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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450213030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450213035
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,435,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

Five Stars of out Five
A true crime saga of death, abuse, embezzlement, poison, and premonitions. 
Readers who enjoy suspense, strong female leads, and crime drama
, will cling to every word
Read this nail-biter with the lights blazing!

--ForeWord Clarion Reviews


Walker writes this mystery thriller like she's talking to a close confidant.
Her millionaire ex-husband was controlling and outright mean. 
He was poisoned to death before he could change for the better.
--True Crime Book Reviews


The book is engaging and keeps readers interest throughout. It is hard to put down. Although you have to wonder what the author's motive is - it soon becomes clear that THIS MURDER is a mystery that demands your attention. 
--Beyond The Bookshelf


This is the story of a woman who was physically and emotionally abused, yet when her abuser dies, she takes on the burden of solving his murder.
 --Mary Crocco Reviews    


"Fighting the Devil" is ForeWord Magazine BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER in the True Crime genre --Book of the Year Awards

From the Author

"Fighting the Devil" is a 2010 ForeWord Magazine BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALIST in True Crime. It is the 2011 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALIST in True Crime. It was awarded a  FIVE STAR REVIEW from ForeWord Clarion Reviews and received EDITOR'S CHOICE and READER'S CHOICE AWARDS..

The wicked and evil way by which my ex-husband, a Texas millionaire, was murdered compelled me to tell this true crime story. I owe him a voice, as he no longer has one. 
I became a real-life Sherlock Holmes to help solve the murder. In my search for justice, I encountered strange, woeful occurrences of a dark supernatural being from the depths of hell.  I tell of the demonic encounters in the book and I depicted the event of my ex-husband's murder the way it actually happened.
The death certificate of my ex-husband read, "Patient was given arsenic over a period of time until lethal amounts finally killed him." An autopsy concluded the cause of death: Acute Arsenic Intoxication - Homicide. 
The blood curdling events are all in my book, "Fighting the Devil" - A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder.

More About the Author

Jeannie Walker does not pretend to be something she is not! She became a real-life Sherlock Holmes to help solve her ex-husband's horrific murder. "I never thought I would be writing a true crime book. But, I'm glad I helped solve the crime and wrote the book. "Fighting the Devil" was awarded 2010 Book of the Year True Crime Winner and 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist in True Crime genre. My other books are also true stories."

Jeannie Walker is an Award-Winning author. Her debut true crime book, "Fighting the Devil" made her the recipient of the 2010 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Winner and 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. Among her most recent true stories are "I Saw the Light", "Thomas, The Friendly Ghost", and "The Rain Snake".

First and foremost, Jeannie wants to thank you, her readers, for choosing her books over many others that are available. "I am sincerely grateful to my readers. It is my hope my true stories enlighten and inspire you in many ways.
I wrote "Fighting the Devil" to let everyone know that you are not alone in your struggles, and you have the ability to overcome and the right to become your loved one's advocate, if it becomes necessary.
I wrote "I Saw the Light" to tell about my near-death experience: What I saw when I passed over to the others side, and came back.
I believe coming back from death's door has made me more open to the spirits that are roaming the earth. My true story, "Thomas, The Friendly Ghost" is about my real encounters with spirits.
"The Rain Snake" is a true story about my childhood growing up on a small farm and using the magic of an Indian Legend, as well as the magic of prayer to help my family and others.
I am truly indebted to you, my readers, for your generous support, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I believe the secret to happiness and success is believing in God and giving thanks.
A little something else about me: I don't pretend to be something that I am not!"

Honors and Awards include:
2011 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS FINALIST in TRUE CRIME
2010 ForeWord BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER (Silver Award)
2010 ForeWord Magazine BOOK OF THE YEAR FINALIST in TRUE CRIME
Awarded FIVE STAR Review from ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Awarded: Reader's Choice
Awarded: Editor's Choice
Five Star Reviews from Readers

Customer Reviews

The fact it was true story just added to the chill to great writing.
Jim Fisher
An inspirational true story of her faith and knowing the truth in her heart,takes her life on a long journey of courage, an despair when she doesnt give up.
God Can Fix What Sin Destroys
This is one of the most unusual true crime books I've ever read - and I read a lot of true crime books.
Paula Krapf

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ellen C. Maze Sallas VINE VOICE on March 13, 2011
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At first blush, Fighting the Devil isn't what it appears to be. Reading the cover synopsis, I expected a true-life who-dunnit/mystery thriller. What I got was so much more. This novel is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and oftentimes harrowing memoir of the life of one of the bravest women I know: Jeannie Walker. Faced with living with a tyrant, she manages to find forgiveness in her heart, and love--the kind of love God has--for a person who treated her lower than dirt.

Yes, you will learn the details of the true-life murder of Jerry Eli Sternadel, but be prepared to be taken on an amazing life journey with a woman we'd all like to have for a sister.

Ellen C. Maze
Author of Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider,
Christian Fiction/Vampire
recently #52 in Horror/Occult on Amazon
Curiously Spiritual Vampire Tales
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By J. Etheridge on May 6, 2011
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I am a big fan of true crime and saw this story on Snapped. I bought the book and was glad I did. It gave a unique perspective from the ex wife's eyes. She had every reason to hate this man but still had compassion for him and wanted to find out what happened for her children's sake. I thought this was an interesting book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jim Fisher on May 14, 2011
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I must admit that I purchased the book because I was interested in details of the crime. With in the first few chapters I found myself wrapped up in the story bigger than what I was expecting. Jeannie Walker kept me in suspense wanting to find out more about the story that with each page new questions developed. I truly carried the book around with me though out the day taking any open opportunity I had to read more. The fact it was true story just added to the chill to great writing.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Young on March 4, 2011
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Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote, "Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him." Author Jennie Walker's non-fiction book, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder, is about striving to understand a motive as old as Cain. Cold-blooded murder. This path of understanding came at a cost--Jeannie must reveal her pain and loss in order to tell the whole story in its unblemished truth. This took an act of courage. Jeannie had cause to walk away, distance herself from a man who brutally victimized her in the past. However, she decided to become involved for the good memories she still held for this man, and for the two children she shared with him who needed to know the truth.

On June 12, 1990, self-made millionaire Jerry Sternadel died a horrible and painful death while strapped to a hospital bed in Texas. Before he died, Jerry pleaded with friends, family and medical staff to save him from two women who allegedly were slowly poisoning him. No one stepped forward. An autopsy revealed the victim died of extreme arsenic poisoning.

Even before the man's death, suspicion fell on those believed to be responsible. It took a Herculean efforts by the author, a sheriff who fought to bring justice to this case right up until his own untimely death, and the cooperation of others in order to haul this investigation before the courts.

This story records human frailties. Each player on this stage displays the whole gambit of human motivations and passions--love and hate, greed and selflessness, good and evil.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Young on May 2, 2011
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Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote, "Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him." Author Jennie Walker's non-fiction book, Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder, is about striving to understand a motive as old as Cain. Cold-blooded murder. This path of understanding came at a cost--Jeannie must reveal her pain and loss in order to tell the whole story in its unblemished truth. This took an act of courage. Jeannie had cause to walk away, distance herself from a man who brutally victimized her in the past. However, she decided to become involved for the good memories she still held for this man, and for the two children she shared with him who needed to know the truth.

On June 12, 1990, self-made millionaire Jerry Sternadel died a horrible and painful death while strapped to a hospital bed in Texas. Before he died, Jerry pleaded with friends, family and medical staff to save him from two women who allegedly were slowly poisoning him. No one stepped forward. An autopsy revealed the victim died of extreme arsenic poisoning.

Even before the man's death, suspicion fell on those believed to be responsible. It took a Herculean efforts by the author, a sheriff who fought to bring justice to this case right up until his own untimely death, and the cooperation of others in order to haul this investigation before the courts.

This story records human frailties. Each player on this stage displays the whole gambit of human motivations and passions--love and hate, greed and selflessness, good and evil. Jeanie tells the story in her own way, her own style, while sharing her religious journey from spiritual darkness into the light. Regardless whether you share her viewpoint about good and evil, about God and the devil, readers will readily join this author as this story unfolds, waiting until the very last page to see if justice prevails.
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