Unanswered Cries: A True Story Of Friends, Neighbors, And Murder In A Small Town

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Overview

The fatal night

On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer—a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom.

The desperate search

Detectives frantically sifting through the evidence were tormented by one disturbing ...

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Overview

The fatal night

On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer—a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom.

The desperate search

Detectives frantically sifting through the evidence were tormented by one disturbing question after another: What did the strangely worded note from a friend mean? Why was the house so orderly, when it had been the scene of a frenzied struggle? Why were the bloody footprints on the carpet barefoot? What happened to the white lace teddy missing from Karen's drawer?

The shattering discovery

Police detective Larry Tosi stayed up nights watching the video of the grisly crime scene, looking for the one telltale clue that would lead him to Karen's killer—until slowly, and with growing horror, he realized that the maniac he was hunting was someone he knew...someone he called a friend.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"As through Raymond Carver or James M. Cain had moved into the true crime genre."—Jack Olsen, author of Hastened to the Grave

One of the those books that won't let go...I defy anyone to get halfway and put it down."—Darcy O'Brien, author of Murder in Little Egypt

"A story filled with dark truths about ourselves and our neighbors." —Carlton Stowers, author of Careless Whispers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250008763
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1992
  • Pages: 402
  • Sales rank: 992,355
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

THOMAS FRENCH has been a journalist for three decades. For most of that time, he worked as a reporter at the St. Petersburg Times, where he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. He now teaches journalism at Indiana University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    One of the best true crime books written

    I have read upwards of 100 true crime books over the years, ranging from poor to excellent. This is among the five BEST I have read and is considered a "classic" of its kind. Well written, with a lot of compassion for the victim and her family and friends. Will keep you on the edge of your seat better than any fiction thriller-it's only a shame that the story is true and this poor woman is dead. Yes, think twice before you immediately trust your neighbor!!!

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    Needs to be proofred

    Pretty good book and storyline. Sometimes a little long. There were a lot of missing words and typos that should have been fixed before publication.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Atrocious editing, okay story

    The storyline of this book was okay, no surprises. If you like accounts of trials, then you will like this book.

    The very annoying part was that approximately 100 pages of this 300 page book were duplicates. I can't tell you what page it started on but you're in the middle of the wife's testimony when suddenly you are back to before the trial. I had to forward to page 268 to resume the story.

    I am getting really tired of the awful editing in the bargain books. This was the worst one and it also had lots of missing or misused words. Is this why they are a bargian, no editing?

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

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    Very Sad Mystery of Murder

    After reading this book i was left feeling incredibly uncomfortable in my own home. The location of this crime is such a tight community it is hard to believe that something like this can happen.

    The writer sometimes skipped around too much in the chapters and at times it was hard to get through and figure out where he was going. I would have preferred sticking to the facts and divulging into one character at a time.

    My heart went out to the poor family and friends of Karen Gregory who were so mistreated by the justice system and clearly abused by the defense council in ways that made the pain always raw.

    Overall the book was a good read.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    So compelling-- angers me how flawed justice system is!!

    I loved this book. It truly made my heart "bleed" for the victim and her friends and family. I cannot imagine how Tosi must have felt as he relentlessly searched for the truth about his "friend." I was amazed at how Karen's supporters fought against all the odds; how David was able to be so rational and calm in his urging with police and detectives to not give up!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

    great read

    Great book. I couldn't put it down. Keeps your interest throughout the whole book. The book is written well with great detail. The fact that it is a true story makes it all the more riveting. The author writes with such detail you can "see" the murder scene, as well as all the characters, as you follow the story. Great read..

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2004

    Five stars!

    The best true-crime book I've ever read. Highly recommended.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2004

    Incredible!

    This was one of the most gruesome and devastating books that I have read. It was so mind blowing, I could not put it down for more than five minutes. I know I was scared after reading it during the night, in the dark. Never trust your neighbor too much!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    You never really know who you can trust......

    This book will have you looking at neighbors twice before you even think about trusting them and letting them into your home. While reading this book I can tell you, that you will be scared.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Pretty good read

    This is a good, interesting true story. My only complaint is that about 2/3 of the way through the book, it skipped back several chapters & I had to page through to find where the story restarted in the right place. Minor problem.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    One scary book!

    I guarantee that you will not put this book down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2004

    Absolutely the best true crime story I have ever read

    This Story deals with the victim's family and friends, and the reality of the emotional turmoil the investigation and the trial cause them........Bravo Thomas French

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2010

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    Real life suspense

    Incredibly well researched and very readily account of a brutal murder and the investigation and trial that followed. I couldn't put it down. The characters are richly portrayed without judgment leaving the reader to draw his own conclusions.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2014

    excellent book, couldn't put it down.

    excellent book, couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Very good

    Sad story but well written.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Sad story but beautifully written. Story allowed the reader to understand how this very tragic and horrifc crime affected family and friends on both sides.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Very tragic, very interesting

    It's hard to imagine the number of people who ignored the cries of this young woman as she was being murdered, and it's even harder to understand how the killer could be right under the community and the police's noses w/out them figuring it out for such a long time. This lady's death was both tragic and a product of racism, while the amount of time it took the police to apprehend the obvious killer was due to assumptions they made about a guy who everyone thought was such a good neighbor -- when in fact this man who killed her was the very embodiment of racism and hidden evil living right next door. Extremely interesting story that outlines just how far police procedures have come in 20 years. Well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    No pictures

    Interesting, very detailed regarding the trial. I would have enjoyed some pictures though

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    Excellent

    This is the best true crime book I've read in a long time! Mr. French was extremely thorough and fair to all sides in his presentation of the facts in this case. I truly could not put it down! I wish he would write some more true crime books. He is right up there with Ann Rule in my opinion. I felt like I knew all the players in this sad tale. I am so glad that Lewis will be behind bars, likely, for the rest of his life, although if it had been me, I would have voted for death. My prayers go out to Karen Gregory's family and friends and to George Lewis's family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    Violetsongs story chapter 10

    "Violetpaw i now pronounce you Violetsong!" Yowled the new leader Graystar. Violetsong stood proudly as the clan yelled her name. Her sister Hazeleye and friend Bearflight also looked proud and strong. Happiness swelled inside her and she felt invincible. Weeks passed on normally until one night. It was humid amd the sun set many colors casting long shadows and glows across the forest. Violetsong felt lazy and free. Suddenly sparkledusts mew rose abive the others. " Lets exercise. Would any one care to join me for a nice swim ?Hazeleye?" Violetsong watched her sister uncertainly stamd up. Slowly other warriors did too and Violetsong joined them as they started for the lake. The lale was nearly visibke from camp. Sparkledust nudged Hazeleye foward. "After you my dear " When Hazeleye was reluctant Sparkledust practically shoved the hazel shecat in. Hasleye shrieked in suprise and tried to paddle but the current was fastef and she was swept down stream her head barely abive the rapids. " Help!" She cried. " Hazel!" Cried Violet. Warriors jumped in and swam effortlessly . Violetsing waded in. She watched Falcontail close his jaaws on hazeleyes neck and drag her ashore onto the pebbles. " Hazel? Hazel! My Sister!" Violetsong nudged the shecat. " Is she........" Falcontail nodded. " Im sorry" Pain surged through violetsong. Then grief anguish and anger. She whirled around to face sparkledust. " You!"

    0 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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