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The Ascension of Jerry [Kindle Edition]

Chip Jacobs
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Book Description

Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. A threatened son. Life in hiding. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles and the buzzard-eyed ringleader came for him. Though the killers behind the murder-for-hire corporation were nabbed, the trauma annihilated Jerry's family and strip-mined his trust. Recovery only came years later with Jerry's improbable rebirth as a prank-loving activist who defended the weak by milking his scars.

Product Details

  • File Size: 461 KB
  • Print Length: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Rare Bird Books (March 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007L3M8G8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,314,959 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is true to fact January 2, 2013
By zuggie
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I knew "Richard" well (real last name different than in the book.) I was a friend for many years from childhood. As an adult, my wife and I spent lots of time with Richard and his first wife.

I was not in business with him. I was surprised to learn a "different side" than the "Richard" I knew. The factual information I received before the book was written matched the facts in the book. I didn't know "Jerry."

The book is gripping. I "couldn't put it down." It was a sad end to a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chip Jacobs is a genuine writer and here's proof April 2, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Book July 31, 2013
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The Ascension of Jerry was gripping from page one. This book had an element an element of suspense that had you dying to turn the next page but also scared to know what was going to happen next. Just when you thought all of the mayhem had come to an end, another surprise popped out of the pages. Though this book is filled with murder, crime, and injustice, it also shows that the hero will prevail in the end, even if it is in an unconventional manner. This book is haunting in the best of ways and I never wanted to put it down One of the best books I've ever read. Jacobs is truly commendable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Early reviews for the Ascension of Jerry: April 28, 2012
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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, L.A. Times bestselling author of "Boulevard" and "Beat."

" ... wildly unpredictable mix of darkly humorous and highly dangerous events ...." -- Pasadena Weekly article entitled "Killer Prose: With the Ascension of Jerry, writer Chip Jacobs reveals his wildest true tale yet.
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More About the Author

Chip Jacobs is an award-winning Los Angeles-area author and journalist. His latest book is "The Vicodin Thieves: Biopysing L.A.'s Grifters, Gloryounds and Goliaths" (Vireo/Rare Bird Books), a collection of his best narrative, feature and investigative articles since 1990. The Southern California Book Festival named it the best compilation/anthology in their 2013 awards. Prior to "Vicodin Thieves" was the true-crime thriller "The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman" (Viveo/Rare Bird Books). Preceding those works, Jacobs co-authored the acclaimed social history "Smogtown: the Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles" (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA) with William J. Kelly. Jacobs first book was "Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood's Flashiest Quadriplegic" (Behler Publications). Besides these, Jacobs' popular profile of former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alatorre is included in the anthology "Voices of the U.S.-Latino Experience" (Greenwood Publications). Chip is currently working on a new environmental book, a biography of two, longtime L.A. industrialists who've shared an astonishing journey and a historical novel. On the journalism side, Jacobs' work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, the Daily News of Los Angeles, L.A. Weekly, the New York Times, CNN, The Chicago Tribune, the Orlando Sentinel, Southland Publishing, and Bloomberg View, among other outlets. His writing has been honored by the Independent Book Publishers Awards (IPPY), the Hollywood Book Festival, the Green Book Festival, the city of Santa Monica's Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, Booklist magazine, the California Newspapers Publishers Association, the Los Angeles Press Club, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Los Angeles Times. Visit or to learn more. Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Southern California and The American University in Washington, D.C. He broke into journalism in 1990 at The Los Angeles Business Journal. Jacobs lives in Southern California with his wife, a USC public relations professor, and their two children.


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