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Luggage By Kroger: A True Crime Memoir [NOOK Book]

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“Remember the movie ‘Fatal Attraction’? And the movie 'Basic Instinct'? And the movie ‘Play Misty for Me’? Toss all three of those in a blender, hit frappe and stand back. What comes out would be Gary Taylor’s new book—‘Luggage By Kroger’”—author Randall Radic.

“A true crime memoir reminiscent of ‘Basic Instinct.’”—Reader Views online.

“A riveting true story that reads like a high-octane crime thriller.”—Midwest Book Review.

“This award-winning true crime gem is highly recommended for your reading list.”—True ...

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Overview

“Remember the movie ‘Fatal Attraction’? And the movie 'Basic Instinct'? And the movie ‘Play Misty for Me’? Toss all three of those in a blender, hit frappe and stand back. What comes out would be Gary Taylor’s new book—‘Luggage By Kroger’”—author Randall Radic.

“A true crime memoir reminiscent of ‘Basic Instinct.’”—Reader Views online.

“A riveting true story that reads like a high-octane crime thriller.”—Midwest Book Review.

“This award-winning true crime gem is highly recommended for your reading list.”—True Crime Book Reviews.

Since its publication in December of 2008, Luggage By Kroger has been recognized as a top true crime thriller with honors from five different national book competitions. Here’s the scorecard:
•True Crime Silver Medal from the 2009 IPPYs
•True Crime Bronze Medal and Finalist for Book-of-the-Year from the 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards
•True Crime Runner-Up in the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards
•True Crime Finalist in the 2009 USA Book News Awards
•General Nonfiction Runner-Up at the 2009 New York Book Festival
In this true crime memoir, former Houston Post reporter Gary Taylor recounts his true-life fatal attraction involvement in the trail of violence that has dogged Texas attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton for nearly three decades, prompting coverage by newspapers, TV, movies and even Oprah Winfrey. Now Taylor invites readers to grab a seat on the wild ride of an obsessive relationship: erotic beginning to violent end and the trials required to clean up the mess. The result is an adventure odyssey of self-discovery through an encounter that nearly cost him his life.

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Editorial Reviews

POD People - Chris Gerrib
Luggage By Kroger is an entertaining read.
All three of these narratives are skillfully and carefully woven into a coherent and interesting tale. Gary has a self-deprecating sense of humor, and a reporter’s eye for critical details.
Taylor’s book is a window into (fatal) attractions. It’s also a damn fine read. There’s adult language and sex, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but I highly recommend buying Luggage By Kroger.
Midwest Book Review - James Carson
Sometimes, pursuit of the opposite sex makes men do strange things. "Luggage by Kroger: A True Crime Memoir" is author Gary Taylor's memoir of his adventures with a woman whose actions were not exactly of the legal variety. A former newspaper reporter who got involved with a notorious criminal attorney, Gary Taylor tells a riveting true story, one that reads like a high-octane crime thriller, of a man who was as law abiding as they come, and how his lust began to threaten his family.
True Crime Zine - Kim Cantrell
Many true crime reviews claim a book to be an extremely raw account of crime, but that statement has never been so true as it is with Luggage by Kroger from author Gary Taylor.
I found Luggage by Kroger to be a thought-provoking, emotion-inducing, addictive tale that sucked me in much like Catherine Mehaffey sucked author Gary Taylor into her deranged life.
This award winning true crime gem is highly recommended for your reading list. You don't want to miss it!
Chris Gerrib
Luggage By Kroger is an entertaining read. All three of these narratives are skillfully and carefully woven into a coherent and interesting tale. Gary has a self-deprecating sense of humor, and a reporter’s eye for critical details. Taylor’s book is a window into (fatal) attractions. It’s also a damn fine read. There’s adult language and sex, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but I highly recommend buying Luggage By Kroger.
Randall Radic
Remember the movie “Fatal Attraction”? And the movie “Basic Instinct”? And the movie “Play Misty For Me”? Toss all three of the movies in a blender, hit frappe and stand back. What comes out would be Gary Taylor’s new book – Luggage By Kroger. It’s well-written. And Taylor’s voice entertains without trying to deliberately prove he should have been a comedian. Short review summary: Buy this book. It’s sick!
James Carson
Sometimes, pursuit of the opposite sex makes men do strange things. "Luggage by Kroger: A True Crime Memoir" is author Gary Taylor's memoir of his adventures with a woman whose actions were not exactly of the legal variety. A former newspaper reporter who got involved with a notorious criminal attorney, Gary Taylor tells a riveting true story, one that reads like a high-octane crime thriller, of a man who was as law abiding as they come, and how his lust began to threaten his family.
Kim Cantrell
Many true crime reviews claim a book to be an extremely raw account of crime, but that statement has never been so true as it is with Luggage by Kroger from author Gary Taylor. I found Luggage by Kroger to be a thought-provoking, emotion-inducing, addictive tale that sucked me in much like Catherine Mehaffey sucked author Gary Taylor into her deranged life. This award winning true crime gem is highly recommended for your reading list. You don't want to miss it!
Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson
...and what a story it turned out to be! First things first – Taylor can definitely write. Starting from the intriguing title, the book pulls the reader in and does not let go. Taylor’s writing is rich and powerful, almost brutal at times and always direct. There’s no whitewashing going on – the language is oftentimes graphic and adult, and some of the sex scenes quite explicit. The violence abounds, both direct and implied. The suspense is tangible.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000704110
  • Publisher: Gary Taylor
  • Publication date: 10/5/2009
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 674,253
  • File size: 362 KB

Meet the Author

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.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Recommended

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    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2011

    Great Book

    It starts out slow, but still gets your attention. As the story progresses you get hooked. There is humor even though this man feels he may be murdered by this "Fatal Attraction" babe. I like how Mr. Taylor makes you feel you are right there with him and I swear there were moments the storyline made the hair on my neck stand up. E$xcellent Read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct come to life as a true crime memoir

    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, those 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Don't Waste Your Money

    I, too, had to force myself to finish this book. Had to look back in fear to see what I paid---only $3.99 thank goodness, although it's not worth even that. Arrogant and self serving author. I felt sorry for his poor kids...both he and his wife very selfish. Don't waste your money. Would give zero stars if I could.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Having a root canal would be more entertaining than this read

    I had to force myself to finish this book. Mr. Taylor was full of himself. He went back to this woman again & again, causing one to wonder about his intellect.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

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    A true-life 'Fatal Attraction' tale

    Remember the movie "Fatal Attraction"? And the movie "Basic Instinct"? And the movie "Play Misty For Me"? Toss all three of the movies in a blender, hit frappe and stand back. What comes out would be Gary Taylor's new book--Luggage By Kroger.

    Luggage By Kroger has been recognized as one of 2009's top true crime thrillers with honors from five different national book competitions. The scorecard:

    * True Crime Silver Medal from the 2009 IPPYs

    * True Crime Bronze Medal and Finalist for Book-of-the-Year from the 2008 ForeWord Magazine Book-of-the-Year Awards

    * True Crime Runner-Up in the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards

    * True Crime Finalist in the 2009 USA Book News Awards

    * General Nonfiction Runner-Up at the 2009 New York Book Festival

    In this true crime memoir, former Houston Post reporter Gary Taylor recounts his true-life fatal attraction involvement in the trail of violence that has dogged Texas attorney Catherine Mehaffey Shelton for nearly three decades, prompting coverage by newspapers, TV, movies and even Oprah Winfrey. Now Taylor invites readers to grab a seat on the wild ride of an obsessive relationship: erotic beginning to violent end and the trials required to clean up the mess. The result is an adventure odyssey of self-discovery through an encounter that nearly cost him his life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2013

    A jewel in the heap of true crime books

    Required reading for anyone thinking of swan-diving into the shallow end of the dating swamp.

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