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Killings

Calvin Trillin

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True stories of sudden death in the classic collection by a master of American journalism "Reporters love murders," Calvin Trillin writes in the introduction to Killings. "In a pinch, what the lawyers call 'wrongful death' will do, particularly if it's sudden." Killings, first published in 1984 and expanded for this edition, shows Trillin to be such a reporter, drawn time after time to tales of sudden death. But Trillin is attracted less by violence or police procedure than by the way the fabric of people's lives is suddenly exposed when someone comes to an untimely end. As Trillin says, Killings is "more about how Americans live than about how some of them die." These stories, which originally appeared in The New Yorker between 1969 and 2010, are vivid portraits of lives cut short. An upstanding farmer in Iowa finds himself drastically changed by a woman he meets in a cocktail lounge. An eccentric old man in Eastern Kentucky is enraged by the presence of a documentary filmmaker. Two women move to a bucolic Virginia county to find peace, only to end up at war over a shared road. Mexican American families in California hand down a feud from generation to generation. A high-living criminal-defense lawyer in Miami acquires any number of enemies capable of killing him. Stark and compassionate, deeply observed and beautifully written, Killings is "that rarity, reportage as art" (William Geist, The New York Times Book Review). Praise for Killings "What Mr. Trillin does so well, what makes Killings literature, is the way he pictures the lives that were interrupted by the murders. Even the most ordinary life makes a terrible noise . . . when it's broken off."-Anatole Broyard, The New York Times "Fascinating, troubling . . . In each of these stories is the basis of a Dostoevskian novel."-Edward Abbey, Chicago Sun-Times "The stories . . . are unforgettable. They leave us, finally, with the awareness of the unknowable opacity of the human heart."-Bruce Colman, San Francisco Chronicle "In his artful ability to conjur

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Fass

Length:

11h 8m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:00


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:16


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

01:15


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

08:26


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:50


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:10


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:50


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:09


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:33


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:14


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:22


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:51


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:49


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:37


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:35


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:39


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

09:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:39


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:57


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:02


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:37


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:31


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:43


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:24


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:52


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:35


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:58


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:29


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:56


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:28


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:34


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:40


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:34


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:25


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:21


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:53


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:34


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

07:17


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

07:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:47


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:14


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:23


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:01


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

06:50


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:25


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:24


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

08:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:50


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:46


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:19


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

08:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

08:10


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:52


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

08:51


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:01


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:01


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:07


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:30