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There continues to be a lot of buzz around James Renner’s 2016 book, True Crime Addict. It is a deeply personal story told by a true crime journalist about his experience exploring an unsolved murder case.
There are shades of the blockbuster 2005 movie Capote in this book. Not for the stories themselves, but rather the rabbit hole both authors traveled down to get at the heart of the story … and the heart of darkness in human nature that causes these stories to take place.
Exploring the world of monsters can exact a price on the storyteller. Couple this with the tragic and compelling story of the disappearance of Maura Murray and you have a great true crime read.
True Crime Addict
“When an eleven-year-old James Renner fell in love with Amy Mihaljevic, the missing girl seen on posters all over his neighborhood, it was the beginning of a lifelong obsession with true crime. That obsession led James to a successful career as an investigative journalist. It also gave him PTSD.
In 2011, James began researching the strange disappearance of Maura Murray, a UMass student who went missing after wrecking her car in rural New Hampshire in 2004. Over the course of his investigation, he uncovers numerous important and shocking new clues about what may have happened to Maura, but also finds himself in increasingly dangerous situations with little regard for his own well-being.
As his quest to find Maura deepens, the case starts taking a toll on his personal life, which begins to spiral out of control. The result is an absorbing dual investigation of a complicated case that has eluded authorities for more than a decade and a journalist’s own complicated true-crime addiction.” (Amazon description)
“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
James Renner: In His Own Words
You can grab his True Crime Addict below or visit the order page for his new book “Muse” released on May 14, 2019.