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Publisher's Summary

A series of brutal home invasions terrified Los Angeles in 1937. They ended in Chicago a year later with the arrest of African American teenager Robert Nixon, igniting racial tensions in an already appallingly divided city.

Tortured in custody and portrayed by the press in the most lurid and flagrantly racist terms, Nixon faced an all-white jury. It would be the fastest conviction in the history of Cook County. Used as inspiration for Richard Wright’s classic social protest novel, Native Son, the case against Nixon is a still-relevant examination of bigotry, suppressed rage, and the making of a murderer.

The Brick Slayer is part of Bloodlands, a chilling collection of short addictive historical narratives from bestselling true-crime master Harold Schechter. Spanning a century in our nation’s murderous past, Schechter resurrects nearly forgotten tales of madmen and thrill-killers that dominated the most sensational headlines of their day.

©2018 Harold Schechter (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • MACXAVIER
  • 2019-03-13

DIGUSTING EXCUSE FOR A RAPIST AND MURDERER

I am so disappointed in the direction this book took when describing the trial and execution of Nixon the brick slayer. He admitted to his crimes had blood from the scenes on him had no alibi and all the brick slayings stopped after his incarceration. This book however decides the real tradegy is that the murderer rapist alleges police brutality, not the despicable crimes this man committed. the book suggest that If you are not outraged by Nixons execution and alleged mistreatment than you must be a racist kkk "white suprmecist". Nixon deserved his execution and worse. His wretched memory deserves no sympathy, and honestly if he was abused by police he deserved it for the misery his existence and crimes inflicted upon innocents. shame on you if you choose to agree with this books outrageous premise.

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  • Michael Richardson
  • 2018-12-17

loving these stories

Really good story and performance. Interesting little snapshots of history. I recommend picking up all the books in the bloobland collection.

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  • Cheryl Ann Jones
  • 2018-10-07

The Flow of Story

I loved the flow and suspense. Narration was great. I would love more of these type of audiobooks from this author.

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  • Ciarrah_withanh
  • 2018-08-28

Black Serial Killer

An important look into the rare African American male serial killer and his motives leading up to, well, snapping.

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  • Willow Star Serenity
  • 2018-08-07

Wow

This has to be my favorite of the set so far. I really want to spend hours researching about this case and learning everything I can possibly learn. I believe there is a book specifically about this case that I'd love to get ahold of and learn more about. I do fully recommend this book. I recommend all six books in this little bundle/series. Whatever you want to call it. My schedule is very busy, but I will gladly make time to research these cases!

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  • Joshua Gonzales
  • 2018-08-06

A interesting book of history

This series was pretty good. It provide insight on criminal history through the ages. There was stories that I had never heard before.

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  • Sarabi Eventide
  • 2018-08-02

Same old story

This book is entertaining but not interesting. It's about a serial murder case in the early 1900s and goes on about racism and police brutalit. The account of the murders and the investigation was fun to listen to but most black people living today sill know and experience discriminatory treatment, we don't need to be told it exists. This books seems meant for a white audience, or whoever claims they thought racism ended after slavery. I don't recommend this to anyone with knowledge of black history.

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  • BGDaddy
  • 2018-08-01

political

this book definitely has a political agenda. I didn't like the slant. the fact that we lived in a different time does not excuse these killings

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  • Admiralu
  • 2018-07-28

An Interesting Case

This was another excellent short book about a string of crimes committed by what the press dubbed The Brick Slayer. I had never heard of this story, nor the defendant, even though a major a American author had based a landmark work on this subject. It serves as both a case of racial profiling of the time and yet true. It ended a bit roughly. The narrator was excellent as before.

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  • Sarah Scott
  • 2018-07-20

Love the narration!

Steven Weber is amazing on these books! Please keep doing audiobooks. I felt like I was in the courtroom!