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    Joan Robinson Hill was a world-class equestrian, a glamorous member of Houston high society, and the wife of Dr. John Hill, a handsome and successful plastic surgeon. Her father, Ash Robinson, was a charismatic oil tycoon obsessed with making his daughter's every dream come true. 

    Rich, attractive, and reckless, Joan was one of the most celebrated women in a town infatuated with money, power, and fame. Then one morning in 1969, she fell mysteriously ill. The sordid events that followed comprise "what may be the most compelling and complex case in crime annals" (Ann Rule, best-selling author of The Stranger Beside Me). 

    From the elegant mansions of River Oaks, one of America's most exclusive neighborhoods, to a seedy underworld of prostitution and murder-for-hire, New York Times best-selling author Thomas Thompson tracks down every bizarre motive and enigmatic clue to weave a fascinating tale of lust and vengeance. Full of colorful characters, shocking twists, and deadly secrets, Blood and Money is "an absolute spellbinder" and true crime masterpiece (Newsweek).

    ©1976 Thomas Thompson (P)2018 Tantor

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    "This is his most assured and ambitious book so far...a drama as tight as a sudden adhesive tape over your mouth in bed. Non-decaffeinated all-night reading." (Kirkus)

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 24/10/2018

    Could not put it down

    The book and the performance was excellent. Every hour was great. All I want now, is another book as good, Thanks

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    • Mary Hirsch
    • 03/01/2019

    Classic tragedy; love, greed, power, hate

    More drama, more intense personalities, and more twists and surprises than a crime fiction masterpiece. Romance, wealth, passion, police procedural and courtroom battles are in abundance; not so much plain answers. It is a story not to be missed by crime aficionados.

    Thompson masterfully unravels a true story that is rife with complexity and side details. Some of the most puzzling elements of the story may simply have been random events, and not related to the truth of the case at all. Thompson manages to keep myriads of characters and incidents straight for the listener.

    A true tale of strong wills colliding during Houston's wide-open oil-boom years. Fiction can't match this tale.

    Some people will draw firm conclusions about guilt and innocence from this book. Others will feel that there are even deeper mysteries about what really happened to the beautiful and tragic Joan Robinson Hill, and her star-crossed husband, John Hill.

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    • Ronda
    • 28/01/2019

    Murder in a time capsule

    This was the first true crime book that I ever read, and it triggered a great interest in the genre. This book relates the events of the murder of a beloved socialite in a very young Houston, Texas. It quickly delves into the seedy underbelly of the state's criminal element. The book reflects a time in the past where civil rights were not in everyday life and the "beautiful" people bought off trouble with money. It's a sad tale for all involved- with no happy ending for anyone.
    The narrator often mispronounced names and some words, which I found distracting. It's a good listen nonetheless.

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    • jaye
    • 20/10/2018

    THIS IS A GREAT BOOK

    I WAS WAITING FOR THIS BOOK FOR A LONG TIME. I READ THE PHYSICAL BOOK YEARS AGO. NOW THAT I CAN'T SEE WELL ENOUGH FOR SERIOUS READING I CAN LISTEN TO IT AGAIN!

    I DID NOT CARE FOR THE NARRATOR BUT HE WAS OK. HE SEEMED TO LACK SOMETHING.

    I DO THINK THAT THE BOOK SHOULD HAVE PORTRAYED DR. HILL TO SHOW HIS TRUE NASTINESS. BUT I SUPPOSE THE BOOK WAS BEING OBJECTIVE. ANYWAY IT WAS A GOOD STORY!

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12/11/2018

    wow!

    this is an amazing story . agree with previous writer that narrator voice is a bit off putting but we'll worth the read. surprise ending

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    • James Berns
    • 11/11/2018

    Great Read

    Started slow but with a purpose. Excellent true crime story. Would highly recommend it for all true crime enthusiasts.

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    • Papabri
    • 24/03/2020

    Fantastic story, expertly written

    I had enjoyed the book years ago in hardback, and revisiting it in 2020 has been a real treat. Thompson does an excellent job of getting into all the details of the characters. You'd think this story could only be science fiction, except for the fact that it's all true. Thompson weaves t all together so very well. If only the narration were better...

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    • TemperPolk
    • 14/06/2019

    The narration! Nooooo...

    Unfortunately the narration killed it for me and I ended up abandoning this one. The story is interesting enough but I couldn’t get over the narrators cadence. If you’re a fan of the voiceovers from old 40s and 50s newsreels, then you’ll enjoy it. Alas, I’m not a fan.

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    • maggie may
    • 05/12/2018

    Fascinating people and story throughout!! !

    I hated finishing this book so much that I kept going back to reread so that the end kept getting farther away-true story!!

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    • tammy
    • 17/07/2020

    Very unsatisfactory ending

    You would think after 21 hours, there would be some closure or clarification to what happened to the true mastermind behind the final killing. This book never explains why he was never charged in this case. You can assume money and power but this is never really explored. The narrator was so bland and matter of fact that it sounded more like a news report than a passionate true crime murder. I wouldn't wast a credit or your time.

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