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True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray Paperback – June 6, 2017
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"[Renner] is just plain fun to read."―Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
"You have not read a book like this before and, I’d wager, you’ll not engage with its like again. . . . Renner is a tantalizing and almost gleeful tour guide to and through the impulses of the armchair detective."―Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As the title suggests, [True Crime Addict] is an addictive read."―Bustle
"The mystery of Murray’s whereabouts is baffling. . . . [Renner’s] chipping away at the facts of a ten-year-old case makes the reader hope that, in the end, the answers will be uncovered. An entrancing, brilliant next step for fans of the podcast Serial, Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and other true crime cases."―Library Journal (starred review)
"Brutally honest, no-holds-barred storytelling . . . Renner brilliantly covers all the bases here."―M. William Phelps, New York Times bestselling author
"Renner’s walk on the dark side makes for a highly compelling read."―Kathryn Casey, bestselling author of Deliver Us
"Renner’s personal involvement in the case―and his self-destructive, relentless dedication to confronting the darkness at the heart of it [...is] noteworthy."―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
JAMES RENNER is the author of The Serial Killer's Apprentice and several other works of nonfiction. His true crime stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing anthology, as well the Cleveland Scene and Cracked.com. His method of using social media to solve cold cases was the subject of a CNN profile in 2015. He has also written two novels, The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. He lives in Akron with his wife and children.
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In short, the book is great, I particularly liked the synchronicity effect Renner talks about, I truly believe these cases are usually solved because of the small quirky details, and coincides are not by accident. If you are a reasonable reader who likes a true mystery, I highly recommend this book.
Renner is a good writer, he speaks plainly but he holds you. He opens up tot he reader, not just about his search for Maura but his own life and family and how the case impacted him. It's a highly personal book. I think he wanted to give the reader information about Maura, while at the same time show what obsession with an unsolved mystery can do.
I know he is writing fiction now, I really hope he revisits this case after it's resolved.