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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.

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  • Buretto
  • 07-09-2020

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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  • Corrienary
  • 16-10-2020

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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  • leelee8888
  • 22-08-2015

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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  • horsestuff
  • 26-09-2020

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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  • Dr. Bill- Northern NJ-USA
  • 15-11-2020

A Murder Never Really Solved

After the state of Connecticut decided in October 2020 to let Michael Skakel’s case “rest in peace”- I thought this would be of interest
Martha Moxley and her dad are the only ones at peace - her mother Dorthy and her brother John and Michael Skakel’s lives have been living hell since October of 1975

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  • John Jackson
  • 27-07-2019

so many random tangents

the book would constantly break off to explain the back story of random people. it killed the flow of the narrative. maybe half the book is about the actually case. don't buy it you want to read about the crime.

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  • Natalie
  • 09-09-2016

Dissident...

I wouldn't attest to Skakel's innocence, but based on what prosecutors presented against him, there was nothing of substance to convict him on. The book was great overall, although, I felt the author was a bit biased against him toward the end. I liked his first-person documentation. That's what makes this book stand out to me.

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  • Kendra Witcher
  • 08-07-2021

disappointed

very dry. monotone. no emotion. actual story was VERY hard to follow, it kept going of on some other tangent. Will not listen to again.

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  • Jeanne in VT
  • 21-06-2021

Solved?

An interesting journey, but unsatisfactory resolution. Not the author’s fault!
Think of this more as a biography of a place, with a crime used as the point around which the story pivots. The cast of characters are simultaneously interesting and unremarkable, like most people.
The narrator did a great job with the text, which (despite the back drop of murder in a place of Society) had some very lovely turns of phrase.
Well constructed, and well written, particularly since it couldn’t wrap everything up in a neat little bow. Even if the factual conclusion leaves you hanging, the literary journey won’t.

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  • Heather V.
  • 14-06-2021

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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  • GreekGirl
  • 07-06-2020

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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