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Three Bodies Burning: The Anatomy of an Investigation into Murder, Money, and Mexican Marijuana [Kindle Edition]

Brian Bogdanoff
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A haunting triple murder... the inside story of the investigation

When two worlds collide-the illegal transportation of tons of Mexican cartel marijuana to inner city gang members in a Midwestern city's "hood"-three bodies end up burning, caught in a web of greed as a major international drug deal goes very bad.

The chilling trail of evidence from a remote wooded area where three bodies are set on fire leads homicide detectives across the country chasing down witnesses and conspirators in a two-year search for cold-blooded killers. This case has it all: murder, piles of cash stashed in the most unlikely of places, a blood-soaked crime scene, the remote dump site for bodies, luxury cars, flashy jewelry, and hundreds of pounds of illegal dope.

An unbelievable break takes detectives down the rabbit hole where CSI meets Law & Order and where good old gumshoeing and meticulous forensic procedures bring down a mega-million-dollar drug conspiracy and lock up the bad guys for life.

Follow the case through the eyes of the gritty homicide/narcotics detective. A handbook for the amateur criminologist, this book is for true crime fans, prosecutors and defense attorneys, and cops and robbers.

Warning: This book contains graphic crime scene photos and adult language.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publisher: 1161 Press, LLC (December 3, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004EYTBTO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating January 3, 2011
By Sharrie
Format:Paperback
This book is so well written it reads like a John Grisham novel. I couldn't put it down. Fascinating insight into the world of those who fight crime and those who commit the crimes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True-crime page turner January 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
In a world full of CSI, NCIS, and Law&Order (all good shows), people tend to start believing that that's the way things work. A crime occurs, and within days or a few weeks, the crime is solved, we know all the who's, why's, how's, where's and such, and the bad guy gets his comeuppance. That's not the way things work in the real world, and these shows take away from recognizing how much work it really takes to solve a crime and how important our law enforcement professionals really are. "Three Bodies Burning" really illustrates how much work goes into solving a complex homicide case, and Brian's clear and to the point style really keeps the pages turning. He takes you step by step through the process, adds just the right amount of explanation for non-law enforcement people (like myself), and just the right amount of detail. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop, and even neglected my homework once or twice because I just had to know what happened next! And best of all, the good guys won and the bad guys got put where they belong. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chief Said it was a Good Read! January 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
I initially bought this book on impulse for my father-in-law who is a retired Chief of Police. Living near Omaha, my curiosity was peaked and I added another for myself as well. My father-in-law read it within days of receiving it and told me numerous times how much he liked it. He was convinced that the author's attention to detail and organization was key in solving the case. I found myself, having no background in law enforcement, quite enthralled with the story. It read like a fictional crime novel, but left a lasting impression as only a true story can. The crime scene photos are graphic, but added a great element of reality, making this book a SUPERIOR READ.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown Thriller! January 5, 2011
By Loretta
Format:Paperback
I love it when I start reading a book and can't put it down! Everything else takes a back seat and this book definitely is that kind of cover to cover thriller. It helps that I live in Omaha and know the lay of the land, the local legal system and many of the characters as I figured out some of the players - - - and I have an interest in fire and arson investigations thanks to my son who is a Fire Marshall . . . but I kept thinking to myself as I read, how can such evil live right here in my beautiful City?? An amazing job of writing by a real local cop who succeeded in solving a nightmare of an investigation right in our own "back yard". A must read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting story. It will stick with you. December 10, 2010
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I've read a lot of crime novels (Lee Child, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline, Karin Slaughter), but nothing fictional compares to the real deal. This detective/author tracked down cold-blooded killers. Nothing is made up. He didn't have to embellish a thing. This is a thrill ride.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book will written. March 27, 2011
By GLK
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I thought it would take me awhile to finish this book as I'm not an avid reader. I quickly found out this book was great and finished it in one day. I think Brian does a great job of keeping the reader's attention. Some books bounce around too much. Not in this case. I highly recommend this book to all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Bodies Burning March 17, 2011
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Very easy and quiok reading. As the author shows charts connecting people involved in these murders, it is also very easy to follow. Fascinating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real, insightful look at police case procedure March 15, 2011
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This book is like an episode of THE FIRST 48 that spans years.

On an early Spring morning in 2005, a passing cruiser notices what he thinks is a brush fire in a remote area of Omaha. Fire trucks are dispatched, only to discover that the burning is much more gruesome than brush: three men, dead before the fire, with no ID on any of them.

Things shift gears, and Homicide is called in. A young detective, until recently on the drug squad, is early on the scene, and not long into his investigation of the case he makes a connection that leads to the triple murder being tied to a drug deal gone bad. Through a long, dogged pursuit of facts that leads the detectives involved as far afield as Phoenix, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, and into the toughest areas of Omaha, the book lays out procedures followed and evidence collected in a systematic, precise manner. The reader is sucked into the ugly netherworld of drugs and retribution and the sometimes maddeningly slow process in accumulating everything needed to bring the guilty to trial - and vindication for the victims.

Mr Bogdanoff - who effectively blows his cover name of Bo Harrison - brings us into his world with blunt directness, laying open the life of a police detective with sometimes wry humor (he'll travel anywhere and interview anyone if a Waffle House is in the neighbourhood) which has as much hurry-up-and-wait to it as Bullitt-style chases and French-Connection nabs. He relays stories of surveillance moments that makes the reader nervous, including an iffy moment with one of their suspects (and a cool moment of genius from his partner)that made me actually exhale when it was over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the detective in all of us!
Really get to see things from the front lines. Not for the timid, and i would keep it out of little hands. But as you can tell, it's not written for kids. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Gargoyle
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 bodies burning
I lived close to where the burning bodies were discovered. On a good day I could hit a golf ball from my back yard to where the bodies were found. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Madich
5.0 out of 5 stars says used and looks brand new
I was kind of surprised when I received this because the description says used and the binding wasnt even creased. Read more
Published 3 months ago by msmalissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty!
I live in the Omaha area and remember this case. I have several close friends who are peace officers. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Renee Sheehan
5.0 out of 5 stars Cou
I couldn't put the book down I had to know what happened next. It was as if I had sat down with the detective and he was me telling me about the case.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hometown True Crime
Brian Bogdanoff, a retired twenty-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department in both the narcotics and homicide units, details the biggest and most complex case of his career. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nicole Caskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book - Fast Read
This is just a fantastic book that takes the reader through discovering the murders, detective work that uncovers a huge drug conspiracy and the trial of heinous drug trafficking... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I wanted to read this book because it happen here in my hometown of Omaha.. and I knew one of the Head gentleman and my childhood friend lives in Maricopa county AZ.. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down
Don't usually read this type of book, but started reading it in airport and couldn't put down, finished it before we landed back home. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jewellvaye
4.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and the inside story
The writer has a unique style. The insights into the people and day to day environment of the police force is fascinating along with the case itself. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dale Smith
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More About the Author

Brian Bogdanoff retired from the Omaha Police Department after twenty-two years of service. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and graduated from the Omaha Police Academy. Before his service as a homicide detective, Bogdanoff was an undercover narcotics detective for the City of Omaha.

Bogdanoff's police work has been awarded numerous times by the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, a group dedicated to "enhancing the overall effectiveness of the criminal justice system." He also received an Honorable Mention in 2007 from John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. Bogdanoff is the author of the award-winning book, Three Bodies Burning: The Anatomy of an Investigation into Murder, Money, and Mexican Marijuana.


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