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Bogeyman Paperback – August 5, 2014
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"Jackson gives a master class on true crime reporting in BOGEYMAN. He writes with both muscle and heart." --Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU
"Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson's hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk."--Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT
"Jackson writes deeply... It's all in BOGEYMAN, a fascinating, well-paced read about the lows and highs of cold case investigations."--bestselling author and forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland in Psychology Today.
"Jackson gives a master class on true crime reporting in Bogeyman. He writes with both muscle and heart ..." - Gregg Olsen, NY Times bestselling author of The Girl In The Woods "Jackson writes deeply... It's all in BOGEYMAN, a fascinating, well-paced read about the lows and highs of cold case investigations." - bestselling author and professor of forensic psychology Katherine Ramsland in Psychology Today. "Jackson gives a master class on true crime reporting in Bogeyman. He writes with both muscle and heart as he chronicles every parent's worst nightmare. Taut and smart, his prose defies any reader to set it aside." - Gregg Olsen, New York Times bestselling author of IF I CAN'T HAVE YOU "Absorbing and haunting! BOGEYMAN spills creepily across the page with Steve Jackson's hellacious verve and insight, reminding us there are few better explorers of the American berserk." - Ron Franscell, bestselling author of THE DARKEST NIGHT "Bogeyman is a very scary but very real true-crime story that tracks the actions of a terrible demon all over the country. Great writing and a compelling story line. You should read it!" - John Ferak, author of BLOODY LIES. "I highly recommend Bogeyman byAuthor Steve Jackson to my true crime friends. It's actually quite touching and written with a great deal of respect." - R.J. Parker, author (with JJ Slate) of SOCIAL MEDIA MONSTERS. "After having read his riveting MONSTER non-stop, I didn't see how Steve Jackson could top Steve Jackson with BOGEYMAN. I can't say he has, as they are both equally riveting. In BOGEYMAN, he doesn't so much focus on the monster he calls "the darkness," but on the fine detectives who made it their life mission to put an end to his reign of terror. I highly recommend both fine works!" - Diana Montane, bestselling co-author of MISSING AND PRESUMED DEAD. "Steve Jackson's latest, BOGEYMAN, reveals a living, breathing nightmare that haunted parents as well as detectives. Be sure to add it to your reading list if you're a fan of true crime books." - Aaron Habel, host of Generation Why Podcast READER REVIEWS "Steve once again delivers an excellent read. ...Steve has told this horrific story with dignity and grace for those involved and really made their emotions come alive." - Lisa Burleson Bennie "What a great story about great police work and also a sad story for the families of the girls that were taken. Monsters exist. But so do monster hunters." - R Gregg "I have read many true crime stories and this is one of the best. ... I am thankful that we have professionals out there with determination and willing to work hard so that all our children are a little safer!" - Terri Johnson "Jackson constructs the narrative in a way that makes the reader feel as though he or she is working alongside the detectives, experiencing the frustrations and hardships of trying to bring this perpetrator to justice." - tree0789 "I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads True Crime. This is a horrific and heartbreaking story and you won't be able to stop reading once you start." - Kindle Surfer "I have had two brothers murdered and know how it feels to be a victim's family member! This book is about justice and truth!" - Wayne Johnson "Bogeyman by Steve Jackson is a page turner! Lock your doors and windows and keep your children close! If you only read one book this year - make it this one!" - Mary Mccutcheon Dobbins "This book will certainly open your eyes to how hard our police officers work, and how much they suffer emotionally and sometimes it takes its toll on them and their private lives. I hope everyone enjoys this book as much as I did." - Jerry O Fickling "A fascinating read. Having personally interacted with the men and women who keep us safe, this a worthy tribute to all that they do! ... My hat is off to you Mr. Jackson!" - Jon Keehner
From the Author
I think what made BOGEYMAN unique for me as a writer wasn't the killer's story, or even the exceptional detective work that went into bringing David Penton to justice. The book gives us a poignant and powerful inside look at the emotional, psychological and physical toll a case like this has on the men and women of law enforcement, as well as on their families; those usually unseen, and rarely revealed, stories of courage, faith and sacrifice on behalf of the victims, the victims' families, and their communities.
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Top Customer Reviews
The serial rapist, David Penton, is a monster. And so heinous were his deeds, I believe if not for the superb talent of this author to expertly pen this story the kindest way he could, I'm not sure I could have continued. This crime is appalling, as is the case whenever children are hurt, so it may not be for the faint of heart. Just wanted to give you a heads-up. That said, I'm rating it at 5 stars and I'd give more if I could. Its superbly written, so compelling it kept me up all night reading, and simply a very powerful lesson can be learned from it.
So impassioned was the writing, I may or may not have cried a few tears at this part when the detective who cracked the case finally has his moment with Penton... "Sweet stopped him by holding up his hand. "You misunderstand," he said, his tone matter-of-fact. "We didn't come here to talk to you about whether or not you did it; we know you did it. We just wanted to meet you before we bring you back to Texas and kill you." All the feelings I experienced at that one moment were overwhelming - pride, relief, appreciation, and much much more. I highly recommend this book to any true crime fan.
I highly recommend this book. Steve Jackson is a great author.