As She Lay Sleeping

As She Lay Sleeping

A Shadowy Figure, A Brutal Murder, An Anonymous Tip. Will Justice Prevail? : A True Story

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Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead.

The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child's baseball bat an hour prior to the attack. Despite a wide search for leads and questioning some suspects, the police were unable to find anyone who matched the description and the case grew cold.

Then out of the blue, a woman contacted the police claiming her husband, Dennis Davis, shockingly revealed to her he had killed Natalie. With no DNA, no fingerprints, no eyewitness and two witnesses who refused to testify, former journalist and rookie prosecutor Mark Pryor committed to bring justice to Natalie's family. This, his first homicide case would require him to be a sleuth, investigator and prosecutor all with the deadline nipping at this heels. He vowed to do it.

As She Lay Sleeping follows the twisted and often murky criminal investigation all the way to its dramatic courtroom climax in this true crime thriller.
Publisher: Far Hills, N.J. : New Horizon Press, c2013.
ISBN: 9780882824284
Branch Call Number: 364.1523 Pryor 02/2013
Characteristics: x, 341 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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Mar 26, 2018

Having enjoyed Pryor's first three Hugo Marston novels, I decided to read his true crime story, prompted by a case he tried as an assistant district attorney in Austin, TX. The murder had gone cold when the homicide team was inundated with a rash of murders thirty years before, and this one got lost when there were no reliable eyewitnesses. But when an anonymous tip came out of nowhere, the cold case team, which hadn't existed at the time of the murder, jumped on it, and spent many months working to bring closure to the family and friends of the victim. Pryor got involved when it came closer to time to try the case, as he met the victim's son and was very impressed with him. While he'd tried cases before, this was his first murder case. It had to be tried without DNA, eyewitnesses, or fingerprints. As the cover says, could justice prevail? Pryor thought so, and took the case on. Any true crime buff should enjoy this well-written book, and learn about trial procedure in the process.

This is Mark Pryor's non-fiction work. Known for his mysteries (Bookseller, Hollow Man), this takes you behind the scenes of a prosecutor trying to solve a cold case in Austin, Texas. This is a fascinating read, and gives you a glimpse into Pryor's other day job as an Austin Assistant DA. Recommended by James


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