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Evidence of Love

A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs
Written by: John Bloom, Jim Atkinson
Narrated by: Charles Constant
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Candy Montgomery and Betty Gore had a lot in common: They sang together in the Methodist church choir, their daughters were best friends, and their husbands had good jobs working for technology companies in the North Dallas suburbs known as Silicon Prairie. But beneath the placid surface of their seemingly perfect lives, both women simmered with unspoken frustrations and unanswered desires.   

On a hot summer day in 1980, the secret passions and jealousies that linked Candy and Betty exploded into murderous rage. What happened next is usually the stuff of fiction. But the bizarre and terrible act of violence that occurred in Betty's utility room that morning was all too real.   

Based on exclusive interviews with the Montgomery and Gore families, Evidence of Love is the riveting account of a gruesome tragedy and the trial that made national headlines when the defendant entered the most unexpected of pleas: not guilty by reason of self-defense (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).   

Adapted into the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television movie A Killing in a Small Town, this chilling tale of sin and savagery will "fascinate true crime aficionados" (Kirkus Reviews).

©1983 John Bloom and James R. Atkinson (P)2019 Tantor

What the critics say

"An extraordinary book.... As compelling as the best fiction and as thorough as the best history." (Dallas Times Herald)

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Story was good but lacking in areas

Number one issue the narrator was WAY too fast he was reading the book without even pausing between sentences. Too much useless back story about the characters lives growing up but not enough about the actual crime and trial

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  • Catherine
  • 2019-06-08

But... On the Other Hand

Overall, the book was quite good. I liked the way the authors really hid the actual events of the murder to the very end but you didn’t feel you were being denied one bit of relevant context. It is a story of good people doing bad things for what may or may not be the right reasons, depending on your moral position. Lots of grey area. I like that space.

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  • leelee8888
  • 2019-01-30

FINALLY!!!

This was AWESOME! I could not stop listening! I love true crime, it’s my favorite genre and I’m a tough one to please. This book was fascinating and I had never heard of it. I really enjoyed this one .

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  • Joy VL
  • 2019-04-05

Compelling true story

Great narrator. Have to admit the description of the killing and autopsy were very difficult to hear, even for a true crime fan. Unlike other crime stories, this one stayed with me. Kind of unbelievable. I wonder what happened to all involved in the following years.

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  • Coline
  • 2019-05-15

Awesome Listen

I live in Collin County and thought I knew this story. I was wrong. It’s a great listen with details you do not want to miss.

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  • Robin K Smith
  • 2019-02-16

great listen

Loved this book! I listen to a lot of true crime and I think this is going to go in the "listen again" section if my library.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-14

Fascinating story that holds your attention.

I lived in McKinney at the time this murder happened and sat in on some of the courtroom testimony with my grandmother. This book captures all the sordid details and the fascinating workings of the psyche. It makes you really THINK about what people are really capable of. Great book and narration.

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  • JBT3
  • 2019-02-10

Excellent writing and narration. 5 stars!

I listen to/read a lot of true crime and this is one of the best.

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  • llr
  • 2019-07-21

Superb Reporting

Beyond the great reporting, the vivid characters, fine details, and construction of story presents a compelling book.

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  • Lisa
  • 2019-07-19

Great book

Was an easy listen, sure didn't end the way I expected it to. You will not regret listening!

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  • sgebhardt
  • 2019-06-28

Finally

True crime is epidemic on my library. Every One I choose is ?? This book is one of the Very best The background on all the people Involved allowed me to walk into the events Unfolding with real anticipation for what was Coming next . Highly recommend. Loved it

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