this cold case, which led him to a highly likely suspect: Antonelli's ex-boyfriend, Dennis Davis. Journalist-turned-prosecutor Pryor details every step of the affair in this riveting, meticulous reconstruction of the police investigation and subsequent trial. He draws back the curtain to reveal the magician's tricks of the courtroom, providing a compelling, intimate tale, of how justice was sought decades after the fact. While occasionally inclined to purple prose, he replays entire conversations as they happened, allowing the reader to essentially look over his shoulder. From retracing the moments of a long-ago murder, to negotiating with the judge, handling recalcitrant witnesses, and making passionate statements to the jury, Pryor moves through the case step by step like only an insider can. True crime aficionados may find his explanation of every detail a little tedious, but most readers should enjoy Pryor's cozy, accessible style and passion for justice. Agent: Ann Collette, Rees Literary Agency.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882824284
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 996,939
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Pryor is a prosecutor in Austin, Texas and holds a law degree from Duke University. His reporting credentials include a diploma from Stadbroke Journalism College in England and a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before becoming a lawyer, he was a journalist writing for newspapers in England and the United States. For ten years he covered crime beats in both countries, as well as producing special reports from Romania and Northern Ireland. He and his family reside in Austin, Texas.

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