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The Serial Killer's Apprentice: And Other True Stories of Cleveland's Most Intriguing Unsolved Crimes Paperback – October 31, 2008
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Renner’s book is chilling because it reminds us that the bad guys often get away. Instead of the neat closure that we find at the end of every “CSI” and “Monk” episode, we have nothing but a pile of frustrating questions . . . This book is for the true-crime aficionado that understands the frustration of a cold case . . . It is for those of us that find the ice-cold splash of reality intellectually more refreshing than the perfect neatness of fiction. (Professor Plum crimecritics.com 2009-01-08)
This is a great book for true crime aficionados who don’t necessarily require a tidy ending . . . Renner has a great, documentary-like feel to his storytelling―you experience the cases firsthand as he sorts through the clues, theories, conjecture and intrigue. (Michelle McNamara truecrimediary.com 2009-02-16)
Takes the imagination to a dark and chilling place. This, Renner’s second book, shows off his talents in the [crime reporting] genre: an investigator’s persistence, a strong sense of mystery-suspense storytelling and a direct and restrained style that can both pull back to describe a crime scene and turn sympathetic to illuminate victims’ vibrant but lost lives . . . Renner’s writing is gripping, well researched and hard to put down. (Erick Trickey Cleveland Magazine 2009-03-01)
Not for the faint of heart. This well-written book delves into 13 true and as yet unsolved Northeast Ohio cases―many involving grisly murders . . . Renner tracks down leads as he reviews the cases and confronts suspects. Although new techniques, such as analyzing DNA may someday be used to discover what really happened, Renner’s book makes clear that today the truth stubbornly remains elusive. (Laura Kennelly Morning Journal 2008-12-14)
Most of [Renner’s] mysteries are as enticing as any you are likely to see on any network crime show. The only difference is that in these real crime stories, the guilty remain at large. (Terry Mapes News Journal 2009-01-25)
A most fascinating book. I know journalists are constantly told to stay objective, but it’s obvious that these cases have touched Mr. Renner on a personal level . . . I highly recommend this book to any true crime fan. It is one of the best I have read in a long time. (Trench Reynolds CrimeNe.ws 2009-03-18)
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If you want the pleasure of chasing a bad guy and nabbing him, this isn't your tale. This book is for the true-crime aficionado that understands the frustration of a cold case. It is for the amateur sleuth that wants to paw through Renner's facts hoping to find a missed clue. It is for those of us that find the ice-cold splash of reality intellectually more refreshing than the perfect neatness of fiction. This book will color your awareness of the cases covered on news sites like DreaminDemon.com and give you a new-found respect for the men and women in law enforcement.
The 13 crimes are a varied bunch. You have a dead stripper that nobody cares about, a high-profile bank robber that people compared to D.B. Cooper, and everything in-between. There is a man that seemed very likely to have killed his wife, but enough doubt and missing evidence to stay a conviction. There is an apparent suicide that doesn't seem at all apparent to Renner, the boy's family, nor myself. There is the titular case of Robert Buell, who was put to death for raping and killing women in the early 80's.Read more ›
All the stories were good in this book, as I said my favorite was the "west-side" girls because I know the neighborhood so well, I hope other stories in his book are also solved, this was an amazing story and more so now that the girls survived the horrors and hell of a sadistic predator, the details are almost too distubning too hear.
Since Mr. Renner knows the streets and area's and locations and all the details I hope he perhaps writes a book about his case since he was one of the first, if not only, too write about it. I think it would make a fine follow-up book.
You will enjoy this one through especially if you are from Cleveland. A great book too read around the fireplace on a cold snowy night!
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Renner's writing style reminds me of those old Hardboiled detective stories. He deserves to be commended not only for entwining us in these interesting, but obscure, crime... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jonathan M. Jacobs
If you are a true crime buff or from the Cleveland area, then this book is for you. Told in short story form ,this book has several chapters, each focusing on a local true crime . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Julie
stories are not as well written or detailed as I would have hoped, but it's not bad.Published 22 months ago by Karen J. Bacon
Sloppy writing. Inaccurate reporting. Not a true journalist….couldn't hack it as a real journalist so his writes "dime store detective" novelettes. Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by Sandra H.
Unsettling but true stories from right in my own back yard. Very well written. Love tge writers sarcasm and wit.Published on October 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Had lived in Cleveland when some of these murders took place and have never forgotten Beverly Jaroz. Factual and interesting without being judgmental.Published on July 27, 2013 by G. Chambers
I enjoyed some of these facinating stories, but I felt like they all sort of left me hanging. I would have enjoyed more of a conclusion to each story rather than just a bunch of... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Amazon Buyer
I loved this book! Im obsessed with the stories in the news and this book showed me some insight into some of the ones in the area!Published on February 10, 2013 by meghan