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Dead Reckoning (Pinnacle True Crime) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2011
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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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This is a must read!
As a side note, I really hope CA overturns the taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery for those incarcerated. Prison isn't a vacation.
Caitlin Rother brings her considerable talent--as a Pulitzer Prize nominated journalist--to guide her readers through the complexity of this multi layered case with clarity and precision reflecting her nineteen years as an investigative reporter. Rother's skillful narrative carries the reader along to help contextualize what would otherwise be an overly complicated story.
Skylar Deleon's personal revelation--behind bars--of his motivation for killing the Hawkses is an unexpected jaw dropper. This is a story of sociopathic greed and ruthless people who were blinded by the same thing--the color of money.
For two days, I did little else but turn pages of this satisfying true crime read.
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.