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Publisher's Summary

The first edition of Greentown helped reopen one of America's most shameful unsolved murder cases, the savage slaying of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in an exclusive enclave of Greenwich, Connecticut, the night before Halloween 1975. Soon after Martha's body was discovered, attention focused on members of the Skakel family, who lived across the street from the Moxleys. Ethel Skakel and Robert Kennedy had married in Greenwich, and the two families were close. Thomas Skakel, Ethel’s nephew, was the last known person to see Martha alive. The murder weapon, a ladies' golf club, came from the Skakel household. When the Greenwich police tried to pursue its investigation, however, the community closed in upon itself. Lawyers were summoned, walls went up, information was suppressed, and no one was charged. And yet, continuing to haunt Greenwich, the case refused to go away - until, 23 years later, following the publication of this book, a grand jury was convened, and two years after that a man - Thomas' brother Michael - was finally indicted for the crime.

This revised edition now brings the Martha Moxley murder case to a close. Updated to include the indictment, trial, and conviction of the murderer, Greentown offers the suspenseful and chilling account of a terrible crime. More than that, while relating a tale of seductive power, it uses the murder to tell the heartrending story of a family and a community responding to the unthinkable.

©1998, 2011, 2013 Timothy Dumas (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Loved By a Local

I moved to Greenwich when I was in jr high and would hear about this story all the time. I remember meeting the author a few times while he was writing this book (very nice guy), and couldn’t wait to read it. I still enjoy it now, 20+ years later, as much as I did when it first came out. Excellent narration, too!

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Well done, with a few tangents

Overall, a solid effort detailing not only a murder, but also the depravity of a community too wealthy to feel it has to play by the same rules as everyone else. The book written decades ago, includes an epilogue (which is also now several years gone), and comprehensively covers the story of the Moxley Murder. If anything, it may be a bit too comprehensive, as the jaunts into the history of crime in Greenwich from colonial times, the OJ Simpson trial, and the chronicling of the supposed curses on the Skakel and Kennedy families, while informative, do tend to feel like filler as they stretch out longer and longer.

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Really enjoyed it.

I thought that the overall research was well sought after and put together .
I am not convinced he is guilty.

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Too long / confusing

Too many details on too many peripheral people ... by the time he got to the end I had no idea who was whom and the significance of who was arrested for the crime.

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not bad...

kept me awake while driving. it gets a little bit long and rambling but stayed fascinating all the way through

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greentown

this was a great read. kept you interested especially since it is a true story

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Hard to keep my interest

I know this is a true story, but listening to the narrator in a monotone voice for hours.. is old. Very hard to finish, but I wanted to finish it. As messed up as a true story it is.. still horribly tragic for Martha Moxley and her family. 😢

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would not recommend

Way to long for a story that could have been told in 2 hours. Numerous confusing and pointless side stories.

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Too much fluff

This could have been a two hour book. The story had way too many tangents.

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interesting story

Great subject, but there was quite a bit of meandering about other killers. Greenwich history. could have cut the book by 2 hrs or so. but to give the author credit, realize is really messy and all over the place, nothing falls into place as in the movies or books. you are still left wondering, if the convicted the right brother.

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  • 06-07-20

Lyrical Account of an Unsolved Murder

I am not usually moved to write book reviews but this delightful work is something of a one-off! It's both a highly personalised account of an unsolved murder and the story of a particular place through time. You don't have to know the place to enjoy the book; the author skilfully and poetically paints it for you so that it comes vividly alive in your imagination. I did have a special interest in that I lived in Connecticut for some years, though not in the affluent enclave of Greenwich! The writer has a literary, allusive and ruminative style that appeals to me strongly. It's like walking into a dream. The place and the story came alive for me through their eloquent evocation. The narrator is perfect and well-matched with the book. This is the audiobook I have enjoyed most so far and I know that I will return to it. Highly recommended!

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  • clare morrell
  • 01-16-22

Too long winded

Started off ok but soon became too long winded and intricate to concentrate on. Became fed up of rereading parts in order to make sense of it all

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  • Linda T
  • 11-27-21

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Really enjoyed this book. I hadn’t ever heard of the story. But the narrator describes it well

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  • Miss LM Emler
  • 09-10-21

Long & drawn out

Much of the book felt like padding to reach a page/word quota. Not sure why we needed so much history of the town & main players in the story. Maybe it was explained but it didn’t hold my attention enough to pick up on it. However, it’s free & I did listen until the end so not all bad.