• Eyes of a Monster

  • A Detective's Relentless Pursuit of a Serial Killer
  • By: Ron Peterson Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kyle Tait
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Schoolteacher Olivia Dare Christian was murdered in her Hampton, Virginia, apartment in 1981. Her killer left few clues and the murder went unsolved. 

Three decades later, in 2011, next-generation detective Randy Mayer re-opened Olivia's dusty cold case file and began unraveling the mystery. Mayer located a reluctant witness who was a teenager back in 1981. She recalled a suspicious man lurking outside Olivia's apartment the morning of the murder and provided a detailed description of the man. 

Detective Mayer then researched hundreds of old cases, hunting for a person who fit the description and used a similar MO. He identified a prime suspect, a Smithfield Foods employee, by then in his 60s, previously convicted of several brutal sexual assaults. Digging further, Mayer linked him to two other unsolved Hampton homicides. Was this man a serial killer?

Mayer enlisted the help of FBI agent Liza Ludovico and special prosecutor Phil Figura. Could the team uncover enough evidence to bring Olivia's murderer to justice? Could the witness from 1981 identify him? And would a jury convict in a cold case based entirely on circumstantial evidence?

©2021 Ron Peterson, Jr. (P)2022 Tantor

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A riveting, well paced true crime story

This one was well written and presented. I was really rooting for the victim’s justice, the crime was horrific. It’s well paced, not too long or drawn out. I recommend this audiobook.

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Really kept me interested

This was a really well written book. It seems A LOT of research was done. Love the narrator. He's my favorite!

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Awesome narrator!

A very well-researched true crime story set in Virginia. Narrator Kyle Tait does an awesome job with this true crime thriller.

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Killer Instinct

This is a moderately interesting account of a serial killer who manages to duck and weave his way through the justice system for decades. There is considerable repetition in the telling of the sordid tale, but not as much as in many other Audible offerings.

Narrator Kyle Tait does an ok job, except for his tendency to run through periods and jam up words from previous sentences into the next. Very confusing at times.

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unexpected emotion at the end

Not the most riveting book. I was unexpectedly overwhelmed with emotion hearing the verdict. The credits were also emotional. Random people taking time out of their lives to stand up for someone who could not.

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Love true crime, but…

This book was way too long with a great deal of repetition and unnecessary details. Enjoyed the story and happy for the ending.

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could not get into it!

this was well written, but the narrator was monotonous and stiff. I appreciated that the author didn't weigh the book down with extraneous material (like that the great great grandfather of the sister of the judges wife once ate a lemon). but I still couldn't really get into it