Best selling author Jeffrey A. Cohen recently posted this review of my book, Murder in the Family. I love praise.
MURDER IN THE FAMILY
book review by Jeffrey A. Cohen.
"One reads MURDER IN THE FAMILY demanding justice from the very first page, and knowing justice will never be enough. Exceedingly well written and humanely rendered, it is the story of an unspeakable crime and heartbreaking tragedy: the brutal, sexually sadistic murders of a mother and her two young daughters in their home. The reconstruction of the crime itself, the investigation leading to a family member, and the trial of the unrepentant psychopathic killer are all masterfully and compellingly handled. And nothing is lost, not the brutality of the crimes or the suffering of the victims; not the anguish of their loved ones left behind; not the cruel and petty narcissism of the killer; and not the emotional impact on the community and all those involved in the investigation and trial. This is a book about human tragedy, loss and evil. No one mentioned in its pages will ever be the same, and those whose lives were stolen will always be loved and remembered--Barer shows us this clearly."
Although Murder in the Family first came out in 2000, I'm thrilled that it continues to sell well, and receives such glowing reviews.
I hope folks enjoy my next book, FATAL BEAUTY, as much as they did Murder in the Family.
Sunday was the Greek Festival - place was packed, it was hot as Hades, and I'm still tasting feta and olives.
Monday? Perhaps Santa Barbara for a change of pace.
Bob Yerbury is one of the most famous homicide detectives in America, and was featured prominently in my book HEAD SHOT.
His cases are fascinating and often shocking - We will discuss many of them this Saturday 2pm on True Crimes on Outlaw Radio. You can listen live by clicking this link,
Among the notable homicide cases Tacoma police detective Bob Yerbury has investigated:
# Jonathan Perkins, 30. The Fort Lewis Army sergeant was fatally shot in his bed Dec. 29, 1987. His wife and her lover were convicted in the murder-for-hire case. The wife had promised to split the proceeds of her husband’s insurance policy with the gunman.
# Kathleen Daneker, 40. She died of cyanide poisoning Feb. 11, 1991, two days after taking a Sudafed capsule to relieve a sinus headache. The investigation later revealed that she was one of two people who died after they took altered capsules.
# Joseph Meling of Tumwater was convicted in federal court of tampering with medicine bottles in stores to mask his scheme to kill his wife. She lived, but Daneker and a Lacey man died.
# Robert Carl Henry, 33. A masked gunman fatally shot the businessman on Sept. 11, 1995, in the parking lot of North Coast Electric Co. For more than five years, Yerbury worked the case and traced a distinctive shotgun through a chain of owners. The last was Larry Shandola, who was convicted in Henry’s slaying.
# Julie Ann Maroni, 27. She was fatally shot July 8, 1998, during an attempted carjacking in a South Tacoma motel parking lot. Three men were convicted in the slaying. Information developed during the investigation led to convictions in a double homicide in Seattle. Duane Seraile, one of the men convicted and sentenced to life in prison in Maroni’s death, also was convicted in the 1997 slayings in Seattle.
Yerbury can’t say exactly how many killings he’s been the lead investigator on, but when he testifies in court he says he’s been to about 500 homicide scenes in his years as a detective. He has only a handful of unsolved cases, most notably the 1998 slaying of Linda Tran and her two children and the fiery explosion that destroyed their Salishan house.
“That one is just kind of haunting,” he said. “It’s a very good family, very good people.”
In the criminal justice community, Yerbury is praised for his thoroughness and determination.
“Bob doesn’t give up,” said Jim Bridston, a retired Tacoma police detective who was Yerbury’s partner for six years in the homicide unit. “He will follow whatever he can follow as far as he can follow it.”
Prosecutors and fellow detectives can cite many murder cases that ended in convictions thanks to Yerbury’s hard work. For example, in 1991 two suspected gang members were gunned down in a car near Lincoln High School. Though not the lead detective, Yerbury carefully examined the window of the victims’ car, knowing the suspects might claim self-defense. He determined the window was rolled up high enough that no one in the car could get a hand out the window to point a gun at someone.
“He took apart the door so he could see where that window had been,” retired Pierce County Prosecutor Gerry Horne recalled. “We were able to rule out self-defense.”
Chief Don Ramsdell said Yerbury quietly goes about his investigations and doesn’t seek the credit for what he does.
“He gives that to all the people he works with,” Ramsdell said. “People respect him for his knowledge and the way he goes about his work.”
My pal Johnny Cosmo is a regular on Outlaw Radio, hosted by Magic Matt Alan. Johnny wrote a clever "how to" book entitled "The Players Guide to Playing."
Yes, it is about how to pick up chicks. It is well written, and fun to read. It costs ten bucks and is worth it.
I''m not sure how Johnny is doing with his little book, but it's actually crammed with excellent observations and realistic advice. If I were into picking up chicks, I would buy it.
Self publishing can be fun and rewarding for niche market books and "how to..." guides. However, the world is full of self-publishing scams. Don Woldman and I did an interview with the guy from Predators and Editors. Listen and learn. about those self publishing scams. Literary scams2It pays to research the topic before you start throwing money at someone.
Rhonda Glover shot Jimmy Joste, but the jury that found her guilty of murder never heard the whole bizarre story of their drug fueled lifestyle, or her paranoid delusion that Jimmy and George W. Bush were involved in a Satanic plot involving pagan sacrifices in a cave under Joste's Austin residence. The full story is told for the first time in my forthcoming book, FATAL BEAUTY.
Order it now from your favorite bookseller!
Jeffrey A. Cohen is a hot shot Philly lawyer turned high tech entrepreneur. Success upon success has crowned his efforts, and now he's reinvented himself as a best -selling mystery author. His first book, The Killing of Mindi Quintana" is a clever legal thriller, and Cohen kindly offered me an advance copy and the honor of having my endorsement of his literary efforts emblazoned on the book's dust jacket. Heck of a deal!
I enjoyed the book, and gladly provided an appropriate quote:
"Clever, twisted and ultimately insightful, Jeff Cohen's The Killing of Mindi Quintana upends legality and redefines justice--a dazzling debut novel."
Jeffrey, bless his heart, is flying out from Philly to join Don Woldman, Matt Alan and me LIVE in Outlaw Radio's Lighten up Lounge for TRUE CRIMES this Saturday 2pm Pacific Time, 4pm Central, 5pm Eastern, 10pm UK time. You can listen live via Itunes (Outlaw Radio) or just click this link!
And then .....
You will notice that I clean up real good, and actually make sense. It's amazing what they can do these days in the editing room.
PS: I put SEWER RATS in the title of the post because, for some reason, it boosts traffic!
This is Tom Hodgins. He is a radio hot shot in my home town of Walla Walla, Washington. When I first met Tom, he didn't own numerous radio stations, and have an encyclopedic knowledge of FCC regulations, frequency allocations, and all the things that have earned him a sterling reputation as a dynamic businessman and professional broadcaster.
Nope. When I met Tom he was doing mid-days at KUJ and he wasn't allowed to talk. I think his "air name" was Luke Warm. Well, Tom can certainly talk. He was just an employee then. Today, he owns the place, and several other places as well.
Don't ask him to sell KUJ-AM. He has a strong emotional connection to it because he used to work there. My first radio show was also on KUJ -AM. It was a half hour talk show. No pay. hey, I was 15. I would later return to the same building. far far from 15, and "play the hits" with Tom Hodgins as my employer. I love how the world turns. It's been a year since I was in Walla Walla working on a project with Tom, but he buys me lunch at least once a month, and I crank out commercial copy for him as often as possible.
The biggest change since the day Tom and I first met is that his cheeks are fatter and my hair in thinner. Aside from that, we are still the same adventurous young men with a love of radio. There are worse addictions, although I can't think of any off-hand.