Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Book Tour!


I have a couple events coming up in Massachusetts and I'd like to finally meet you in person, after all these years.

The first official public reading for True Crime Addict will be at Trident Booksellers Wednesday, June 15, at 7 p.m. There will be a short Q&A and signing after the reading.

The next day - June 16 - I will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Hadley, near the campus of UMass, beginning at 7 p.m.

Hope to see you there!
 

25 comments:

  1. Purchased hardcover in greater Phila, PA area over weekend (wish the big name bookstore did not overcharge me $10 more than everywhere else including their own website for online orders but... my problem). I LOVE it so far. For those contemplating buying it I suggest you definitely grab it right away! The blog here has its own tone & style & editing etc as a blog should. The book fleshes things out more. It reads well with some more "human" touch. So it should be great for newcomers and also those following online here since the blog started. The book is another useful tool for those interested in the case. So don't hesitate if you were worried that the book would be some copy paste rehash of the blog & info available elsewhere online. He really does a good job. Check it out.

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  2. James, do you know if you/your publisher will have the budget for any touring outside New England?!

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    1. I might do an East Coast thing later in the year.

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    2. Lucky east coast. I'm waaaaaay out west.

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  3. Bought it yesterday, finished it yesterday. Great read and I'm not a big reader. Kinda creeped me out when I finished it haha, so you definitely did your job James!

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  4. Ancientexplorer1989May 31, 2016 at 2:01 PM

    I experienced feeling creeped out too, anon. couldn't sleep that night because my mind was going so many different directions thinking about the case. wound up with a nice panic attack the next day. absolutely loved the book! clearly affected me in some way haha

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  5. Any Cleveland area events?

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  6. Mr. Renner, I'm halfway through your book. I'm loving it. Page 148 hit me in the feels. As a survivor of a sexual assault and kidnapping, and your brush with a predator, amongst other things, I commend you for acknowledging how hard it is for women. How frightening this world can be for us. I pray nothing but happiness, and safety for your daughter. So much respect. Thank you.

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    1. Yes it's an AWESOME book....................

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  7. I'm about halfway thought the Kindle version. So far, I'm really enjoying it. Still...I hope to get to B&N on the 16th.

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  8. Just finished the audiobook! It's so so good, couldn't stop listening! Now to read all your other books...

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  9. Only East Coast tour? We need you in Seattle!!!

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  10. Definitely going to try and make it back to my old stomping grounds @ the Zoo for the Hadley signing.

    Absolutely LOVED the book and have listened to it all the way through 2x now on Audible.

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  11. I live 25 miles south of Boston. See you then!!

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  12. YES! I'll so be there at Trident!

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  13. Wish I could be there. I just read the book. It's so well thought-out; it really enacts the idea you had of "showing how the sausage is made," and not just of how you put sources together. You show how your own experiences, personal and professional, shape how you look at Maura and what you see.

    I finished the book last night and keep thinking about the time I spent reading about her cause on the Websleuth forums and (when I could stand it) on Topix. One of the problems on internet boards is how point of view shapes the amateur approach to the case. We debated endlessly about the accident and the rag in the tail pipe and the mysterious cell phone call--but all of it done in the frame of mind that Maura was a happy, well-adjusted young woman maybe going through a hard time in her life. My whole perspective of the case changed when James found out what transpired during her time at West Point and about the identity theft arrest. And finding the truth about relatively small things--like the fact that the scrubs Maura gave away were in fact being returned--makes a pattern of behavior come into focus. The stealing. The lying. The rule-breaking (see, for example, having her cell phone on the desk while she was working). The alcohol in the Saturn immediately after crashing her dad's car after partying. By the standard I've heard, she clearly had a drinking problem because drinking causes her problems. And the late-night solitary pizza orders makes me wonder about bulimia. And a lot of it makes me wonder about what might lie hidden beneath these self-sabotaging behaviors. In any case, I hope the book is a huge success. For a long time, stuff you posted here got under my skin in the wrong way. I sort of bought the exploitation idea. But anyone who reads the book will see that what drives you is getting at the truth. And that's a painful process. I'll be thinking about the book for a long time. Thanks.

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  14. Hi James - thanks to a long cross-country flight yesterday, I'm just about finished with True Crime Addict. Admittedly, I was originally skeptical of your approach to the case (putting the spotlight on people close to Maura) as well as your motivation for writing this book. I felt that you genuinely wanted to help with finding Maura, but that you also viewed the case as an opportunity to make a quick buck with all of the attention it had already received before you got involved.

    So far, I have to admit that I'm pleasantly surprised at your openness in the book - which, to me, clearly suggests you have theories as to what happened to Maura not because you're looking to make a buck, but because you've seen true parallels between her life and your own (and other cases you’ve worked on). I expected to read the book feeling as if you'd be trying to cram your theory into 200 or so pages, but the writing comes across as much more genuine than that.

    I've both followed and (minimally) worked on this case sporadically over the last 12 years. While I was already aware of 90% of the information related to Maura’s disappearance that's in the book, certain parts did really stand out to me (such as your interaction with Julie and her presumed boyfriend) and the fact that Kathleen lives in St. Albans (which is very close to where I went to college) -- a town riding the Canadian border. I’ve never believed that Maura was 1) Alive and 2) in Canada, but many of the facts you present in the book do paint an interesting picture when you take a step back and consider it all.

    It’s hard to read some of the parts written about members of the Murray family in particular – because I think everyone feels so badly for them – but I understand why you felt those interactions/findings needed to be included. As a former journalist, I can imagine how hard it was to sit back and think about what should and should not have been included in the book. But if you’re going to show “how the sausage is made,” it’s easy to see why the tough choice (publishing your findings) was the one you ultimately decided to go with. You have to put it all out there, otherwise – are you really doing *everything* you can to help find Maura and try to piece together why she may have disappeared in the first place?

    I’ve written this here once before, but I think it’s worth restating: if Maura is out there, I hope she does one day release some kind of statement simply acknowledging that she is alive and well but would like to be left alone. IF she is indeed alive, I wish should would do the right thing so her family can be at peace, her friends can be at peace, the NH State Police can be at peace, and the town of Haverhill can be at peace. She doesn’t have to come out of hiding; just release a statement, perhaps verified through the NH State Police, acknowledging her well-being. A big part of me still believes she’s not alive to do such a thing, but if she is alive, I hope it’s something she seriously considers. She doesn’t owe anyone anything, but sometimes you have to think beyond what you do or don’t “owe to people” and just do what’s right. People shouldn’t have to die wondering what happened to their loved one/friend/neighbor/colleague.

    Nice job - all that I ask is that now that the book’s released, you don’t start to slow your investigation. You and the podcast guys have done a tremendous job keeping Maura’s story in the spotlight, and I truly believe if everyone keeps her there one day everyone will have the answers we all so desperately seek.

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  15. I was pretty sure the book was going to be good. But not that good.

    Your writing style is very compelling. I was skeptical about the back & forth between your story & Maura's story, but it was done expertly. I know writers have the help of editors, so kudos, also, to yours.

    I have respect for you airing your own "dirty laundry," especially in light of the criticism about your bringing to light unpleasantness in the lives of others involved in this case.

    I can understand why a father wouldn't want a book written about the ugly aspects of his child's disappearance. But (barring the "sociopath" discussion) I think what you've done is made Maura relatable and sympathetic. You've shown that no matter what's in her past there are friends/family who love her, strangers who want the best for her, and that nothing makes her deserve being the victim of a crime.

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    1. Boy, that sounded so much more glowing in my head. But reading it doesn't.

      I effing loved the book, is what I was trying to say. LOL

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  16. Come to MN! :)

    (parsifal on Twitter)

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  17. Posted detailed five-star review to Audible. Unable to copy and paste on Kindle, will either email you screencap, or post link here when the review posts.

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  18. Good Luck! Be Good! I wish everyone at the signing peace. I would be there if I could be.

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  19. Darn, missed Hadley by two days.

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