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I am a veteran journalist and author of the award-winning true crime memoir, Luggage By Kroger. During a forty-year career as a newspaper and magazine journalist, I have covered crime, courts and legal affairs for multiple publications, including The Houston Post, The National Law Journal and Time Magazine. I began my career after graduation from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism, where I won the Walter Williams Award as the outstanding writer in the class of 1969. As a newspaper reporter, I was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize on a series of stories that freed an aging convict from prison and I won the Texas UPI Enterprise reporting award for stories exposing police corruption. As a freelance journalist from 1980-1997, I expanded my expertise to business writing, sports and larger general interest stories. Since 1997 I have specialized in business reporting as a staffer for trade publications covering the chemical and oil industries.
In 2008 I finally had the time to write a true crime memoir about the dramatic events that created a life-defining moment while working as the criminal courts reporter for The Houston Post in 1979. The result has been my award-winning book, Luggage By Kroger. It has been honored with a 2009 Silver Medal for true crime books by the IPPYs, a 2008 Bronze Medal for true crime from ForeWord Magazine and was 2009 Runner-Up in the true crime division of the National Indie Excellence Awards. It also was named a finalist for ForeWord Magazine's 2009 Book-of-the-Year Award.
on April 07, 2010 :
Earlier reviews of this book's paperback version consistently compared the story shared here with the popular cinematic psycho-thrillers "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct." Although Luggage By Kroger is a nonfiction, true crime memoir of events that occurred in Houston before either of those movies was made, the comparisons seem right on target.
Imagine a true story written in the first-person by the Michael Douglas-characters portrayed in those films, and you'll have a good idea about what's in store with this book.
The result is a tale of mysterious unsolved murders, explosive violence, erotic drama, psychological investigation, self-deprecating humor and some trial sequences to rank with any fictional John Grisham legal thriller. The story seems even more amazing because all of it is true.
Luggage By Kroger transcends the true crime genre with its memoir format and deserves all the recognition it has achieved.
(reviewed the day of purchase)