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Omaha, Nebraska, 1978.

Sandy Johnson was in shock. Her husband, Duane, and young daughter, Sherrie, were violently ill when word arrived that her infant nephew just died of mysterious causes. Days earlier, the entire family was happy, healthy, and living the American dream. Now they were at the center of a terrifying medical crisis.

Duane soon died in a condition unlike anything the doctors had ever seen. As they raced to discover what disease or toxin could have done so much damage so quickly, Lt. Foster Burchard of the Omaha police began to suspect foul play. Sandy herself became a primary suspect, as did her ex-boyfriend Steven Harper - a man prone to violence who never got over their breakup.

In Toxic Love, investigative reporter and true crime author Tomás Guillen offers a detailed and vivid account of this baffling case from the day of the poisoning to the harrowing trial and the murderer's eventual suicide on death row.

©1995 Tomás Guillén (P)2020 Tantor

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  • 06-08-2020

Please avoid this narrator

This was such an interesting story, and I had never heard of the case before. I love medical true crime, so I thought I had won the jackpot with this book. Boy, was I wrong. The story itself is interesting, but the writer didn't do it enough justice by skimping on the psychological motivations. I don't think the author did any personal interviews for the book. The worst and irredeemable part was the narrator. He read like a 5th grader trying to sound out words. There was no inflection, pauses, or anything that resembled competence in... reading on an adult level. Please don't suffer through the agony of listening to this book.

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