Luggage By Kroger

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"Catherine was destined to become several important things to me. But most prominently, she would become my problem-solver. Before I met her, I had a bunch of problems. Then, all of sudden, with her in my life I had only one."

Written as a true crime memoir, Luggage By Kroger is a unique, genre-crossing tale that blends memoir with mystery, legal procedural, and psycho-thriller. Fatal Attraction meets Angela's Ashes as a former Houston newspaper reporter recounts a pivotal year ...

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Overview

"Catherine was destined to become several important things to me. But most prominently, she would become my problem-solver. Before I met her, I had a bunch of problems. Then, all of sudden, with her in my life I had only one."

Written as a true crime memoir, Luggage By Kroger is a unique, genre-crossing tale that blends memoir with mystery, legal procedural, and psycho-thriller. Fatal Attraction meets Angela's Ashes as a former Houston newspaper reporter recounts a pivotal year centered on his dangerous affair with one of the most intriguing femmes fatales of American crime. Forewarned of the dangers but unable to resist, he still dives into a torrid relationship that takes him to a new level of self-awareness and revelation as he becomes her target while trying to protect his estranged wife and their two daughters from the violence they all know is set to explode.

Told with self-deprecating humor and high-octane drama, Luggage By Kroger pulls no punches in finally sharing the inside story that forced him onto the talk-show circuit in the late 1980s as the poster boy for true-life fatal attractions with Oprah, Regis and Sally. It's a story that twice has seen life as television docudrama. But the intimate details have remained under the radar since they occurred in 1979-80. As he says in his dedication, this book is written partially for all those who "kept me out late in bars demanding more."

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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. He's also done some research (alas after his shooting) into the nature of mental illness, and has come to understand that the obsessive "love" of Catherine Mahaffey was really a need to control everybody.

The Mehaffey story, which was well-publicized at the time, became one of the inspirations for the movie Fatal Attraction. Taylor's book is a window into that attraction. 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. RATING 10/10
—Chris Gerrib
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LBK is a great book. It's well-written, which means that it moves along and doesn't get bogged down in nonsense that isn't pertinent to the story. And Taylor's voice, which is funny in a I-can't-believe-I-did-this-and-lived kind of way, entertains without trying to deliberately prove he should have been a comedian.

Did I mention another tidbit? It's a self-published book, which is hard to tell because somebody did a good job of editing the text. And somebody (the same person?) did a wonderful job copy-editing the text. I couldn't find one typo or glitch in punctuation. Most self-publishers don't put that kind of time and attention into their final product. The self-publishers forget that when readers pay 20 bucks or more for a book, they want their money's worth. Taylor provides it.

The title - Luggage By Kroger - was just weird enough to catch my eye. The more I think about the title, the more I like it. And the cover art was a good idea gone bad. I liked the concept, but the implementation was poor. The colors are washed out, which means I had to stare at the cover for two minutes to figure out what it was supposed to be. Whereas, in a perfect world, the cover should slap me across the face with its high contrast.--(Randall Radic, author of A Priest in Hell and The Sound of Meat)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595530304
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 953,180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    Recommended

    Worth Reading

    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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