Sunday, May 1, 2016

So What is True Crime Addict About, Anyway?

With three weeks to go before its release, more early reviews are popping up in magazines and on Goodreads. The book contains some answers and some new clues not yet discussed on this blog, as well as a secret epilogue not given to reviewers. It will stand as the definitive book on Maura Murray's case. But it's going to be quite unlike any other true crime book you've ever read.

The latest Goodreads review sums it up nicely:

Throughout the course of this book, James Renner will investigate crime, get himself incarcerated, be verbally and physically abused, follow false leads, learn that he scored "very similar to" Ted Bundy on his psychopathy test, spend the night in a room full of teddy bears, find a chilling surprise in a dirty magazine, drink and drive to put himself in the shoes of a missing woman, get into cars with strangers, take the advice of a psychic, explore his own family's legacy of violence, be internet-stalked and threatened by a creepy dude making targeted videos straight out of a low-budget slasher film, witness his autistic son predict the future with chilling accuracy, discover a modern-day underground railroad, and casually, but earnestly, drop in some theoretical physics bombshell about how there's a fairly good chance that the entire universe as we experience it is just a computer simulation in which it's possible to trigger glitches in reality. 


19 comments:

  1. True Crime on acid?

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  2. So excited for your book james

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  3. Dude!!! If that review reads true, that's some serious investigative journalism and truth-seeking. Sometimes you must immerse yourself to the point of forgetting who you are in order to discover the truths within something. Respect.

    You may have ruffled a few feathers along the way, and may have found yourself in troubling waters along the journey, but I can only hope it was worth it to you and that others will find it within themselves to selflessly dedicate their very being to contributing and solving true crime mysteries.

    -Grim

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  4. my husband subscribes to that life = a computer program too. that's just silly. this is not the Matrix :p

    I plan to read your book on the beach on Memorial Day weekend. thanks for making my vacation even better.

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  5. My copy arrived the other day and I'm looking forward to reading it. It definitely does sound "quite unlike any other true crime book," much like your Amy Mihaljevic title. I enjoy when you incorporate events from your own life into the story you are telling - and making yourself part of this particular story is very fitting. I'm sure True Crime Addict will do very well!

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  6. Gonzo journalism returns to life!

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  7. Does the book mention that Renner's grandfather was a serial rapist and likely serial killer who resided in Alliance, Ohio?

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    1. Good for you James -don't take any crap.

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    2. lol I love you. get it out there before anyone else can say it. smart man.

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    3. dear Mr Renner,

      Reading your blog and comments the last few months and seeing how you deal with crazies, weirdos and trolls on the Internet has been an inspiration to me. I have learned a lot about investigative techniques from you as well.

      thank you so much for helping me to learn and to mature as a person. I wish you nothing but success and happiness.

      -kassandra

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  8. I can't wait to read it! I'm a little scared about the psychopathy score...errrrr....which test? The PCLR? Or was it the MMPI? That could explain a lot :) also yes to the reality thing. I don't happen to believe it's a computer, more like a spiritual realm that observes us from the dimensions in the cracks and holes of time space, but hey, maybe the spiritual realm operates on Windows :p

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  9. Goodreads. Not too shabby there, Renner. I can't wait.
    I already plan to take the day off work so I can lock myself in my den and read it cover to cover.

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  10. its been a long journey for you and I am sure your family. Cant wait to read it.

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  11. Grand daddy like that and I now better understand why renner does what the hell he does. So u tried to burn Renner with that exposing comment but folks like me that didn't know bout that, now are even more interested. Some good crime authors have had bad shit happen to them or in their family at some point in their lives & that helps take their mind to that dark level. Renner you seem to have the most new info generally so yea def pumped to read this book. I almost said Nah.. As I didn't want this book to give me any more conflicting thoughts on this case....but def my Father's Day gift. Have we declared CNH is NOT pomkik?

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    1. "Have we declared CNH is NOT pomkik?"

      Don't bet the house.

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    2. Haha right on!
      Also I listened to the night time podcast even more pumped for this book! Not a reader so def the audio version!

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