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Shocking True Story
     

Shocking True Story

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by Gregg Olsen
 

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER

Kevin Ryan is a writer in the much-maligned genre of true crime who desperately needs a devious, over-the-top story for the subject of his next book. How else can he keep his wife Valerie's roots dyed and keep himself from handing out taco samples at the local supermarket?

When Kevin isn't Googling himself or spot-checking

Overview

NEW YORK TIMES BESTELLER

Kevin Ryan is a writer in the much-maligned genre of true crime who desperately needs a devious, over-the-top story for the subject of his next book. How else can he keep his wife Valerie's roots dyed and keep himself from handing out taco samples at the local supermarket?

When Kevin isn't Googling himself or spot-checking his books' stock at stores around the country or online, he's bringing the hazards (ie, criminals and other crazies) of his job home to wife Val and twin daughters Taylor and Hayley. Kevin is on the hunt for the big one, the story that could break him out of the mid-list and onto the bestseller lists. And then there's a knock at the door--a story finds him.

A distraught 20-year old Jett Carter shows up at the Ryan house because her mother and sister are imprisoned. Perhaps if Kevin writes their story and reveals the truth, he might help exonerate them. The Carters' tale is the perfect white-trash-attempted-murder-love-triangle that Kevin's editor will love and his fans will devour. He begins to write "Love You to Death." Then on a beautiful summer day, the wheels of homicide are set in motion and Kevin/s own story begins to eclipse the crime he is chronicling. When his #1 fan is murdered and another body turns up, the Ryans' life in Port Gamble and all that Kevin holds dear is in jeopardy. Somewhere in "Love You to Death" and within the bunch of low rent losers he's interviewing is the killer.


Praise:

"Bestselling crime writer Gregg Olsen's tour-de-force entwines narratives in hypnotic fashion. A uniquely riveting drama, an emotional roller-coaster, SHOCKING TRUE STORY erases all lines between truth and fiction. A spell-binding must-read!"

Julia Spencer-Fleming, Edgar finalist and author of I SHALL NOT WANT


"A lovingly detailed, hilarious descent into the dark heart of the Real America, Gregg Olsen's Shocking True Story picks up where the supermarket tabloids and daytime TV leave off. But somehow, his grotesque and driven characters end up beyond laughter: endearing, recognizable, as deadly as a knife in the throat. A funny, frightening, very moving book."

Marc Lecard, author of the acclaimed VINNIE'S HEAD and TINY LITTLE TROUBLES


"SHOCKING TRUE STORY is a sly, seductive thriller that grips you from the first page and refuses to let go. Gregg Olsen is a natural born storyteller with a flair for dead-on dialogue and laugh-out-loud satire."

Jason Starr author of THE FOLLOWER


"With his keen eye and ear for how real people live today, Gregg Olsen manages to be simultaneously wickedly funny and good-hearted. SHOCKING TRUE STORY is a very witty, cleverly-constructed novel and absolutely delicious read."

Kathrine "KK" Beck, novelist and two-time Edgar nominee


"Olsen's unique voice propels this humorous exploration of some truly quirky lives, deaths and excuses. Gregg's talent is not only making the reader laugh-out-loud, but hooking us into the story and having us care deeply about the characters as the absurd unfolds."

Toni McGee Causey, author of Bobby Faye's Very, Very, Very Bad Day

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016557694
Publisher:
Crime Rant Classics
Publication date:
05/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
514,075
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Throughout his career, Gregg Olsen has demonstrated an ability to create a detailed narrative that offers readers fascinating insights into the lives of people caught in extraordinary circumstances.

A #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, Olsen has written eight nonfiction books, eight novels, a novella, and contributed a short story to a collection edited by Lee Child.

The award-winning NEW YORK TIMES Bestselling author has been a guest on dozens of national and local television shows, including educational programs for the History Channel, Learning Channel, and Discovery Channel. He has also appeared on Dateline NBC, William Shatner's Aftermath, Deadly Women on Investigation Discovery, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Today Show, FOX News, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC, Entertainment Tonight, CBS 48 Hours, Oxygen's Snapped, Court TV's Crier Live, Inside Edition, Extra, Access Hollywood, and A&E's Biography.

In addition to television and radio appearances, he has been featured in Redbook, USA Today, People, Salon magazine, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times and the New York Post.

The Deep Dark was named Idaho Book of the Year by the ILA and Starvation Heights was honored by Washington's Secretary of State for the book's contribution to Washington state history and culture. His Young Adult novel, Envy, was the official selection of Washington for the National Book Festival for 2012.

Olsen, a Seattle native, lives in Olalla, Washington with his wife, twin daughters, three chickens, Milo (an obedience school dropout cocker spaniel) and Suri (a mini dachshund so spoiled she wears a sweater).

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Shocking True Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book hooked me from the beginning! Usually I'm good at figuring out plot twists before they happen, but this one kept me on my toes. The ending was unexpected and (for lack of a better word) shocking! I'll definitely be reading more from this author.
NaPuaO73 More than 1 year ago
I love how Gregg Olsen masterly weaves 2 stories into one keep you on the edge of your seat great read! I really felt for Kevin in this one and just when I think I have figured out what character in the book I despise I get further in the story and I am totally wrong! I just LOVE how unpredictable the story is and how completely engaging this book is. With each turn of the page [mine is iPhone so flick of the screen] I am further and further involved, in fact at one point I literally screamed 'Oh NO Kevin NO!' no spoilers here so I won't tell you what part that was at unless you want to message me then I will tell you. You can't go wrong with this NYTBS and it is only $0.99 a STEAL if you ask me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Once i started i could't put it down. Will be reading more from this author.
CrimeFanatic More than 1 year ago
Fast paced, funny, and scary at the same time. Good read.  A little unexpected. But I enjoyed it very much. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a fun read! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Gregg Olsen's true crime and fiction, but this is, as they say, a horse of a different color. He pulls it off. The story is told by a character I suspect is Olsen's doppelganger, "Kevin Ryan." It is fascinating to wonder how much of the details are about Olsen himself. All in all, a good mystery, intriguing telling, and very likeable narrator.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable mystery thriller. Recommended. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jumped around alot had to go back t o figure out who the characters were too many of them but a good read over 600 pages i wish you were able to know how many pages were in every nook book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, fun read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many pages don't track in order. A few too many twists tho. Had a feeling early on who was the murderer.
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Interesting twists and turns. A good read.
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SailorJan More than 1 year ago
Good read. Lits of twists & turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me from page one to the end  and I wasn't sure how much was fiction or how much was true. I really liked the guessing game and the inside baseball of crime writing that the author showed. Surprise ending. 
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I stopped reading this book and I never do that. 600 plus pages is way to long for this story and it did not hold my interest. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
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