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"Krajicek is moved by the incongruity of commonplace surroundings and evil deeds...Some themes run through the crimes he has studied. Among them is a recurrence of immorality and buffoonery in the same felonious package...Friends have come to call Krajicek as 'Mr. Murder.' He never considers this an insult."--Ken Newton, St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press

David J. Krajicek's work in brief: "Hardboiled lyricism," says Prof. Lynne D. Schneider of Binghamton University. "Lively," says Entertainment Weekly. "Passionate," says Ken Auletta of The New Yorker. "Powerful," says the American Journalism Review.

"David Krajicek's crime writing has branded him Mr. Murder, so it's apt he looks the heavy with his bearded mug, bouncer glare and imposing size. This tabloid poet and rebel hails from a long line of barkeeps and meatpackers. He is a standout writer of terse, staccato prose and vivid details."--Leo Adam Biga, The Omaha Reader

"Krajicek is the Catskills' own hard-boiled true-crime writer...Sordid tales of bad behavior, villainous deeds and villainous men."-- Julia Reischel, The Watershed Post

About the Author

David J. Krajicek has been telling crime stories for more than 30 years. He writes "The Justice Story," a true crime feature, for the Sunday New York Daily News. A native Nebraskan, he also has worked as a newspaperman in Iowa and Nebraska and as a journalism professor at Columbia University. Krajicek's other books include Murder, American Style: 50 Unforgettable True Stories About Love Gone Wrong (News Ink Books), Scooped (Columbia University Press) and the best-selling e-book Death by Rock 'n' Roll (Crimescape/RosettaBooks). He lives in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York and on the Gulf Coast.
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Product Details

  • Series: True Crime
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (August 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811707083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811707084
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David J. Krajicek has been telling crime stories for more than 30 years, as an author and a newspaperman.

A native of South Omaha, Nebraska, he comes from a long line of meatpackers and bartenders--men and women who have told a few stories of their own. Krajicek was a Columbia University journalism professor during the 1990s, but he was drawn back to his true muse: writing.

Since 1999, he has been writing The Justice Story, a weekly true crime feature that has been running in the New York Daily News for nearly a century. (His book "Murder, American Style" includes 50 stories drawn from his work on The Justice Story.)

He was a special correspondent for Court TV's Crime Library and has appeared frequently on television as a crime expert, including on "The Today Show" and Dominick Dunne's "Power, Privilege and Justice" on Court TV. He lives in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

His latest e-book is "Gotti and Me: A Crime Reporter's Close Encounters With the New York Mafia" (News Ink Books), an organized crime best-seller. His latest paperback (also available as an e-book), "True Crime: Missouri, The State's Most Notorious Criminal Cases" (Stackpole), has been a regional best-seller. And an e-book for Kindle Singles, "Death By Rock 'n' Roll" (Crimescape/RosettaBooks), has been a crime best-seller.

Music is a subject that moves him: Krajicek has spent years singing and playing trombone in The Blues Maneuver, an old-school R&B band in New York.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna Sorenson on April 11, 2013
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This book was well written and well researched. Being a Missouri resident, I was familiar with most of the crimes covered, and it was interesting to read them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie S. Akridge on February 15, 2014
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A compilation of crimes and criminals in MO. Many of these stories I have already read or known about but when they are all in one book right in front of you!! I don't think I will be traveling to MO anytime soon let's put it that way lol.The story of Stagger Lee comes out of MO. This book is also a short but rich history of the state that I enjoyed knowing about. It's a good quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By April on January 22, 2014
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Book isn't as great as I expected, stories too short. I like details & more information. Actually a little disappointed
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There isn't much to say than this is a good fun true crime read. For the most part the stories are either old enough to have been forgotten or low key enough to have not been covered outside of Missouri. These stories are written with just the proper amounts of news paper flash to make each element engaging. The stories are well chosen and represent what one might read in a local paper yet written well enough that if you did not know much about the story you quickly do. The Ken Rex McElroy murder and Bobby Greenlease case are well known but the rest aren't which makes for great reading.

This is a good story to read!
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By michele rhoads on March 24, 2014
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Since I was from Mo. I was interested in Walter Scott murder. I found the whole book interesting enough but to read it through but nothing to write home about. If you want to amuse yourself, go ahead and read this book.
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