Friday, May 20, 2016

Maura's Hometown Paper Covers True Crime Addict

Today's Whitman-Hanson Express has a lengthy article about True Crime Addict.

"At the time Murray vanished on Feb. 9, 2004, Renner was a reporter for alternative weeklies in northeastern Ohio. By 2009, the fallout from his coverage of an Ohio state senator at the center of a sex scandal had cost him his job and he was looking for a new story.
The new mystery he was ready for was Maura Murray. While conducting his investigation, there were mysteries in his own life to confront: the truth about his grandfather, the violent tendencies his son was beginning to display and Renner’s own impulses."

Check it out!


  1. James, I am so glad you are getting the good reviews and the media coverage you deserve. I am sure you must be exhausted, but it appears your hard work is getting noticed.

  2. i need to read "not without peril" faster to finish it in time for may 24 "true crime addict" release :)

  3. I didn't know you had spoken to every other member of the Murray family. I'm surprised Fred didn't put a gag order on the family like he did all her friends.

  4. When true crime TV drama only adds to the pain

    There's no direct mention of Maura Murray in this essay, but Rachel Cooke makes a lot of points that apply broadly. The entire concept of "true crime" as a genre is a peculiar one,in a lot of ways that are easy to overlook. Writing about crime is probably as old as human literacy itself. Broadsides of confessions from the gallows were bestsellers in the seventeenth century, but there is something new about the current wave of podcasts, websites, books, and tv shows. In some ways,Truman Capote's In Cold Blood was a forerunner of today's "true crime", but Capote didn't purport to "break the fourth wall", the barrier between describing events and being a participant. Getting back to Maura Murray specifically, there's something interesting and peculiar in the way the case has been annexed to the "true crime" genre, even though it's still only speculative that any crime was involved. James Renner seems to favour the scenario that MM deliberately disappeared, yet he has titled his book on the case True Crime Addict.

  5. I pre-ordered my copy this weekend!

  6. I went to Barnes and Noble, about 20 minutes away from Mauras home town to pick up a copy of the book today. I had to ask multiple people, it was not on the table with new releases, it was in the true crime section, not on an end cap, it was mixed in. When I STILL couldn't find a copy, the associate who was helping me asked another person, who said they must of sold it, she'll go grab another copy from out back. When she came back with one book in her hand to give me I said, "you know this book is about a local girl right?" She said she did, seemed puzzled by my question, I said "you really should put out more than one copy!" She told me there wasn't room, I rolled my eyes and walked away. I'm not sure if you pissed of the people at Barnes and Noble in Hingham, MA, but they clearly didn't want to put your book out. It was very odd!