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"Well researched and a quick, engrossing read, this should be popular with true
crime readers, especially the Ann Rule crowd." --Library Journal, Starred Review

"True crime triumph for Caitlin Rother. . .a grim and bloody tale that directs our attention to the often-shocking complexities of the human animal and the sordid depths to which he may descend. Rother, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize during her tenure at the Union-Tribune, tells it well, thereby solidifying her star status in the field of true crime." --The San Diego Union-Tribune

"One of the best true crime books for 2011. . .readers will find themselves anxiously turning each page. . .I strongly recommend it." --True Crime Book Reviews

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Caitlin Rother has written or co-authored ten books.   Her latest is Then No One Can Have Her.  Her previous titles include:  Naked Addiction, I'll Take Care of You, Lost Girls, Poisoned Love, Dead Reckoning, Body Parts, Twisted Triangle, Deadly Devotion, and My Life, Deleted. Rother, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, worked as an investigative reporter at daily newspapers for nineteen years before deciding to write books full-time. Her work has been published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast. Her more than 100 TV/radio appearances include Nancy Grace, On the Record, the Jay Thomas Show, Snapped, and numerous shows on Investigation Discovery, E!, A&E, XM Radio, America at Night, C-SPAN and various affiliates. Rother also works as a book doctor, writing/research coach and consultant, and teaches narrative non-fiction writing and digital journalism at UCSD Extension and San Diego Writers, Ink.

Please visit her website at caitlinrother.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pinnacle True Crime
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786022175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786022175
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read the first book on the Hawks murder and felt this was a story that should have been told in greater detail. More information was needed on Skylar Deleon and his wife Jennifer. With "Reckoning" you get that information and more. You find yourself wondering: Was Skylar born a killer or made one? Would either of them have done something like this without ever meeting the other? These questions come up as you read the chilling and scary tale of the murder of one couple, by another couple -- for their boat and life savings. I guarantee you will not be able to put this book down. The author lays out the story in great detail and keeps you interested from start to finish. "Reckoning" plays out like a horror movie where you can't believe what is coming next.

Tom and Jackie Hawks have it all, a great marriage, a loving family and lots of friends - They worked hard and retired on the sea, living on their yacht and sailing to beautiful places. When their first grandchild arrives, they realize they want to be close to their family so they decide to sell their yacht and buy a house. Enter the greedy Skylar and his misfit wife, Jennifer. Skylar and Jennifer want the boat but don't want to actually buy it. They want to steal it, and believe they can get away with it. Deleon tells the Hawks he is a former child actor from a popular children's television show (he appeared in one episode) and has money to invest. After taking his pregnant wife and toddler to meet the Hawks, the Hawks are convinced they are dealing with a decent young family. Later, Skylar returns with two thugs. What you will read is absolutely terrifying. A must read for any true crime fan and definately for the first time reader of the TC genre.
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"Dead Reckoning" is a harrowing book to read, but it will be well worth your taking the time to read it. It's a reminder of just how capable of evil some members of the human species are, just in case you need any reminders. Caitlin Rother has written five "true-crime" non-fiction accounts, and each is more distressing than the next, but she has a gift of taking us into the totality of the brutal experience we're reading about, contrasting the heroes and heroines with the villains and monsters she writes about.

I began becoming quasi-addicted to these kinds of true crime chronicles many years ago in the early 80's after I read Joe McGinness's hypnotic account of the Jeffrey MacDonald murder case in which MacDonald, an Army physician, was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters. It was a horrific crime, but McGinness's weaving of the tale, withholding information, giving it to us a little at a time, until the full monstrosity of the event is exposed, set a new standard for the genre--though that standard was challenged by Janet Malcolm, in her equally mesmerizing "The Journalist and the Murderer," in which she contends that McGinness acted unethically by leading MacDonald to believe the book would be supportive of his innocence.

The relationship between these murderers and the journalists who write about them is, in fact, a problematic interaction.
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Once again, I saw this story on TV and became mildly interested but this book surpasses everything you may have seen on TV concerning Skylar Deleon! This may be one of the strangest killers to come along in a while!!! All I will say about that is adult diapers, Wet and Wild lipgloss, and I'm a Little Teapot. I disagree with the reviewer that said the characters were hard to follow. This writing is clear, concise, and does an excellent job with those little hangers at the end of sections and chapters that TC readers love. She does not insert herself into the story and she has tons of background info on both Skylar and Jennifer. His childhood was one of the saddest I have ever read about and I did feel some sympathy for him as a kid. Jennifer, however, had a perfect childhood and I am not sure what she was doing with the effeminate Skylar in the first place. Definitely worth the price and a great read. Also, I would be remiss and doing no female a favor if I did not mention, you must Google pictures of Ryan Hawks and the rest of the family. Beautiful people touched by a horrible scum worse than any boat barnacle.
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By TJM on February 8, 2011
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Just finished reading this book, "Dead Reckoning" and I was absolutely riveted.
I couldn't put it down.
I read it cover to cover over the weekend.
My kids had to yell at me to "put the book down" so I could play with them.
To the author's point at the end, I only wish the book was longer!
Thank you, Ms. Rother for writing this gripping account.
A must read!
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As usual, Caitlin Rother does not disappoint. Her roots as an investigative reporter shines through in all her books, and especially Dead Reckoning. Without the typical copy/paste from news publications that so many true crime authors employ as a means of publishing their books asap, Rother carefully researches, interviews, and threads facts together. The end result is a peeling back of the many horrific layers that cause good people (Tom and Jackie Hawks), to fatefully cross paths with pure evil (Skylar and Jennifer DeLeon).

This book is a page turner, along the lines of the Ann Rule books I read in the early 90's. Dead Reckoning delves into the mindsets that ultimately drove the Deleons, and accomplices to brutally murder a couple who fought and begged for their lives because they desperately wanted to see their newborn grandson grow up. The book also goes into detail the genius investigative tactics by both the Newport Beach Police Department and the Orange County District Attorney's office. Skylar and Jennifer Deleon might have thought they were pulling off the perfect murder, but they were no match for investigators (and the brother of victim Tom Hawks, who was a retired police chief), who are trained at spotting the subtle nuances that criminals emit in their behaviors and actions.

This is an excellent read that will have you raptly turning pages. You can find it in paperback, or download it to your tablet device. This is a 5-star all the way. (And for that 1-star rating, I see this person 1-star rates just about everything they've reviewed. I strongly suggest this person take up a hobby that doesn't include reading).
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