Nothing But the Night: Leopold & Loeb and the Truth Behind the Murder That Rocked 1920s America

Macmillan Audio. Sept. 2022. 10:55 hrs. ISBN 9781250870629. $26.99. CRIME
Nearly 100 years have passed since Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold committed the “original crime of the century,” when they murdered and mutilated 14-year-old Bobby Franks. The murder shocked their Chicago suburb, and eventually the nation, as did the careless attitude of the murderers, compelled by delusions of superhuman freedom from morality. King and Wilson, coauthors of The Resurrection of the Romanovs, team up again for this richly detailed and disturbing analysis of Leopold and Loeb. Through preparation, perpetration, and punishment, the authors explore each aspect of the horrific crime. From affluence to anti-Semitism, King and Wilson discuss all of the factors at play in the Franks murder, as well as other crimes the pair may have committed. Narrator Armando Riesco’s casual, somewhat conversational tone will transport listeners to the Roaring Twenties, and they may feel as though they are hearing about the sordid tragedy firsthand. Riesco’s fast-paced delivery enhances the menace of the sinister storyline.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to listeners seeking a compelling, well-researched, historical true crime presented in an in-depth and engaging manner. Recommended for fans of Erik Larson and Cara Robertson.
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