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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.
No mystery here, just another violent, murderous monster dressed up in a human's pelt.
The middle third of the book can be skimmed in minutes as it is all about every... Read more
I have always done a lot of reading and enjoy TRUE STORIES especially. So far I have found that most of the True Crime writers are a group of their own and all of them are very... Read morePublished 21 months ago by 1112221924bg
Just another screwed up guy turns killer. Why are there good ratings on this book? I found the writing quality very hum drum. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by Verbena Reverb
Well detailed book. The author covered the subject well with respect to all involved in this tragedy. This was not an easy book for me to read. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by Randall J. Bailey
This is a good book,opens one's eyes as to what horrible actions a psycopath will do. Not finished, but am hoping for a conviction of "death"Published on November 27, 2011 by Dorothy A. Bock
One reads MURDER IN THE FAMILY demanding justice from the very first page, and knowing justice will never be enough. Read morePublished on May 23, 2010 by Jeffrey A. Cohen
Burl Barer's book on the Newman murders that took place in March 1987 in Anchorage, Alaska - proves to be well written and pretty well researched. Read morePublished on April 10, 2009 by lordhoot
The Newman Murders was a terrible tragedy worse for the father and husband who was not there but out of state. Read morePublished on January 24, 2008 by Sylviastel