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About the Author

Born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Glen Klinkhart was a police detective for over seventeen years and has worked hundreds of murder cases as a homicide detective. He is one of the most successful and decorated detectives in the state of Alaska and has been featured on such television shows as ABC’s 20/20, CNN/TIME magazine and Dateline NBC. He is an experienced lecturer and trainer on such topics as overcoming adversity, Internet Safety, personal safety, and homicide investigations. Glen has given talks to local, statewide and national audiences. He is also recognized as an expert in the fields of crime investigation and computer forensics.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: SecurusMedia (May 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985351136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985351137
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dawn Dolly Webb TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11, 2015
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I'll be honest, I've never picked up a crime, mystery, thriller oriented book. Contrary to most of my family I'm not a huge fan of Law and Order and CSI and the multiple other award-winning crime-fighting shows that are ever-so-popular. So it takes a lot for me to stand up and say that this book kept my interest the entire way through. From the acknowledgements to the end my attention was captured and held. And I can honestly say that whether or not this is your 'typical genre', it will be a memorable and worthwhile read.

The story is based on true events, although- according to the acknowledgements from the author Glen himself, some names have been changed (as is to be expected with a true story). Glen's sister Dawn was murdered when he was quite young- and an eerily similar case regarding a woman named Bethany is what this tale is about. Bethany goes missing, and Glen makes it his responsibility to find her- or, find out what happened to her. This is not a tale for the faint of heart. The unfortunate truths of mankind can be found on so many pages in this book. The terrifying, real, and horrific aspects of humanity. And yet, amidst all of that- is the light that is Glen and the rest of the officers and volunteers who dedicate themselves to bettering and saving the human race (or, at least, bringing justice to their deaths).

Find Bethany is a compelling tale. A long read, but one that you won't easily be able to put down. From the start the characters reach out from the page, and grab your attention. Even weeks after you finish this book you'll be recounting all of Glen's memories- analyzing every bit of his story as much as he has. His tale is deeply moving, inspiring, and impossible to forget. I planned on reading this book slowly, in increments, as I got time.
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I bought my copy from our local independent book store when the author had signed it. As so many others have, I followed this story locally, saw the posters, and was immensely relieved when it was solved, though very sad. I have one question. Who was Sarge? Is he a composite, or a pseudonym. I have my ideas but would not make any guesses here. I have nothing but admiration for the detective author. The book brought me to tears many times. I appreciate the story of the lengthy careful process. It helps to know and understand. There are, of course, unanswered questions, but he told the story very well and thoroughly.
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Absolutely fascinating. As a resident of Anchorage when Bethany was murdered, I remember how the city was transfixed in the hunt for her and her killer. We had no idea how busy the police were behind the scenes. Nor did I appreciate the emotional cost, and rewards, of being a cop.
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Retired Anchorage Alaska homicide detective Glen Klinkhart gives us Finding Bethany- a powerful story of crime, love, loss, guilt, and self discovery. Finding Bethany is a true story, third person account where Detective Glen Klinkhart takes us on "ride along" of sorts into the dark world of Anchorage Alaska sociopathy -but he also contrasts this with the hope/lightness of love which the reader feels in his relationship with the Corriera family and his son. What caught my attention about this author was his bravery to tackle a case that must have been incredibly emotionally charged for him. It's difficult enough to work as a homicide detective, but throw into the mix the fact that his sister was also a victim of a heinous crime, and that certainly creates a person with a story to tell. Though this book can be a quick read, I chose to take my time with it. I very much enjoyed how the book was organized, as I was able to read a couple short chapters each morning with my coffee, and then let the writing sink in. Klinkhart does such a great job with his character development, that I needed extra time to process how I felt about everyone-it's not light material when dealing with sociopaths and homicide. Klinkhart does a brilliant job pulling the reader into his world. At the same time, he is respectful of the victims and their families-including his own.
An additional theme that comes through in the book is the fact that the Anchorage police department's homicide unit does fantastic work. APD's homicide solve rate is in the ball park of 90-94 percent, and this book gives a nice snap shot as to why the APD has such a high rate (national average is about 64 percent). So, this book is a great read for anyone interested in the criminal justice field.
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This book was intriguing - but sad for her family.
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