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“In Chip Jacobs' true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA’s Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the “bright colors and greens of summer” quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the end we find it is really about one man’s search and struggle to find his own personal truths and redemption. Well written and highly recommended.” —Steve Hodel, LAPD Hollywood Homicide detective (ret.) and Bestselling author, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder

“Jacobs delivers a seductive tour of an L.A. rife with murder-for-hire plots, political corruption and sociopathic schemes. Against this backdrop the young Schneiderman comes of age, to ultimately emerge as the last man standing. A terrific book—I couldn’t put it down!" —Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat

“Chip Jacobs’ chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in The Ascension of Jerry, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale of a hero (sorta) who is neither especially loathsome nor lovable … maybe just lucky to get out alive. Jacobs’ prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path that leads SoCal businessman Jerry Schneiderman through a series of weird events—including crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpses—only to emerge as a merry prankster with a jones for social activism. (If you haven’t yet deduced that this book is not your Mama’s supermarket true-crime trash, then you’re doing it wrong. But here’s the thing: Jacobs’ ear for a good story is pitch perfect, and he tells it with all the smoggy pastel colors of post-noir LA. The Ascension of Jerry isn’t an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages. So for those few true-crime readers who like their mayhem served up in a sumptuous story, seek this one out.” —Ron Franscell, celebrated true-crime author

"Chip Jacobs uses his boundless reporter’s energy and well-honed sense of Southern California to tell a gripping tale of serial mayhem and the curious life of Jerry Schneiderman. It’s reassuring to see the right writer was paying attention.” —David Willman, Los Angeles Times Pulitzer winning investigative reporter and author of The Mirage Man: Bruce Irvins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War

“Chip Jacobs explores the underbelly of an L.A. murder-for-hire ring that leaves many dead and a successful space planner, Jerry Schneiderman, so affected by PTSD that he embarks on a widespread muckraking campaign that targets major political forces in Los Angeles and beyond. Pitched as a “roots of Occupy story” (aside from Mark Twain’s, of course), The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman will leave you closing your blinds and forever looking behind your back for the crazed psycho-killer disguised as an ordinary blue collar guy.” —Foreword magazine staff pick

“The pay for some deals is wonderful, but the drawbacks that can come along with it may be too much to swallow. The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman follows the life of Jerry Schneiderman, whose (space planning) career prospered, then quickly spun out of control when his business (partner) ate a bullet via assassin. Fearing for his life, he was on the run for (months), before he found his … life’s calling. The Ascension of Jerry is an enticing true tale of getting one’s life back in the midst of … skullduggery, highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

**Book highlighted on true-crime featurette out with DVD release of Sinister**

**Ascension of Jerry takes silver at Hollywood Book Festival – Summer 2012**

**The Ascension of Jerry makes winner circle at 2013 Southern California Book Festival**

**Ascension of Jerry listed in Bookforum as an independent title to watch**

About the Author

Chip Jacobs is the author of five other books: Strange As It Seems: the Impossible Life of Gordon Zahler; The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.'s Grifters, Gloryhounds and Goliaths; The People's Republic of Chemicals; Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (the later two with William J. Kelly); and the privately issued Black Wednesday Boys. Jacobs' reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesCNNBloomberg View, the Daily News of Los AngelesLA Weekly, among other outlets. Jacobs, the recipient of numerous writing commendations, lives in Southern California. Visit chipjacobs.com to learn more.

Product Details

  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books (March 15, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L3M8G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,153,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Chip Jacobs is an award-winning Los Angeles-area author and journalist, who finds pretty much everything curious. His books include the biography STRANGE AS IT SEEMS: THE IMPOSSIBLE LIFE OF GORDON ZAHLER; the environmental social histories THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS and the international bestselling SMOGTOWN: THE LUNG BURNING HISTORY OF POLLUTION IN LOS ANGELES; the dark humor true crime story THE ASCENSION OF JERRY: MURDER, HITMEN AND THE MAKING OF L.A. MUCKRAKER JERRY SCHNEIDERMAN; the stories collection THE VICODIN THIEVES: BIOPYSING L.A.'S GRIFTERS, GLORYHOUNDS AND GOLIATHS, and; the privately issue BLACK WEDNESDAY BOYS. His reporting has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Daily News, CNN, The New York Times, Bloomberg, L.A Weekly, among others. He is currently at work on a historical novel. Visit chipjacobs.com to learn more.

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Chip Jacobs is to be congratulated and thanked for his perceptive description of Jerry Schneiderman because not many have the fortitude to keep up with him, much less appreciate Jerry's wicked sense of humor that arose from the depths of terror that he, his family and those of us lucky to have had him as a life-long friend shared during those gut-wrenching days. After reading this true-life debacle that wends its way like Lombard Street in San Francisco to as close to satisfactory ending as could be expected, I learned many facts of which I was unaware at the time this occured, though this read is deja vu all over again for me. I met Richard through the two yenta decorators, and it is because of his slipshod attention to detail in failing to keep an appointment with me that I met Jerry who has had my back ever since Richard died. Sadly, Jerry's death was not unexpected, but a shock nonetheless. I find myself asking, "What would Jerry do?" each time I confront a new problem in my life. I find myself smiling as I confidently face the issue with the same creative aplomb I learned from Jerry and go on about my business.
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The Ascension of Jerry is a great read. It's a compelling story of a man who found his true calling after enduring personal tragedy, that's carefully woven with a lot of modern Los Angeles history. It's packed with insight on politicians and public figures still on the stage today. But mostly it's the portrait of a hero named Jerry, who started off like most people primarily focused on personal concerns, but after his business partner was murdered and he was threatened found the bravery to dedicate himself to helping others. He changed lives for the better.

Jacobs is a talented writer who tells this painstakingly researched true crime story in true novel-esque fashion that keeps the reader turning the pages. Put this one on your summer reading list. Once you hit the beach and open it up, you won't be able to put it down.
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Chip Jacobs' chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in The Ascension of Jerry, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale of a hero (sorta) who is neither especially loathsome nor lovable ... maybe just lucky to get out alive. Jacobs' prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path that leads SoCal businessman Jerry Schneiderman through a series of weird events - including crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpses - only to emerge as a merry prankster with a jones for social activism. (If you haven't yet deduced that this book is not your Mama's supermarket true-crime trash, then you're doing it wrong.)

But here's the thing: Jacobs' ear for a good story is pitch perfect, and he tells it with all the smoggy pastel colors of post-noir LA. "The Ascension of Jerry" isn't an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages. So for those few true-crime readers who like their mayhem served up in a sumptuous story, seek this one out.
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Jerry Schneiderman would be 61 today, May 27, 2012, however we lost him a short while ago. I thought I knew Jerry well, even though I did not meet him until 2002. Chip Jacobs fills in some of the blanks. I worked as Jerry's' Construction Superintendent for quite a few years. My wife, daughter, and two of my sons also worked with Jerry. One would think that having so many eyes and ears, especially those of family members, available, there would be few secrets. For me there was always a mysterious side of Jerry. I and my family socialized with Jerry and his family. From the beginning of our relationship, I knew Jerry was brilliant. He had the ability to find a distressed property, put together a group of investors, and turn a Sows' Ear into a Silk Purse. Even though he wore an insulin pump and knew he was living on borrowed time due to his diabetes, he lived large and seemed fearless. Chip Jacobs' book gives me some idea of Jerry's' background. I understand better some of the personality traits that I saw in Jerry. Jerry chose to take the high road. He had a way with people that brought out their best qualities. He managed to surround himself with good, hardworking, ethical people. Once I read Chips' book I know why. If you enjoy a murder/mystery/crime story, with some psychodrama mixed in, you'll love "The Ascension of Jerry", especially if you like to read about Los Angeles/Hollywierd, and, you'll get to know Jerry too ! ! !
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A real crime page turner that will keep you up late to see it unfold. Detailed enough so that you feel part of the events - and you will experience Los Angeles as it was in the 1970's. A cautionary tale of the effects of the choices we make, and how one individual can make a positive difference in the World. A Definate choice for your summer reading.
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As one of the innocent victims of the monster who terrorized so many people, I can honestly say this book was very chilling for me to read. I discovered for the first time since the event, the many unknown facts and people who had been touched by this criminal. The complexity of the background and events that ultimately led to the death of one person and the birth of a modern day activist were fascinating to read.
Chip does a masterful job of telling the story of the monster and terror that connected all his victims and the bravery of those reluctant heroes who survived to tell the story.
Chip sets the stage and we travel back in time to those tumultous times in 1979 in a vivid, detailed way that, those of us who lived those years, can clearly recall.
Reality can truly be stranger than fiction as we travel through the eyes of the real life characters and the nightmare they were unwittingly plunged into by a ruthless, evil man.
This book was a wonderful read and hard to put down! Can't wait for the movie!
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