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From a New York Times–bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted. A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult. From a New York Times–bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted. A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult.   When Larry’s body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa was already gone. In a red convertible Jaguar, her brown hair dyed blond, Mrs. McNabney was speeding toward a new life in Florida—and a brand new identity.   Who was Elisa McNabney? Beautiful, seductive, and ruthless, she had thirty-eight aliases and a rap sheet a mile long. Carlton Smith, coauthor of the true crime classic The Search for the Green River Killer, reveals one shocking surprise after another in this harrowing tale of broken vows and deadly betrayal.  


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From a New York Times–bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted. A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult. From a New York Times–bestselling journalist: The story of the murder of a California attorney at the hands of the lethally cunning wife he never doubted. A wealthy and well-connected legal ace and the proud owner of a champion show horse, Larry McNabney had every reason to love his life. But when he disappeared in September 2001, his wife, Elisa, claimed he joined a cult.   When Larry’s body was found in a shallow grave three months later, Elisa was already gone. In a red convertible Jaguar, her brown hair dyed blond, Mrs. McNabney was speeding toward a new life in Florida—and a brand new identity.   Who was Elisa McNabney? Beautiful, seductive, and ruthless, she had thirty-eight aliases and a rap sheet a mile long. Carlton Smith, coauthor of the true crime classic The Search for the Green River Killer, reveals one shocking surprise after another in this harrowing tale of broken vows and deadly betrayal.  

30 review for Cold-Blooded: A True Story of Love, Lies, Greed, and Murder

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

    Didn't like. This was much longer than it needed to be. This was partially because the author insisted on including his thoughts and speculations on the case. These because incredibly repetitive towards the end. There was one fact, the possible dates of her poisoning him (three days), that was repeated like 20 times in one short chapter. I wanted to scream at his editor. Another thing I didn't like was his portrayal of Elisa. He actually said that he couldn't help but love her and it's like -- du Didn't like. This was much longer than it needed to be. This was partially because the author insisted on including his thoughts and speculations on the case. These because incredibly repetitive towards the end. There was one fact, the possible dates of her poisoning him (three days), that was repeated like 20 times in one short chapter. I wanted to scream at his editor. Another thing I didn't like was his portrayal of Elisa. He actually said that he couldn't help but love her and it's like -- dude, why? He actually listed her as one of the victims. This woman wasn't tragic. She was beautiful, sure, but she wasn't tragic. She didn't come from a broken or bad home. She made mistakes and basically ripped off literally everyone, but her actual kids. She couldn't stop ripping people off, even on the run. And she killed someone! She married this ubber wealthy and successful man, and all she had to do was not rip people off and her life would've been set. Parish the thought of that though! But she's beeeeeautiful so it makes her traaaaagic. God, her poor kids and his poor kids. Even Sarah was more too pity that that monster. FFS. This is why I hate author's opinions in true crime books. It always sets me on edge.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Richard Karns

    I read a lot of true crime and this one I found hard to put down. I also found a TV Movie called The Lies My Mother Told Me which is based on the story and rented it from NetFlix. I haven't watched it yet but from what I've gathered from reading reviews it follows the story very closely. I read a lot of true crime and this one I found hard to put down. I also found a TV Movie called The Lies My Mother Told Me which is based on the story and rented it from NetFlix. I haven't watched it yet but from what I've gathered from reading reviews it follows the story very closely.

  3. 5 out of 5

    RA Ratterman

    A good overview of the events and crime, filled with interesting details and information. Read for personal interest, having known the Dutras for years and years. Sarah is out of prison... and life goes on. I found this book's contents helpful and inspiring. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast. A good overview of the events and crime, filled with interesting details and information. Read for personal interest, having known the Dutras for years and years. Sarah is out of prison... and life goes on. I found this book's contents helpful and inspiring. Overall, a good book for the researcher and enthusiast.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Not very well written, and the organization of the story was terrible. Repetitive, with spoilers that aren't explained until later in the book, but certainly not in chronological order. Also, lazy in the research. A mess. Not very well written, and the organization of the story was terrible. Repetitive, with spoilers that aren't explained until later in the book, but certainly not in chronological order. Also, lazy in the research. A mess.

  5. 5 out of 5

    WM PHILHOWER RN

    Good read Good reading, but slow with too many details. This review format is a PITA , x 3 . with details

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sue Tuza

    Riveting! The story was really incredible. It’s hard to believe this is a true story rather than a fictional one. The book was well-written and the author took a very complicated story and made it easy to understand. A fascinating look into some very twisted lives.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lorie

    Comprehensive account of a preventable tragedy Very well written account concerning a chain of events that might never have happened had the courts, probation offices and law enforcement done their job properly to begin with. This woman slipped through the cracks and the agencies that should have been there to prevent it, fell completely short. Smith wrote a comprehensive account of the tragedy that befell those who were unfortunate enough to remain in the site of this selfish and greedy woman.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashlyn Thibodeaux

    Very interesting I enjoyed the story. I really don’t care for how the point of view kept jumping. Also how you learn of what happened prematurely. I never cared for a story written not in order of the actual timeline of events. Having said that, it is still an interesting read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    G. Goodson

    Confusing ! If you like reading the same thing over and over, just in different chapters, this is the book for you. Who called this guy a writer? Not worth the $1.99 price.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Boyer-Kelly

    With a decent editor, this book could have easily chopped out about 100 pages and would have been the better for it. This is an interesting case in which a woman named Laren spends her entire life going around stealing from people, ends up marrying a semi-well-off lawyer named Larry, bleeds him dry, then gets her 'best friend' to help her kill him. That is, of course, the quick summary. While I do like lengthy novels and backstory, this one just simply had too much repetitive backstory and unint With a decent editor, this book could have easily chopped out about 100 pages and would have been the better for it. This is an interesting case in which a woman named Laren spends her entire life going around stealing from people, ends up marrying a semi-well-off lawyer named Larry, bleeds him dry, then gets her 'best friend' to help her kill him. That is, of course, the quick summary. While I do like lengthy novels and backstory, this one just simply had too much repetitive backstory and uninteresting details to keep the pace going. Laren/Elisa is an interesting killer because she's so engrained in Larry's life. Before Larry marries her, it is actually revealed to him that she has skimmed around $140,000 out of a legal account he maintains for cases. That is not chump change! Rather than become furious, fire her, have her sent to jail, and try to get that money back he... marries her? Honestly, I don't know how all of the terrible women out there get away with this type of crap AND get married to the guy AND then continue to destroy their life. In fairness, this was wife #5 for Larry, so clearly Larry has his issues. Eventually, the legal practice is getting ground into the dirt (again, the stealing money could be part of this problem, duh) and suddenly Larry and Elisa are in the horse showing business. It is an expensive business (ask my horses who are expensive and are retired from doing anything other than being cute) and again, suddenly there are all kinds of hints that Elisa is stealing from Larry. He does nothing. Then, Larry goes missing on September 11, 2011. I know, a lot was going on that day, so maybe Larry really did just take off to go "join a cult." Alright, when you plan to murder someone and your excuse is they just left... maybe make it more plausible. He left to retire to the Bahamas. He left because he was enraged about the terrorist attacks and said he was going to help in New York. He decided to take up sailing around the world. Very, very low on that list of "possibly believable" things is... "he said he was going to join a cult." That's just... oddly specific in a way that seems false. Anyhoo... no one is surprised when Larry's body is later found semi-buried (great job ladies, not) in a vineyard. It isn't hard to get both Sara (Elisa's 'best friend') and Elisa talking. Phew. This one is a roller coaster that could have been told in far fewer pages and still been entertaining. I do think that Smith is a good writer, in the sense that the parts she nails, she nails well. However, about halfway through the book you start to see a lot of repetition entering the chapters. You end up seeing a lot of speculation. It just loses steam and its really, really hard to get into the story. After reading this, I did a quick internet search for more information (since this case was not familiar to me) and found that there is more coverage of this story on shows like Dateline and such, and they do a swifter job of summarizing everything. Would definitely give this author another chance. Just found that this book had some unnecessary filler that bogged up the pleasurable true-crime reading adventure I was on.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Imani

    The way this was written, the chronology of events was really tough to follow. It also reads more like a report, than a story. A clinical recounting of facts, rather than a deep dive into very backgrounds of Larry, Elisa and Sarah, who all made devastating life-altering choices that I am not sure this retelling explains. Is it that no-one knows the answers, or simply that the writer did not uncover them, during whatever research he did?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Tackabery

    This is an interesting case, told completely backwards. I believe Smith attempted to create suspense and a surprise ending, but the perpetrator was visible through his clumsy prose because he kept her in plain sight; of course she's on the cover of the book as well. Sigh. I'm done reading this kind of crap. I hope. This is an interesting case, told completely backwards. I believe Smith attempted to create suspense and a surprise ending, but the perpetrator was visible through his clumsy prose because he kept her in plain sight; of course she's on the cover of the book as well. Sigh. I'm done reading this kind of crap. I hope.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nicki Kendall

    ⭐⭐An interesting read about a crime I wasn't familiar with. It's always interesting what motivates people to kill and how they justify their crimes. It amazed me that the people concerned thought they would get away with it. #carltonsmith #coldbooded #tea_sipping_bookworm #goodreads #greatreads #truecrime #litsy#amazonkindle #bookqueen #bookstagram #storygraph ⭐⭐An interesting read about a crime I wasn't familiar with. It's always interesting what motivates people to kill and how they justify their crimes. It amazed me that the people concerned thought they would get away with it. #carltonsmith #coldbooded #tea_sipping_bookworm #goodreads #greatreads #truecrime #litsy#amazonkindle #bookqueen #bookstagram #storygraph

  14. 5 out of 5

    Robert D Grady

    Gripping Tale and Attention Grabbing It was hard to put this book down. The story was very well written, background and details were interesting, and the overall story was gripping on what happened. It's scary on how little you actually can know someone or in this case don't really know them. If you enjoy true life crime stories, you will enjoy reading this author. Gripping Tale and Attention Grabbing It was hard to put this book down. The story was very well written, background and details were interesting, and the overall story was gripping on what happened. It's scary on how little you actually can know someone or in this case don't really know them. If you enjoy true life crime stories, you will enjoy reading this author.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    The writing was bland and repetitive, and the presentation of the same facts over and over confused much of the issue with jumping between timelines. I only finished because I wanted to know the outcome of the case, not because I was enjoying the book itself.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ann Smith

    TMI: There are at least three books within this title. I liked the story but I did not appreciate the detailed accounts of every major/minor character ... down to and including the classes they took in high school and college! You will find yourself skipping pages also 😴

  17. 5 out of 5

    Robi A

    Gripping Local Headlines Back Then Residing in the Reno area during the time of This McNabney Murder, I read this with interest. Many facts I had never heard before and very interesting. Great editing and pace.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul Mashack

    This was an audiobook, and maybe my attention was diverted while working and maybe I wasn't able to follow the full story. Maybe I need to give it another whirl and pay closer attention. As some who lived in Reno for a year, I did enjoy learning about the city's history. This was an audiobook, and maybe my attention was diverted while working and maybe I wasn't able to follow the full story. Maybe I need to give it another whirl and pay closer attention. As some who lived in Reno for a year, I did enjoy learning about the city's history.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Renika Jacobs

    Very boring book This book is not worth paying for. There are no pics of the victim or accomplice and it's written like a boring conversation with the author. Very boring book This book is not worth paying for. There are no pics of the victim or accomplice and it's written like a boring conversation with the author.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    This book is so akin to watching an episode of Snapped that I read it in Sharon Martin’s voice in my head. It plodded at first but made up for it once it got rolling. Greed, murder, ladies. Delish.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Interesting storyline amateurishly written.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lester B. Hart

    Greed gets ya alwayz An interesting story of a true Black Widow. Good true crime reading. I guess the truth is you really the one hour with.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Easy to Get Interested What a tale that could only be true in America. The author used a format in which the reader is allowed to know each character as much as possible.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jon Koebrick

    The facts of this story are compelling but the writing is not organized well and meanders leading to a lack of clarity.

  25. 5 out of 5

    SUSAN BRAGG

    Facinating I read true crime and I'm always surprised at how easily people kill their supposedly loved ones. I couldn't put this book down. Greed brings out evil! Facinating I read true crime and I'm always surprised at how easily people kill their supposedly loved ones. I couldn't put this book down. Greed brings out evil!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clint the Cool Guy

    20% finished, and I can’t take it anymore. A long, boring history of Las Vegas and some lawyer. Is it ever going to get to anything interesting? I don’t care anymore.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Nina D Thomas

    Listened on audiobook, it took me a while and went into a few tangents but I generally enjoyed it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Excellent book - sad story . I wonder if the entire truth will ever come out on this one !

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Wasserman

    I do not understand how people like this can evade capture for so long. This book also describes the main victim as a functioning alcoholic and the representation is excellent.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kate Spayder

    I had to stop reading it, I was so bored

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