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  • The Sting

  • The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe's Killer
  • By: Kate Kyriacou
  • Narrated by: Adam Fitzgerald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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The Sting

By: Kate Kyriacou
Narrated by: Adam Fitzgerald
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Publisher's Summary

The book that inspired the feature film The Stranger (Netflix), starring Joel Edgerton and Sean Harris.

The disappearance of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe was one of the most heartbreaking and confounding child abduction and murder cases of the century, spanning almost a decade prior to the eventual arrest of known pedophile Brett Peter Cowan, one of the original persons of interest.

The story of the police sting that resulted in his confession reads like crime fiction, featuring an elaborately staged fake crime gang run by a 'Mr Big' that lured Cowan in with the promise of a hefty payout.

The Sting takes you on a journey behind Australia's most sensational undercover bust, revealing extraordinary new details. It is a shocking insight into one of the country's most evil killers, and the operation that brought him down.

©2022 Kate Kyriacou (P)2022 Bonnier Books UK

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Driven to listen & to keep listening!

How can one say they “enjoyed” listening to such an emotional heart wrenching story … but driven to listen & keep listening was how I found myself. The account is well written and incredibly well performed & no! I did not “enjoy “ it but I am so pleased I listened to it and have recommended it to others. RIP Daniel

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A heartbreaking tale but I couldn't stop listening

This book has to be one of the best written in regards to Australian True Crime.
Despite the story being very well known the book was extremely informative and interesting.
I ended up finishing it in around 2 days as I couldn't stop listening.
The author did an amazing job and was very respectful to Daniel and his family.
Well written, well narrated. 10 out of 10.

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couldn't stop listening

RIP Daniel, you will never be forgotten, the narrator is fantastic, amazing book.

well done to the detectives.

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So hard to listen to but SO IMPORTANT to read especially if you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, godparent or grandparent.

Well written, not grotesque with detail. Denise and Bruce Morcombe, the police and all the heroes in this book are amazing

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Excellent book

Best audio book I've ever listened to. Couldn't put it down. Aussie narrator was awesome ! Best narration I've come across and I've been doing audible for a several years now. Really added to the characters in this portrayal. Could comment more about the details of the operation and the criminal but suffice to say brilliantly done in this audio book. Highly recommended.

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Best book I have listened to!

I have listened to a lot of books on Audible but never have a listened to one this quick! I thought I knew this story but I pleasantly surprised! Best Audible I have listened to in over a year.

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Fantastic Read

I loved this book, could put it down.
So well researched. I can not believe our justice system allowed that monster out to be able to harm Daniel.

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Disturbingly Compelling

You ride an emotional roller coaster when you listen to this book. It’s tragic, brutally frank and absolutely compelling.

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Excellent. Perfect for a podcast junkie

This is so well written and delivered. A heartbreaking story that is so damn interesting. Loved the insight in to the work behind the scenes to catch this killer. Just brilliant.

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Well written true story

A very sad true crime story with a successful outcome for the perpetrator - remains overwhelmingly sad for Daniel’s family.

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