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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425258769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425258767
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #515,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Flynn and Lavoie wrote Notes on a Killing as a stirring pastiche of the true-crime genre...The frost-heave complications of this conniving case get smooth-road writing by the diligent authors...a plenty good home-town page-turner." Keene Sentinel

"Their book follows the gritty (but not gory) details in the case, and despite its factual nature, the book reads like a novel." - Hippo Press


"An opus...It's amazing these events happened in a sleepy little Granite State town." Springfield Republican


"Harrowing and haunting, Notes on a Killing will have you in its grip. As they proved with Our Little Secret, Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie illuminate the darkest corners, offering a story not only filled with twists and suspense but is also rich with heartbreak and humanity."
Megan Abbott, Edgar-winning author of The End of Everything and Dare Me.

"With their usual narrative panache and an amazing instinct for the dramatic juxtaposition of incongruous lives, the authors have once again nailed a harrowing, larger-than-life conundrum that is too strangely wonderful for fiction and is the quintessential true crime yarn."
Joseph Olshan, author of Cloudland


"Notes on a Killing offers fast pacing, suspense, meticulous research, and much more. The many faces of Betrayal form an overlay that will keep readers turning the pages of this engaging and satisfying crime novel."
Phyllis Gobbell - author of A Season of Darkness


"Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie's Notes on a Killing is an exemplary character driven true crime thriller that is as crafty and cunning as the killer himself."
Burl Barer, author of Body Count


"Notes on a Killing certainly won't disappoint devotees of its genre. But among the surprises between its covers - and there are plenty... - are the richly developed characters and, dare we say, artful passages of writing." Concord Monitor
 
"I was still glued to the pages, and I couldn't turn them fast enough. That's how harrowing a story this is.." Nashua Telegraph

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It's intriguing. It's heartbreaking. It's a crime story laced with sentiments of love, triumph, and loyalty among friends. To sum it up, it's a fantastic story you simply don't want to miss."
True Crime Zine


Praise for Legally Dead by Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie: 

“Bestselling true crime authors Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie vividly recount the fatal divorce case of Bader v. Bader with its twisted cast of characters...Legally Dead is contemporary true crime writing at its best. A definite must read for 2011!” —True Crime Book Reviews

“Well written…Will keep interest all the way through.” —masslive.com

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This is the best true crime book I have read this year.
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What held my interest in this book was the excellent writing and the very well done development of the characters and the various parts they played.
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After reading this book I was so moved, and you will be too.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. Graves TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Murder mysteries are pretty rare here in New Hampshire, which is almost last in violent crime rates by state (47th). The murder of Edith "Pen" Meyer was not only shocking, it was especially difficult to solve (no body, blood or other DNA evidence). The story the authors weave is absolutely riveting and this is no exaggeration. As one who liked "true crime" writing many years ago but who became numb to it after the explosive growth of the genre, I read this book only because of its local connection (and the fact that, as a bookseller, I was able to obtain an advance copy, gratis). It is an engrossing story with truly fascinating and complicated twists and turns, and deep biographical/psychological profiles of the victim, her murderer and those who brought him to justice after a long struggle.

I prefer not to reveal too much about the book's contents, as most readers would prefer to discover the facts themselves, but as far as the quality of the writing and the intensity of the story are concerned, you will not be disappointed. This is an excellent book, a real 'page-turner'.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Girard on April 17, 2013
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"There's nothing more pathetic than an Alcoholic trying to prove how smart or honest he is at an AA meeting"
( Heard from an AA Old-timer)

Let me make one thing very clear at the beginning of this review: That there are a lot of very decent people at AA meetings that are kind, understanding and working a good program. But there are also people that are wolves in sheep's clothing. There are people that are downright dangerous. 12 step meetings are NOT hotbeds of mental health. With that thought in mind the authors have created a staggering work of true crime. If Jack Olsen was still alive he would have had a glowing review on the outside cover of this book. It's that good!

This book is astonishing in it's detail. As with all very good true crime books it's ALL in the details. And the book is wonderfully detailed. In this day and age with the price of books going through the roof, you want to be sure your getting your bang for the buck when you plop down your money. I know I do. And you will get it with this book. This is one of those books that when you get done, you KNOW you'll be reading it again sometime.

I'm hoping that this book will get the attention it deserves! We live in a world where books are punched out everyday like donuts. This is NOT one of those books.

There have been some excellent reviews here on this book detailing what actually happens in this book. But, I don't want to do that, I don't want to give anything away. I want you to enjoy this book as much as I did.

12 step meetings are not the safe places they used to be 20, 30, or 40 years ago. There are still a lot of good people but as I said earlier there are people that are predators.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Fanatic TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 29, 2013
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This was a page turner for me. It's a really well written book about a very unusual crime. This book is developed around the circumstances and motives of the crime itself and not the trial. The trial coverage in the book is fairly small for a true-crime book and was rather anti-climactic. It's obvious from the beginning who the killer was and just about as clear that he will be convicted. What held my interest in this book was the excellent writing and the very well done development of the characters and the various parts they played.

For me, I'm a trial and evidence person and so I dropped one star off of the rating I gave this book. It's really close to a five-star book and it is personal preference in the kind of story that left me just a bit disappointed in the lack of trial drama. Regardless I still highly recommend this very well done book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By deb on May 9, 2013
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THIS IS A REALLY GOOD BOOK FOR THOSE WHO LIKE SUSPENSE, NAIL BITING, WHODUNNIT BOOKS. i READ IT IN 2 NIGHTS. HARD TO PUT DOWN.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jan Genovese on May 5, 2013
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"Pen" was a very basic woman who adored her dog and her simple, rustic existence in the house she loved. If only she could have avoided the twisted Ken Carpenter and his deluded thoughts about her and her "motives." This is a sad tale of a "too-trusting" person full of good intentions who had the misfortune to get in the way of a madman. Peculiar things happen in small towns and relationships among close neighbors can spin out of control for the craziest reasons. This book will hold your attention, most definitely. It never fails to amaze me how brazen killers can be, how oblivious to perceptions.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on April 17, 2013
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Kenneth Carpenter had to be in control. Of everything. But the truth of the matter was, he was in control of nothing.

Although he appeared to maintain sobriety for almost a quarter of a century, the fact was he'd simply replaced with it with another drug - one not always recognized as such: women.

Whenever Ken attended his Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings, he oozed charm and intellect, draw otherwise downtrodden gals to him like moths to a flame. Women sought him out, feeling safe among his facade of strength and knowledge from experience.

But Pen Meyer had lived too long and through too much to be swayed by a fake like Kenneth Carpenter. She'd also experienced enough in life to know it best to stay out of the relationship between her friend Sandy Merritt and Ken; that is, until Ken took it too far and he was caught red-handed in a lie about his marriage and Pen decided to tell Sandy the truth.

Ken, however, couldn't stand to lose anything - especially control. When Sandy broke it off with the cheating Ken, he was enraged. While begging and pleading for Sandy to take him back, he continued to make proclamations of undying love to his wife - and planning his revenge against Pen Meyer, the woman he felt was responsible for all the headache and heartache in his life.

In crime-writing duo Kevin Flynn and Rebecca Lavoie's newest book, Notes on a Killing: Love, Lies, and Murder in a Small New Hampshire Town, they recount a case centered around a love triangle, a madman, and the irony of how it all began in an organization founded on realizing one's personal responsibility for the problems in their lives.
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