About the Book:
The most common triggers for homicide are fear, rage, revenge, money, lust, and, more rarely, sheer madness. This isn’t an exact science, of course. Any given murder can have multiple triggers. Sex and revenge seem to be common partners in crime. Rage, money, and revenge make for a dangerous trifecta of triggers, as well.
This book offers my memories of homicide cases that I investigated or oversaw. In each case, I examine the trigger that led to death. I chose this theme for the book because even though the why of a murder case may not be critical in an investigation, it can sometimes lead us to the killer.
And even if we solve a case without knowing the trigger, the why still intrigues us, disrupting our dreams and lingering in our minds, perhaps because each of us fears the demons that lie within our own psyche-the triggers waiting to be pulled.
Finally, I understand the fascination with the true crime genre! I have not been a fan of true crime television or books previously, but I think I need to investigate the genre more.
Joe Kenda is a seasoned detective turned celebrity and author who succinctly and factually lays out the details of some of his most intriguing cases. I appreciated the to-the-point style of his writing. Each chapter in this book focuses on a different case, and that made the book easily digested in delicious chunks. If I were to liken it to a fiction style, it would be similar to short stories.
Each chapter features an intriguing case where Mr. Kenda gives his readers a summary of the case, the key players on both sides of the law, and the journey to the outcome. It’s a refreshing read that not only gives readers insight into the individual cases but also faith in the detectives working for the greater good.
About the Author: Joe Kenda is a retired Colorado Springs Police Department detective lieutenant who was involved in 387 homicide cases over a 23-year career, with a closure rate of 92%. He is featured on the Investigation Discovery television show Homicide Hunter, where he recounts stories of cases he solved. The show began in 2011 and lasted nine seasons.
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