Book Review: A Talent to Deceive

TW: kidnapping, death of child

I vaguely recalled the details of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping before reading A Talent to Deceive, but there’s so much more to the case than I realized.

A Talent to Deceive is a good piece of investigative journalism. William Norris does a great job of telling the story of the Lindbergh baby and subsequent trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann. Norris shows the clear imbalance of power between one of the time’s most lauded citizens and a German immigrant with few friends.


Norris offers a new potential suspect in the murder of the Lindbergh baby, and provides compelling evidence to back up his theory. If the authorities had not been hindered in their investigation by Lindbergh and others, would an innocent man have been spared?


Tom Beyer provides a great performance in the audio recording. His accents are well-done and do not distract from the reading. I would listen to more audiobooks narrated by Tom Beyer.
Overall, I was pleased with this investigative work.

I received a copy of this audiobook for free via NetGalley, and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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