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The Ascension of Jerry: Business Lies, Hitmen and the Making of an L.A. Muckraker Hardcover – March 25, 2012
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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 bookI 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 eventsincluding crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpsesonly 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**
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"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.
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.
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!