A Cold-Blooded Business by Marek Fuchs
Adultery, Murder, and a Killer's Path from the Bible Belt to the Boardroom

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In 1959, Olathe, Kansas was made famous by the murder of the Clutter family and Truman Capote's ground-breaking book on the crime, In Cold Blood. But fewer know that Olathe achieved notoriety again in 1982, when a member of Olathe's growing Evangelical Christian population, a gentle man named David Harmon, was bludgeoned to death while sleeping—the force of the blows crushing his face beyond recognition.

Suspicion quickly fell on David's wife, Melinda, and his best friend, Mark, student body president of the local bible college. However, the long arms of the church defended the two and no charges were pressed. The case was declared as dead as David Harmon.

Two decades later, two Olathe police officers revived the cold case making startling revelations that reopened old wounds and chasms within the Olathe community—revelations that rocked not only Olathe, but also the two well-healed towns in which Melinda and Mark resided. David's former wife and friend were now living separate, successful, law-abiding lives. Melinda lived in suburban Ohio, a devoted wife and mother of two. Mark had become a Harvard MBA, a high-paid corporate mover, a family man, and a respected community member in a wealthy suburb of New York City. Some twenty years after the brutal murder, each received the dreaded knock of justice at the door.

A Cold-Blooded Business provides fascinating character studies of Melinda and Mark, killers who seemingly returned to normalcy after one blood-splattered night of violence. A fast-moving true crime narrative, A Cold-Blooded Business is a chilling exploration into the darkest depths of the human psyche.


About Marek Fuchs

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Marek Fuchs covered the David Harmon murder case for three years for the New York Times' National, Metro and Westchester sections. Fuchs wrote the paper's "County Lines" column for six years. He has also contributed to the New York Daily News and other publications. Fuchs currently writes the "The Business Press Maven" column, and does video work for TheStreet.com. The column and videos are syndicated on Yahoo! finance. Fuchs speaks regularly on National Public Radio and at venues like the annual meeting of the Society for American Business Editors and Writers. He teaches journalism at Manhattan College in New York City. He lives in Westchester County, New York, where he is a volunteer fireman.
Published March 10, 2009 by Skyhorse Publishing. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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