Shocking True Story by Gregg Olsen

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I'd highly recommend this novel to other readers. If I could give this book a palace of it's own, I would. But, I'll just keep it tucked safely away in my treasure vault instead.
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Kevin Ryan is a writer in the much-maligned genre of true crime who desperately needs a devious, over-the-top story for the subject of his next book. How else can he keep his wife Valerie’s roots dyed and keep himself from handing out taco samples at the local supermarket? When Kevin isn’t Googling himself or spot checking his books’ stock at stores around the country or online, he’s bringing the hazards (ie, criminals and other crazies) of his job home to wife Val and twin daughters Taylor and Hayley. Kevin is on the hunt for the big one, the story that could break him out of the mid-list and onto the bestseller lists. And then there’s a knock at the door--a story finds him… A distraught 20-year old Jett Carter shows up at the Ryan house because her mother and sister are imprisoned—perhaps if Kevin writes their story and reveals the truth, he might help exonerate them. The Carters’ tale is the perfect white-trash-attempted-murder-love-triangle that Kevin’s editor will love and his fans will devour. He begins to write “Love You to Death.” Then on a beautiful summer day, the wheels of homicide are set in motion and Kevin’s own story begins to eclipse the crime he is chronicling. When his #1 fan is murdered and another body turns up, the Ryans’ life in Port Gamble and all that Kevin holds dear is in jeopardy. Somewhere in “Love You to Death” and within the “bunch of low rent losers” he’s interviewing is the killer.
 

About Gregg Olsen

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Gregg Olsen (born March 5, 1959, in Seattle, Washington) is a New York Times and a USA Today bestselling author of eight nonfiction books and six novels, most of which are crime-related. His novels include: A wicked Snow; A Cold Dark Place; Betrayal; and Fear Collector. His nonfiction books include: The Deep Dark (2005), about the 1972 Sunshine mine fire in Kellogg, Idaho; Bitter Almonds, the story of Stella Nickell; and A Twisted Faith, (2010) about a philandering minister who killed his wife.
 
Published January 19, 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 383 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Non-fiction
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Peak Rank on Sep 22 2013
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Above average
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr on Jun 02 2013

While the book could stand to be about three-quarters, maybe even two-thirds of its current size, it remains a lively and adventurous romp through the seedier aspects of true crime.

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YA Book Queen

Excellent
on Jul 29 2013

I'd highly recommend this novel to other readers. If I could give this book a palace of it's own, I would. But, I'll just keep it tucked safely away in my treasure vault instead.

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