I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

by Joe Kenda


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Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.

Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?

In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards.

Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to look away.

The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species.

Don't mind the blood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478922414
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 51,901
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

JOE KENDA is retired at the rank of lieutenant from the Colorado Springs Police Department. He conducted criminal investigations involving violent crime for more than twenty of his twenty-five years of service.
He served as a detective, detective sergeant, detective lieutenant, and finally commander of the Major Crimes Unit. Joe achieved a solution rate of 92 percent of the 387 homicide cases assigned to him and his unit. He is a certified instructor in the state of Colorado for Criminal Investigations, Advanced Criminal Investigations, Multi-Jurisdictional Investigations, Patrol Operations, and Specialized Patrol Operations. Kenda is a member of the executive board of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases and actively participates in offering advice to agencies with cold cases involving murder.
Since 2011, he has starred in Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda on Investigation Discovery network. The first three seasons are currently being broadcast in more than 183 countries and in more than one hundred languages. Joe is married with two adult children. He and his wife, Kathy, reside in the Tidewater area of Virginia.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I Earning My Stripes, My Lumps, and My Nightmares

1 Shit Magnet 9

2 A Case for the College Boy 25

3 Too Real for Reality TV 43

Part II Motives For Murder

4 A Nickel-and-Dimed to Death 67

5 Killer Sex 77

6 A Thirst for Vengeance 97

7 Drugs and Depravity 109

Part III Catching Killers

8 I Talk to Dead People 127

9 Gun Play 149

10 You Have the Right to Confess, Dirtbag 173

11 My Murder Trials and Tribulations 195

Part IV Retirement and Recovery

12 Honey, I'm Home, Don't Mind the Blood 225


Retirement Was Murder Until My Second Life of Crime 251

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I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book interesting and hard to put down, once I started reading it. I hope Lt. Kenda writes another. If you like true crime, you should purchase this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Homicide Hunter. And I have to say I enjoyed this book. It had sad stories, funny parts. I gave me a little window into Kenda's life. I loved the ending. Thank you Joe Kenda for your dedication in being the voice of so many who no longer had one. And thanks to your wife also, it takes a special woman to walk beside a man who serves others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kenda is that rare person with whom one can connect without ever meeting. The book is as excellent as the show, and his confidence, humility and no-nonsense manner shine through. Wish there were more...and since it helps him to tell these stories, one can always hope for a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I'm a huge fan of Lt. Joe Kenda. He solved an impressive amount of homicide cases with CSPD. He should be commended for his excellent professional work although it obviously caused him great personal anguish. Since Lt. Kenda is well known for 'getting it right or die trying' I was disappointed when I read the exact material that is available his TV show and you could get for free just tuning in. It was like reading a rerun! Considering the many cases he solved over his career I believe his book could have given the reader much more by writing new material from his abundant case files. I finished each chapter hoping to read something new in the next I hadn't already seen on TV but that didn't happen. Well, my, my, my, if 'Joey the K' writes another one, please give us avid homicide fans cases no one has seen and only cases CSPD knows about. Sorry, Kenda have to thumb this one down...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kenda comes across as the loveable, gruff cop we know and love. These are stories that give fans of his show an insight into more of the reality and the deeper, less visual aspects of his career. A quick and engaging read cover to cover.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. In his book, he touches on some of them ... the victims whom he never forgets .... the criminals he's proud to have put away ... even the very few that walked free despite his best efforts. There are the children, especially, that he remembers as he had 2 young children of his own. But there is also humor .... although you might find cop humor a little different. Anyone who has been, or is, in law enforcement, or who grew up in a law enforcement family will get it right away. The book is well-written, without a lot of gory details that may deter some from reading. He gives just enough information to relay how bad it was. He touches on so many things .... how his life as a cop affected his wife, his children. He speaks of motives, some justified, but most of them not. He talks about interrogation techniques and of having to work with rookies after he had spent a decade of working with the 'big boys'. When he was a young rookie, there was no such thing as DNA. He became an expert on blood splatter. He's the first to say that shows like CSI have colored most peoples' views on how cases are solved ... or not solved. He also speaks of when he decided to retire and just what it was that was the last straw .... and of the tough time adjusting to that retirement. He went from criminals to selling cars to driving a children's bus to starring in his own TV show, Homicide Hunter, Lt. Joe Kenda. All in all, a very knowledgeable book, an entertaining book, a real look at the life on one of our finest. Many thanks to the author / Center Street True Crime / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Joe Kenda wades thru the interesting stories of life as a detective. The gritty, sometimes visceral details certainly keep one’ interest and provides for some good laughs courtesy of Kenda’s down-to-earth style and sometimes cynical and coarse viewpoint birthed in years of first hand experience of killers and victims. The book will not go down as a literary triumph, but I think Joe would be happy to know that he brought some laughter, education, and real enjoyment into an old fellow”s life. As an addition, he cemented the respect I have for the fine police officers of my home town, Colorado Springs. Thanks Detective Kenda! (BTW Joe, love the TV show)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy watching his show. He writes well and his sense of sarcasm and humor comes across. I wish him and his family continued success and happiness. God bless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good and interesting book. I enjoyed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My husband and I always watch this show. I have enjoyed reading this book and learning more about the person Ltd Joe Kenda. Good luck in all your future ptojects.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a good while. He is one of the good ones warts and all.
OakTreeReviews More than 1 year ago
In 2011, Detective Lt. Joe Kenda began starring in the crime documentary television show Homicide Hunter, which revisits murder cases he solved at the Colorado Springs Police Department between 1977 and 1996, where he solved 387 cases. In Kenda’s book, I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from my Life Fighting Crime, he chronicles never-before-told case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective. It is a fascinating book. I not only learned about the specific cases that Kenda covered, but I also learned a lot about forensic science and the life of a homicide detective in general. Throughout the book, Kenda also tells us about his family life, which gives the book a personal feel. My favorite chapter was “You Have the Right to Confess, Dirtbag,” which discusses the interrogation process. It is interesting to see how Kenda works to understand the criminals’ motives, which vary greatly per crime. Kenda writes in a blunt, tell-it-like-it-is style, and I liked reading his insight on the cases. If you are looking for an educational true crime book or want to get a glimpse into the life of a homicide detective, I Will Find You is a very informative read. *I received this book for review*
Anonymous 11 months ago
A fast read, grim at times, but very interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got the book because I liked his show. As I read the book, it was like he was reading it to me. It's written so much like how I see him on the show. It's real. It' a book that you just don't want to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting.
Belu-Ruiz More than 1 year ago
*5 stars* As I love Homicide Hunter and Joe Kenda I was really excited to read this, and it sure as hell didn’t let me down. I loved how we could get a more detailed look into his personal life than in the show and still be unable to put it down. If he decides to write more books in the future, I will definitely read them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Homicide Hunter, and Joe's deadpan humor! I often think that he and Kathy are people I could be friends with. The book is interesting all the way through. There are a few typos, but nothing major to detract from the writing. I hope there's a follow up book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a satisfying example of Joe Kenda's no-nonsense, witty, downdown-to-earth, relatable story telling style. I could sit and listen to him forever. Joe, please write more books! It's unusual and refreshing to feel like you're talking to a friend while reading a book. Thanks Joe, and Kathy too!
dezzy33 More than 1 year ago
This book was great, but I knew it was going to be. When I saw that I could request Joe Kenda's book from Net Galley, I waited impatiently to hear whether or not I was chosen. I love Homicide Hunter on Investigation Discovery - not just for the interesting cases, but also for Lt. Joe Kenda. While the consummate professional, there is a dry wit there that I was hoping to see more of in the book. And boy was it evident in spades. In I Will Find You, I feel like we get to really know Kenda. We learn of his mistakes and missteps, but also of his triumphs. And some really weird shit in between. (I shared a certain story about a man and his mangled genitalia with my boyfriend and while he was not impressed, I thought it was hilarious.) There were several times where I had to laugh out loud, like when Kenda told his wife after his mother's funeral: "You are in luck: Your mother-in-law no longer hates you, because she is dead." Or the story about how the patrol officer who was familiar with Kenda's wife pulled her over for her repeated speeding and provided her incentive to never ever do it again. This book was well-written and entertaining. A terrific read.
KishaM More than 1 year ago
I watch Lt Kenda's show faithfully and this book is just as great. He cares about the cases he gets and makes sure he does all he can to solve them quickly. Lt Kenda is great at getting the job done and making sure the guilty party pays for their crimes.
1Ornament-Addict More than 1 year ago
Excellent. A whole new look & respect of real life & cases of a police officer. He puts a human face on law enforcement.
ChattyPat More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I love the show, love the guy…love this book. If ever I was in need of someone investigating my untimely death, I’d want this dude to come back out of retirement and solve the crime. If anyone could do it, he could. This book is in parts graphic, presents some pretty blunt talk and language and altogether – well, right. I admire Lt. Joe Kenda’s take on crime, am impressed with the tough life he led doing what he thought right, and admire the heck out of his wife who stuck with him though thick and thin and is now, hopefully, enjoying the rewards of being famous and in the limelight along with him now. Been waiting for this book to come out every since I first hear about it and am not disappointed. Neither will anyone else be who is on the side of the law and hold those who uphold it in high esteem.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
The most dangerous animal on earth. Could we be the most dangerous creatures on the planet? Could it be true? While animals kill only for need, humans can and will kill for pleasure. Detective Lt. Joe Kenda became a homicide detective because he wanted to investigate why humans kill each other and because he also wanted to solved the worst of the worst crimes. They throw you in jail for life or execute you for murder, so he reasoned, murder must be the worst offense, and he wanted to put away the worst our species. If you have ever wanted to know what it is like to investigate homicides, pick up his book, I Will Find You, but be warned, you may not want to see the realities of murders committed by the most dangerous killers in our world. If you have an interest in the truth, you will be reading the right book. If you don't think you can handle the darkest aspects of human nature, then you might want to put this book down because it will get real in a hurry. Working as a police officer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, he spent 19 years of his career as a homicide detective. He was involved in 387 homicide investigations and solved 92 percent of them. This book offers his personal reflections and recollections, working with teams of law enforcement professionals, supervisors, fellow detectives and patrol officers. After more than two decades in law enforcement, he had to get out before he became like those he hunted and in this book, he will hold nothing back sharing with you cases that still haunt him to this very day. Detective Lt Joe Kenda is the star of Homicide Hunter and in this book he shares his deepest, darkest and never-before-revealed case files and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards. The tales you will discover in this book will shock you like the best horror stories and divulging insights into the actions, motivations and proclivities of natures most dangerous species on earth. The chilling insights lead readers into understanding what it takes to do his job day in and day out and just when you think you have seen it all, you are surprised by what the human species can do whether motivated or not. I received I Will Find You by Detective Lt. Joe Kenda compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups. This book reveals for you the details that go unnoticed by the TV shows like CSI and more. I absolutely LOVED this book, having a detailed mind, I now look for things I didn't notice before both in my day to day life and on the TV and movies we watch. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You wont be able to put this down Joe Kenda is as real as they come and I will enjoy Homicide Hunter even more
Yzabel More than 1 year ago
[NOTE: I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.] I never watched the show, so I won’t be able to compare for now (I may watch some episodes later if I can find some episodes that aren’t available for US only or through shady websites); actually, I hadn’t even known about Joe Kenda before requesting this book. The book itself, when I read its blurb, looked interesting, and I was in the mood for crime-related non fiction, so here I am now. Interesting it was, indeed. I learnt quite a few things about police procedures, all the more because I don’t live in the USA, and basically all I know is what I’ve seen in TV series (no worries, I was kind of already suspecting that TV =/= truth ;)). Not that it surprised me, but it’s always good to see that, well, one was right in wondering ‘do these things really happen like that?’ What also really happens like that is crime itself, and sadly, what Kenda described in the book didn’t surprise me either (I don’t have a very good opinion of man as a species). Again, I can’t compare with the series, and I don’t know if what he writes about here is something watchers already know, or grittier/less gritty than what has been aired. It did seem gruesome enough to me. I’m not easily disgusted to the point of physically having to stop reading, but I can envision this being a turnoff, at least at times, as a reminder that people can do horrible things, including to their kids, innocent bystanders, for the stupidest reasons, for something as trivial as 20 quid, etc. I wasn’t entirely convinced by the tone/style. Not sure how Joe Kenda fares in the show, but here there were some turns of phrase, some vocabulary, that I felt was... not sure how to explain it, too demeaning or for shock value? I would probably have such words about criminals myself, so it’s nothing like ‘oh noes, swearing is bad’, and more like ‘the stronger the vocabulary/opinion, the lesser the impact’? Yes, I think that’s it: the grit and dark side can very well stand on their own, and they would have more impact if presented in a more ‘neutral’ tone. It may just be me, though. (On the other hand, of course, you can tell that the author feels very strongly about this, and it's completely understandable!) Apart from this, I definitely found this book interesting, both for the police work it presented, and for the other aspect of Kenda’s life (his family, how they too had to cope with his career, how the horrors he’s seen affected his whole home, etc.).