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A wife is murdered in a brutal, bloody knife attack at her rural Harrisburg, Pa., home. Almost immediately, her sleeping husband is a prime suspect. Meanwhile, a truck driver-turned serial killer is roaming the interstates for more female victims, and no one is tracking his bloody trail.

Journalist John Luciew takes you inside the bungled Pennsylvania State Police ...
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Overview

A wife is murdered in a brutal, bloody knife attack at her rural Harrisburg, Pa., home. Almost immediately, her sleeping husband is a prime suspect. Meanwhile, a truck driver-turned serial killer is roaming the interstates for more female victims, and no one is tracking his bloody trail.

Journalist John Luciew takes you inside the bungled Pennsylvania State Police investigation and traces each tortured step in a three-year journey for justice in a compelling and revealing nonfiction narrative account that reads like a novella.

You’ll step into the shoes of the accused husband, who quickly goes from distraught victim to prime suspect. And you will be inside the police interrogation room for his 11-hour grilling.

You’ll see the bloody trail of evidence police overlooked as a budding serial killer who despises women continues to prowl quiet neighborhoods in close proximity to busy truck stops and bustling interstates.

You will follow the seemingly random path of the black-clothed killer as he roams suburban developments during late-night “human hunts.” An unlocked door or an open-air patio can be the difference between life and death.

This murder machine has no motive other than to kill woman. Even more chilling, there’s no rhyme or reason to his attacks -- other than the anonymous interstates connecting his crimes. Before he’s finished, the trail of death and assault hop scotches from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, oblivious police in Pennsylvania are fixated on a motive. Who else but family would know that a wife would be on her patio at 2 a.m.? All signs point to her husband. A grand jury is convened. Subpoenas are issued. Homicide charges could be imminent.

The clock is ticking in a real-life drama of life and death and freedom and imprisonment.

How many women must suffer under a serial killer’s knife before he is stopped? How far will police push an innocent man? Who will piece together the murderous truth?

John Luciew unravels this riveting true story and displays the bravo journalism and sharp eye for facts that have fueled his ripped-from-the-headlines fictional thrillers KILL THE STORY, ZERO TOLERANCE, SECRETS OF THE DEAD and FATAL DEAD LINES.

Only this time, his chilling account of actual events will leave you wondering whether it could happen to you.

Plus, special bonus material!

Also included are two long-form narrative nonfiction pieces on life inside Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system. This journalism directly influenced and informed my juvenile justice-themed thriller, ZERO TOLERANCE. See how with an extended excerpt of Zero Tolerance, also included, that shows how the facts inspired the fiction.

This nonfiction e-book contains approx. 22,000 words.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011832932
  • Publisher: Capital City Books
  • Publication date: 10/2/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 354,871
  • File size: 58 KB

Meet the Author

Journalist John Luciew is the author of four ripped-from-the-headlines fictional thrillers that mix politics and suspense: KILL THE STORY, ZERO TOLERANCE, SECRETS OF THE DEAD and FATAL DEAD LINES. His non-fiction titles include the true-crime account, SUSPECT/VICTIM, and the heart-warming, inspiring “tapestry of true life series,” LIFE, DEATH & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN (on sale in early 2011).
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  • Posted February 12, 2011

    Save Your Money

    I agree with the first reviewer. The story behind this book is good but I was VERY disappointed. As indicated by that reviewer, this book is only 55 pages in length and, of that, less than half, only a total of 24 pages, is actually devoted to the story, the epilogue, the case file notes and a list of overlooked evidence. (The rest is devoted to excerpts from another book.) If one likes a meaty description and well developed story, this is NOT the book for you. In actuality, there is virtually as much information in the website synopsis as there is in the whole of the book. I'm glad I did not invest more than 99 cents in this e-book and I certainly will pay more attention next time before selecting another one. The references to it "reads like a novella" and "approx. 22,000 words" might clue one into the fact that the book is little more than a synopsis itself. Although some may say it's best to say nothing at all if you can't say something good, I think the public needs to be better informed about what they're getting before they make a purchase. It really is too bad; the premise of this book was good but it simply did not deliver.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    What a disappointment! Not worth the time or the $0.99!

    Even though this short story (it's 55 pages) was only $0.99 I am quite unhappy that I wasted even that amount of money on it. The author spends the first 20 pages bumbling through a story of a serial killer and the subsequent investigation. He fails to dig into any part of the story and gives only the briefest information about the people and crimes commited. The next 10-12 pages are lists of the crimes and evidence. I have no idea what he did with the rest of the pages because I was so fed up that I just stopped reading.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2011

    What a waste

    This is the first 'book' I've read by this author and will be the last. I was more than a bit upset that I paid for this (even though it was only 99 cents). This should have been free or run as an article in a publication. This is NOT a book! I have to add it was poorly put together and poorly written.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    Chilling tale of a man who becomes a suspect in his wife's murder.

    Not your usual serial killer tale. The real story told here is the cops' misguided pursuit of the innocent husband of the wife slashed to death by the creepy killer. Not to be missed by anyone living in quiet suburbs! Maybe you aren't so safe...

    A fast, informative read, along with a nice sneak preview of another of the author's books. More than a bargain for the low, low price.

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