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  • Series: Pinnacle True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pinnacle (August 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786019247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786019243
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Burl Barer is an Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience.

Barer wrote, produced, and often voiced, national radio and television spots for such performing artists as Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Eric Clapton, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, Liza Minelli, Temptations, Four Tops, and many more. Barer also created and produced national radio and/or television campaigns for Warner/Electra/Atlantic, Media One, Management III, and Seattle Pacific Industries. Other national/regional clients have included Penzoil, Safeway, Superlube, Black Angus Restaurants, the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, and the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.

While Barer contributed his media savvy to numerous publications and projects over the years, it was his internationally acclaimed 442 page critical/biographical study of Leslie Charteris' enduringly different Robin Hood of Modern Crime, Simon Templar, which earned him the highest honor from the Mystery Writers of America -- The 1994 Edgar Allen Poe Award. The Saint: A Complete History in Print, Radio, Television, and Film not only received the Edgar, but also an Anthony Award nomination from the World Mystery Convention.

Contracted by the estate of Leslie Charteris to pen a minimum of three new novels in the popular Saint series, Barer completed Capture the Saint, the first original Saint novel in thirteen years. Film rights to the previous 52 Saint books were acquired by producer Robert Evans. Paramount Pictures released the Saint, starring Val Kilmer, in 1997. Barer's novelization of the film's screenplay, THE SAINT, published by Simon and Schuster Pocketbooks, has sold over 100,000 copies in English, and has been translated into French, Japanese, Hebrew, Chinese, and German.

At the request of Warner Brothers, Barer accompanied Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jodie Foster on the set of the hit film Maverick, writing the colorful companion book to that rollicking, uproarious western. Man Overboard: The Counterfeit Resurrection of Phil Champagne (1995), a wry and humorous genre-bending true crime adventure earned a nomination for the coveted Anthony Award by the World Mystery Convention as Best True Crime Book of the Year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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One of the best true crime books I've ever read.
Roger A. O'Kay
The trial of Kirby Anthoney proves to be a great chess match and I really didn't know all the details of this trial until I read this book.
lordhoot
I love true crime but always enjoy delving into the killer's childhood and background more than the trial.
Crystal J. Morton

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Shayleen Eastman on September 6, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A while ago I read this book after living through this horrific tragedy first hand. In my intitial rating of this book I did not give it a very good rating. I would like to revise it at this time. After giving more thought to this, I realize that the author was just telling the story and not making judgement or light of the incident. Therefore, I would like to let him know it was very well written and thank him for keeping my family members "real people".
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 6, 2000
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Having read and reread MURDER IN THE FAMILY several times, the negative review (huh?) from Seattle is obviously about a different book all together. There are no ballistic tests in the book at all -- this is the story of rape and murder -- the killings accomplished by stangulation, stabbing, and beating. No guns. No bullets. None. There are, however, brilliant insights into the rage released by the psychopath, Kirby Anthoney, provided by Dr. Robert Hare and other experts who work with and/or train the FBI. The dedicated detectives of the Anchorage Homicide Response team, and the crime scene investigators come off as real people wrestling with the intense personal emotions stirred by this most horrid crime -- the rape and murder of two little girls, ages 8 and 2, and their mother. I found the book exceptionally well structured, with easy flow from one chapter to the next, which may be due to the professional editing job we have come to expect from Pinnacle's True Crime series. Obviously researched in depth, and written by an Edgar Award winning author, I suggest this book to anyone who reads true crime, especially if they can keep track of them so they don't post the wrong review about the wrong book. Ballistics, indeed!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Burl Barer on December 14, 2000
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This book, and this crime, is heartbreaking, dramatic, touching, and REAL. I was pleased to see Ms Eastman remind readers that this is a TRUE STORY. I don't know if she gave the book only one star because of the painful memories or the nature of my prose. I shall assume for former.
Researching the Newman murders was emotionally draining and painful. My own daughter is only one day younger than Melisa Newman, raped and murdered by Kirby Anthoney. The crime scene photos haunt me to this day. While writing the book, I kept full color school photos of the two little girls taped to my computer monitor so I would never allow myself to forget that they were real people, not characters in a book. When I staarted this project, my friend and fellow true crime author Gary C. King said, "be prepared to cry a lot, and either be loved or hated by the victims' families for telling the story -- some will help, others would rather not. " My other true crime compatriot, Jack Olsen, said that any true crime book that doesn't talk about why and how the killer became a killer is nothing more than pornography.
Having now read my own book, and knowing how difficult these are to write, I honestly give it five stars, with 3 stars of it going to my editor, Karen Haas.
Buy the book, then write your review.
BB
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger A. O'Kay on January 1, 2002
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One of the best true crime books I've ever read. The case is very disturbing, so be prepared. The crime is real sick, and so is the killer. This book is exceptionally well written, and not easy to put down, but you might have to just to keep from having nightmares about Kirby Anthoney, the young man who raped and murdered his own aunt and her little girls. You might have seen this case on The New Detectives. The book is most interesting in that the author gives as much space to the killer's defense as he does to the prosecution. One of the most shocking true crime books, and one of the best.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 2003
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When I started reading this book I could not stop. I really felt for this family. I think Mr. Barer did a very nice job in researching the correct information and writing this book. I still have alot of questions even after finishing the whole book. I'm left wondering what really did occur when the murders took place. Did Nancy the mother have to watch her two children get murdered? Has Kirby Anthony taken responsibility for this gruesome murder, or is he still denying it? The photos of the actual crime scenes were too small to view and in b&w, but the diagrams shown instead were large enough to view and make out the details of the crime. After reading this I still could not stop thinking about the whole story. I did indeed have nightmares. I give this book 5 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 8, 2000
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I am not normally the review writing type, but having just completed reading this book i feel compelled to toss my hat into the ring. First off, i was impressed by both the level of research that the author put into this book as well as the compassion he expressed for the victims and their family. I wanted to also point out that although some of the readers might have felat that the story was "boring" (something i can not understand as i found it quite engaging) the subject matter was by no means dealt with lightly by Barer. This book deals with quite a senstive subject, the rape and murder of an innocent woman and her 2 young daughters so bear in mind you will not find yourself smiling much while reading. But the care with which Barer tells the tale is reason enough to read the whole thing cover to cover.
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Burl Barer

Professional Biography

Burl Barer is a Edgar Award winning author and two-time Anthony Award nominee with extensive media, advertising, marketing, and public relations experience.
Garnering accolades for his creative contributions to radio, television, and print media, Barer's career has been highlighted in The Hollywood Reporter, London Sunday Telegraph, New York Times, USA Today, Variety, Broadcasting, Electronic Media,and ABC's Good Morning America.

Barer is a frequent commentator on numerous television programs seen world wide, including "Deadly Sins," "Deadly Women," "Motives and Murders" "Snapped" "Scorned," "Behind Mansion Walls" and Hart Fisher's AMERICAN HORRORS channel via Filmon.TV

Burl Barer hosts the award winning Internet radio show, TRUE CRIME UNCENSORED with co-host, show business legend Howard Lapides, on Outlawradiousa.com, and TRUE CRIME CLASSICS with famed attorney Don Woldman.

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