I had the honor of appearing on House of Mystery Radio Show. It will air on 8/24/2020 at 9:00 PM PST. During the interview, I talk about the book I wrote titled Hope & Despair – Full Circle. We had a great chat where I discuss the creation of my characters
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In the Name of the Children gives an unflinching look at what it’s like to fight a never-ending battle against an enemy far more insidious than terrorists: the predators, lurking amongst us, who seek to harm our children. During his 30-year career with the FBI, Jeff Rinek worked hundreds of investigations involving crimes against children: from stranger abduction to serial homicide to ritualized sexual abuse. Those who do this kind of work are required to plumb the depths of human depravity, to see things no one should ever have to see—and once seen can never forget. There is no more important—or more brutal—job in law enforcement, and few have been more successful than Rinek at solving these sort of cases. Most famously, Rinek got Cary Stayner to confess to all four of the killings known as the Yosemite Park Murders, an accomplishment made more extraordinary by the fact that the FBI nearly pinned the crimes on the wrong suspects. Rinek’s recounting of the confession and what he learned about Stayner provides perhaps the most revelatory look ever inside the psyche of a serial killer and a privileged glimpse into the art of interrogation. In the Name of the Children takes readers into the trenches of real-time investigations where every second counts and any wrong decision or overlooked fact can have tragic repercussions. Rinek offers an insider’s perspective of the actual case agents and street detectives who are the boots on the ground in this war at home. By placing us inside the heart and mind of a rigorously honest and remarkably self-reflective investigator, we will see with our own eyes what it takes—and what it costs—to try to keep our children safe and to bring to justice those who prey on society’s most vulnerable victims. With each chapter dedicated to a real case he worked, In the Name of the Children also explores the evolution of Rinek as a Special Agent—whose unorthodox, empathy-based approach to interviewing suspects made him extraordinarily successful in obtaining confessions—and the toll it took to have such intimate contact with child molesters and murderers. Beyond exploring the devastating impact of these unthinkable crimes on the victims and their families, this book offers an unprecedented look at how investigators and their loved ones cope while living in the specter of so much suffering. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/houseofmysteryradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
A True Crime Revenge Thriller with Shocking Drama from the UK Call Sign Charley One: Malcolm, an ex-soldier and law-abiding family man, starts a new job as a retail security officer, covering West Midlands cities. On his third day, his life changes forever after being viciously attacked by a newly released prisoner high on crack cocaine. The injury and trauma of this attack results in Malcolm entering into shock, withdrawn, and frightened. A shadow of his true self. Over time, security staff and criminals laugh at him, labeling him a coward. However, no one could have known about the horrifying past Malcolm had endured, and the town was certainly not prepared for the ferocity of his response. This story documents a four-year period where Malcolm single-handedly achieves over four hundred arrests with five assassination attempts on his life. He responds to burglaries, assaults, bulk thefts, knife attacks, and muggings. He takes us on foot chases through housing estates, parks, towns, and cities, pursuing criminals through rivers and fast-moving traffic. Fanatical, enraged, and completely obsessed, slipping into psychosis, family and friends fear the worst as his bravery becomes suicidal. Often beaten to an inch of his life, now death, has become his shadow. This gripping and controversial true story sends us hurtling into the dark world of crime and chaos, documenting a harrowing, shocking, and sinister journey which exposes everything with complete transparency by reliving the true story of one man’s battle to uphold the good within his heart while fighting the evil that lies within. “They should have left me alone.” Now it’s my war. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/houseofmysteryradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This psychological crime thriller takes us inside the mind of a unique female serial killer, a prostitute who murdered seven adult men—a case with which the author was intimately involved. The issues raised by this high-profile criminal case remain unresolved to this day. Women, even prostitutes, have the right to self-defense in theory, but in practice, the story is more complicated. This book will challenge everything you ever thought about prostitutes, serial killers, and justice in America. Aileen Wuornos is a damaged soul, a genuine American outlaw, a symbol of women’s rage, a symbol of what can happen to severely abused children, and of how our justice system fails women. Chesler’s involvement with a serial killer has haunted her ever since. She speaks in Aileen Wuornos’ voice, as well as in her own, and delivers an incisive, original, and dramatic portrait of a cognitively impaired, traumatized, and alcoholic woman who had endured so much pain in her short life. When she’d had enough, the results were deadly. This is a poignant, sometimes humorous, never-before-told behind-the-scenes tale. Wuornos’ story is handled with great sensitivity, but also with realistic detachment by Chesler as she probes the telling moment, the telling phrase. Was Wuornos suffering from post-traumatic stress after a life lived on a “killing field?” Was she also “born evil?” So many prostitutes have been torture-murdered by serial killers—how did Wuornos, once prey, become a predator? Requiem for a Female Serial Killer will also haunt you. It won’t let you put it down. Take a walk on the wild side. The ghost of Aileen Wuornos beckons Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/houseofmysteryradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Suspense Magazine was started by us in 2007. We thought there was a need to have a platform where all authors could showcase their work. It’s tough enough to write, but selling your books is like climbing Mt. Everest without oxygen. We started Suspense Radio a couple of years later and in 2014 we expanded the radio network to include four shows. Crime and Science Radio hosted by Doug Lyle and Jan Burke, www.crimeandscienceradio.com. Next bestselling author Steven James hosts The Story Blender where he talks great storytelling by great storytellers, www.thestoryblender.com. Inside Edition is where it all started, where you will hear author interviews and more. Then Beyond The Cover is hosted by master reviewer and author Jeff Ayers and John Raab. Here we cover everything within the genre, not just books, but movies, plays and more. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/houseofmysteryradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
It’s 1994, an election year when violent crime is rampant, voters want action, and politicians smell blood. When a Latino teenager confesses to the murder of a pretty-boy cokehead outside a gay bar in L.A., the cops consider the case closed. But Benjamin Justice, a disgraced former reporter for the Los Angeles Times, sees something in the jailed boy others don’t. His former editor, Harry Brofsky, now toiling at the rival Los Angeles Sun, pries Justice from his alcoholic seclusion to help neophyte reporter Alexandra Templeton dig deeper into the story. But why would a seemingly decent kid confess to a brutal gang initiation killing if he wasn’t guilty? And how can Benjamin Justice possibly be trusted, given his central role in the Pulitzer scandal that destroyed his career? Snaking his way through shadowy neighborhoods and dubious suspects, he’s increasingly haunted by memories of his lover Jacques, whose death from AIDS six years earlier precipitated his fall from grace. As he unravels emotionally, Templeton attempts to solve the riddle of his dark past and ward off another meltdown as they race against a critical deadline to uncover and publish the truth. Awarded an Edgar by Mystery Writers of America for Best First Novel on initial release, this 25th Anniversary edition has been revised by the author. A foreword for the 2020 edition by Christopher Rice (Bone Music) is included Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/houseofmysteryradio. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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