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The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman
     

The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman

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by Chip Jacobs
 

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Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. Life in hiding. A threatened son. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader soon came for him.

Though the killers behind this murder-for-hire corporation were nabbed, the trauma annihilated Jerry's family and stripped

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Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. Life in hiding. A threatened son. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader soon came for him.

Though the killers behind this murder-for-hire corporation were nabbed, the trauma annihilated Jerry's family and stripped his trust. Recovery only came years later with Jerry's improbable rebirth as a prank-loving activist who defended the weak and made enemies with the rich and powerful.

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“In Chip Jacobs' true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA’s Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the “bright colors and greens of summer” quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the end we find it is really about one man’s search and struggle to find his own personal truths and redemption. Well written and highly recommended.” —Steve Hodel, LAPD Hollywood Homicide detective (ret.) and Bestselling author, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder

“Jacobs delivers a seductive tour of an L.A. rife with murder-for-hire plots, political corruption and sociopathic schemes. Against this backdrop the young Schneiderman comes of age, to ultimately emerge as the last man standing. A terrific book—I couldn’t put it down!" —Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat

“Chip Jacobs’ chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in The Ascension of Jerry, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale of a hero (sorta) who is neither especially loathsome nor lovable … maybe just lucky to get out alive. Jacobs’ prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path that leads SoCal businessman Jerry Schneiderman through a series of weird events—including crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpses—only to emerge as a merry prankster with a jones for social activism. (If you haven’t yet deduced that this book is not your Mama’s supermarket true-crime trash, then you’re doing it wrong. But here’s the thing: Jacobs’ ear for a good story is pitch perfect, and he tells it with all the smoggy pastel colors of post-noir LA. The Ascension of Jerry isn’t an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages. So for those few true-crime readers who like their mayhem served up in a sumptuous story, seek this one out.” —Ron Franscell, celebrated true-crime author

"Chip Jacobs uses his boundless reporter’s energy and well-honed sense of Southern California to tell a gripping tale of serial mayhem and the curious life of Jerry Schneiderman. It’s reassuring to see the right writer was paying attention.” —David Willman, Los Angeles Times Pulitzer winning investigative reporter and author of The Mirage Man: Bruce Irvins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America’s Rush to War

“Chip Jacobs explores the underbelly of an L.A. murder-for-hire ring that leaves many dead and a successful space planner, Jerry Schneiderman, so affected by PTSD that he embarks on a widespread muckraking campaign that targets major political forces in Los Angeles and beyond. Pitched as a “roots of Occupy story” (aside from Mark Twain’s, of course), The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman will leave you closing your blinds and forever looking behind your back for the crazed psycho-killer disguised as an ordinary blue collar guy.” —Foreword magazine staff pick

“The pay for some deals is wonderful, but the drawbacks that can come along with it may be too much to swallow. The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman follows the life of Jerry Schneiderman, whose (space planning) career prospered, then quickly spun out of control when his business (partner) ate a bullet via assassin. Fearing for his life, he was on the run for (months), before he found his … life’s calling. The Ascension of Jerry is an enticing true tale of getting one’s life back in the midst of … skullduggery, highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review

**Book highlighted on true-crime featurette out with DVD release of Sinister**

**Ascension of Jerry takes silver at Hollywood Book Festival – Summer 2012**

**The Ascension of Jerry makes winner circle at 2013 Southern California Book Festival**

**Ascension of Jerry listed in Bookforum as an independent title to watch**

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983925545
Publisher:
Rare Bird Books
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author


Chip Jacobs is the bestselling author of Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA) with William Kelly, and Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood's Flashiest Quadriplegic (Behler). The Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards and Green Book Festival honored his Smogtown social history with co-silver medals, and the City of Santa Monica bestowed it with the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

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Author_Ron_Franscell More than 1 year ago
Chip Jacobs' chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in The Ascension of Jerry, a delightfully off-kilter true-crime tale of a hero (sorta) who is neither especially loathsome nor lovable ... maybe just lucky to get out alive. Jacobs' prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path that leads SoCal businessman Jerry Schneiderman through a series of weird events - including crossing paths with some dumb-ass hitmen and some burning corpses - only to emerge as a merry prankster with a jones for social activism. (If you haven't yet deduced that this book is not your Mama's supermarket true-crime trash, then you're doing it wrong.) But here's the thing: Jacobs' ear for a good story is pitch perfect, and he tells it with all the smoggy pastel colors of post-noir LA. "The Ascension of Jerry" isn't an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages. So for those few true-crime readers who like their mayhem served up in a sumptuous story, seek this one out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BeentheredonethatMS More than 1 year ago
Jerry Schneiderman would be 61 today, May 27, 2012, however we lost him a short while ago. I thought I knew Jerry well, even though I did not meet him until 2002. Chip Jacobs fills in some of the blanks. I worked as Jerry's' Construction Superintendent for quite a few years. My wife, daughter, and two of my sons also worked with Jerry. One would think that having so many eyes and ears, especially those of family members, available, there would be few secrets. For me there was always a mysterious side of Jerry. I and my family socialized with Jerry and his family. From the beginning of our relationship, I knew Jerry was brilliant. He had the ability to find a distressed property, put together a group of investors, and turn a Sows' Ear into a Silk Purse. Even though he wore an insulin pump and knew he was living on borrowed time due to his diabetes, he lived large and seemed fearless. Chip Jacobs' book gives me some idea of Jerry's' background. I understand better some of the personality traits that I saw in Jerry. Jerry chose to take the high road. He had a way with people that brought out their best qualities. He managed to surround himself with good, hardworking, ethical people. Once I read Chips' book I know why. If you enjoy a murder/mystery/crime story, with some psychodrama mixed in, you'll love "The Ascension of Jerry", especially if you like to read about Los Angeles/Hollywierd, and, you'll get to know Jerry too ! ! !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced real life crime story. The author creates detailed pictures fo events and places - you'll stay up late with this to see it all unfold. In the end, you are left to reflect on the choices one makes in life - and how much small things do matter - and the value of one voice. A definate read this summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As one of the innocent victims of the monster who terrorized so many people, I can honestly say this book was very chilling for me to read. I discovered for the first time many unknown facts and people who had been touched by this criminal. The complexity of the background and events that ultimately led to the death of one person and the birth of a modern day activist were fascinating to read. Chip does a masterful job of telling the story of the monster and terror that unwittingly connected all the victims, and also does an excellent job of helping us relive the tumultous times in which they took place. Reality can truly be stranger than fiction as Chip takes us through the real life nightmare suffered by Jerry and the others. This book was a great read and hard to put down. A must read!