Maniac author Harold Schechter

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Into the Fire

Eleven guests. Three nights. One murderer. In a crumbling old mansion in the English countryside, eleven people gather, each one famous in their field. They have been invited for a three day house party, to celebrate the launch of a groundbreaking virtual reality game that promises to unite the worlds of technology, politics and the environment. DCI Maarten Jansen has been summoned to join the house party. His instructions are to offer police protection in case of an outside attack. Instead, he finds simmering tensions, long buried secrets – and a murderer in their midst
Praise for Rachael Blok:
'A blistering mystery; the dark secrets lurking in the short summer shadows kept me turning the pages long into the night' Erin Kelly. 'You will suspect everyone in this unbearably tense tale of betrayal and revenge' A.S. Hatch. 'Gripping and original' Clare Empson. 'Assured and compelling The author is as deft about human relationships as she is about creating an increasingly foreboding atmosphere' Elly Griffiths.

Whatever the Cost

Counter intelligence agent Jacob Welker is on a special mission to find a group of scientists who could change the course of World War II in this smartly written historical espionage thriller.

September 1939. Germany has declared war on Poland, and in German Pomerania, Professor Josef Brun is on the run from the SS, carrying secret documents that could change the course of the war. If he can make it to France or Britain. If he can survive .

In America, counter intelligence agent Captain Jacob Welker is handed a special assignment from President Roosevelt. Einstein believes the Nazis are aware of a new super weapon made possible by advances in atomic science, and only a small group of scientists can stop them winning the race to develop it. Enlisting the help of his British friends, Lord Geoffrey and Patricia Saboy, Welker must find the scientists and get them out of Germany from under the Nazi's noses. As a dangerous new world of physics gathers pace, can Welker prevent the war taking a catastrophic new turn?

Girl in the Walls

A mesmerizing and suspenseful coming of age novel about an orphan hiding within the walls of her former family home—and about what it means to be truly seen after becoming lost in life

Eventually, every hidden thing is found.

Elise knows every inch of the house. She knows which boards will creak. She knows where the gaps are in the walls. She knows which parts can take her in, hide her away. It’s home, after all. The home her parents made for her, before they were taken from her in a car crash. And home is where you stay, no matter what.

Eddie is a teenager trying to forget about the girl he sometimes sees out of the corner of his eye. But when his hotheaded older brother senses her, too, they are faced with the question of how to get rid of someone they aren’t sure even exists. And as they try to cast her out, they unwittingly bring an unexpected and far real threat to their doorstep.

 Written with grace and enormous heart, Girl in the Walls is a novel about carrying on through grief, forging unconventional friendships, and realizing, little by little, that we don’t need to fear what we do not understand.

The Poet (Samantha Jazz, #1)

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end.

“The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” Jean Cocteau

Some call him friend or boss.
Some call him husband or dad.
Some call him son, even a favorite son.

But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet.

A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims.

One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her.

She just doesn’t know it yet.

Our Last Echoes

Kara Thomas meets Twin Peaks in this supernatural thriller about one girl's hunt for the truth about her mother's disappearance.

Sophia's first memory is of drowning. She remembers the darkness of the water and the briny taste as it fills her throat. She remembers the cold shock of going under. She remembers her mother pulling her to safety before disappearing forever. But Sophia has never been in the ocean. And her mother died years ago in a hospital. Or so she has been told her whole life.

A series of clues have led Sophia to the island of Bitter Rock, Alaska, where she talked her way into a summer internship at the Landon Avian Research Center, the same center her mother worked at right before she died. There, she meets the disarmingly clever Liam, whose own mother runs the LARC, as well as Abby, who's following a mystery of her own: a series of unexplained disappearances. People have been vanishing from Bitter Rock for decades, leaving only their ghostly echoes behind. When it looks like their two mysteries might be one and the same, Sophia vows to dig up the truth, no matter how many lies she has to tell along the way. Even if it leads her to a truth she may not want to face.

Our Last Echoes is an eerie collection of found documents and written confessionals, in the style of Rules for Vanishing, with supernatural twists that keep you questioning what is true and what is an illusion.

Flight (The Texas Murder Files, #2)

When former forensic photographer Miranda Rhoads moves to the seaside town of Lost Beach, she's decided to make her living as a wildlife photographer and put crime scenes behind her. But her plans are quickly upended when one morning, she comes across a couple sleeping in a canoe, entwined in an embrace. Looking closer, she realizes the man and woman aren't asleep – they've been murdered.

Detective Joel Breda sets out to find answers – not only about the unidentified victims in the marshy death scene, but also about the aloof and beautiful photographer who seems to know about his investigation than he does.

As they begin to unravel the motivation of a merciless serial killer, Miranda and Joel must race against the clock to make an arrest before the killer can find them first.

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with a thrilling novel where an eighteen year old girl's search for answers lands her in one of the most terrifying situations imaginable.

Four days…
Trapped in a well, surrounded by dirt, scratching at the walls trying to find a way out.
Four days of a thirst so strong, that when it finally rains, I drink as much as possible from the dripping walls, not even caring how much dirt comes with it.

Six months…
Since my escape. Since no one believed I was taken to begin with – from my own bed, after a party, when no one else was home…
Six months of trying to find answers and being told instead that I made the whole incident up.

One month…
Since I logged on to the Jane Anonymous site for the first time and found a community of survivors who listen without judgment, provide advice, and console each other when needed.
A month of chatting with a survivor whose story eerily mirrors my own: a girl who’s been receiving triggering clues, just like me, and who could help me find the answers I’m searching for.

Three days…
Since she mysteriously disappears, and since I’m forced to ask the questions: will my chance to find out what happened to me vanish with her? And will I be next?

The House Uptown

For fans of Megan Abbott and Laura Lippman, Melissa Ginsburg's The House Uptown is an emotional coming of age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.

Ava, 14 years old and totally on her own, has still not fully processed her mother's death when she finds herself on a train heading to New Orleans, going to stay with Lane, her grandmother whom she's never met.

Lane is a well known artist in the New Orleans art scene. She spends most of her days in a pot smoke haze, sipping iced coffee, and working on the mural that has been her singular focus for years. Her grip on reality is shaky at best, but her work provides a comfort.

Ava's arrival unsettles Lane. The girl bears an uncanny resemblance to her daughter, whom she was estranged from before her death. Now her presence is dredging up painful and disturbing memories, which forces Lane to retreat even further into her own mind. Ava, meanwhile, is entranced and frightened by her grandmother. She wants to be included in her eccentric life, but can't quite navigate Lane's tempestuous moods.

Attempting to keep the peace is Oliver, Lane's assistant and confidant. As this unlikely trio attempts to find their way and form a bond, the oppressive heat and history of New Orleans bears down on them, forcing them to a reckoning none of them is ready for.

Saving Grace

For twenty four years, Mary Grace Dobbs has been searching for salvation. Orphaned at eleven, she was forced to go live with her Bible salesman uncle, wheelchair bound aunt, and a cousin who tortured and killed small animals. At school, a bully made her life a nightmare. Everything changed when a newcomer to town became her only best friend, and changed a second time when that friend and another classmate vanished two months later, never to be seen again.

Today, Mary Grace is the first female sheriff of her rural town, a position that doesn’t sit well with some of the locals. Keeping order and her demons at bay becomes an impossible task when the Black drifter suspected in the earlier disappearances returns to Repentance . and another sixth grader vanishes. 

With old prejudices and new secrets spilling out into the open, the modern world soon illuminates the village’s darkest corners. The case becomes even fraught as a cult of white supremacists brings its gospel of hate to Repentance and violence explodes, claiming lives. Racing to find the missing girl while fearing for the safety of her own sixth grade daughter, Mary Grace must confront an unspeakable truth—and face a decision no parent should ever have to make. 

Set in a remote mountain town, where the secrets run as deep as the hollows, Saving Grace is at once a spell binding tale of innocence lost and a twisty, edge of your seat psychological thriller. This startling debut novel introduces a captivating protagonist whose concept of good and evil can shape a young girl—then and now. 

The Isle of Sin & Shadows

This island alone boasts ghost stories than all of Louisiana combined.
And I'm one of them.

In the Louisiana swamplands, ghost stories are as much a part of childhood as chasing fireflies and crawfishing. They never much scared me, though, nor the possibility of evil out to do me harm. Until the night I watched shadows come to life and butcher everything I loved.

With a stranger's help, I managed to escape to an isolated place miles north, and, in time, became my own ghost story. A cautionary tale for the locals.

Nearly a decade passed, before I returned to my birthplace, in hopes of unearthing long awaited answers. Instead, I found something I wasn't looking for. Someone. A remedy for my loneliness.

Or so I thought.

Turns out, Thierry Bergeron is no elixir. He's a deadly poison, cursed by the demons of his past, and feared by those who call him the elusive Rougarou of the bayou. A devious rogue, whose seductive whispers and rough hands haunt my dreams. The big bad wolf that defiles me without apology, or remorse.

I should resist him, but I can't.

And when the shadows return to stake their claim on me, his darkness is the only safe place to hide.

The Isle of Sin Shadows is a southern gothic mystery romance standalone

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Maniac author Harold Schechter

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Other events throughout the story to help you nderstand what was shaping the way people lived at the time and even to remind you of all the things happening at once that you don t think about was incredible Using records otes and facts Schechter gives you the information you need to make your own analysis Andrew Kehoe was the first son born after six daughters and thus pressure was placed on him to be the heir especially in comparison to his siblings successful lives Placed on a pedestal and developing a pathologically inflated sense of self importance Reportedly a genius who was cold and distant as well as a loner You read the reports from others that show cruelty in the first half of his LIFE FOR TRUE CRIME READERS THIS For true crime readers this has a little bit of everything that we tend to see and study in a mass murderer but with a relatively above average life at the time and a seemingly good environment what could have caused it In the climax of the story the events leading p to and during the bombing of the school my heart was palpitating The short snapshots throughout this chapter felt like the flashing scenes in a movie before bad things happen that drive The Greek Tycoons Revenge up your anxiety The worst part was the aftermath The newspaper reports and witness accounts of the reactions of the parents and the community as they lose 45 people to Kehoe s horrifying act most of them children This book s worstality is that it s so real While my heart is aching after reading this I can t help but be impressed with Harold Schechter and his ability to put these events to paper with so much going on at once and to have me at The Edge Of My edge of my the whole time I was reading it This is definitely an author who stands out and one who I ll have to read from Thank you to NetGalley Little A and Harold Schechter for this advanced review copy this was a great book to read and you broke my heart While I enjoyed what was in the book it felt nfinished There were multiple strands of narrative that didn t ever get tied together For example the Charles Lindbergh tangent could have been braided in to the discussion
eugenics but it is left Instead there are chapters about his Atlantic crossing with no nderstanding of why they are included other than to show it was a popular new item at the time This is the first work I ve read by prolific true crime write Harold Schechter It was okay The book didn t seem to include any new revelations or research but rather was a compilation of newspaper articles from the day Frankly the book featured a lot of history on Lindbergh and his solo flight from the US to Europe While the story played a role in why the Bath massacre isn t well known as the newspaper coverage of it was almost immediately replaced by articles about the aviator s feat I felt the amount of the book dedicated to aviation was disproportionate simply because it was so The Queens Choice unrelated to the actual topic at hand Yes it was international news at the time But why should I book about the bombings in Bath Michigan and perpetrator Henry Kehoe feature at least 2 chapters about Lindbergh It seemed incongruous to the story the author should have been tellingAs of a few years ago there were still survivors of the tragic event alive The author seemingly made no attempt to contact any survivors or even descendants of them I don t recall a full list of victims in the book yet Schechter detailed Lindbergh s last meals before this his. The local farmer and school board treasurer was educated respected and an accommodating neighbor and friend But behind his ordinary demeanor was a narcissistic sadist seething with rage resentment and paranoia On May 18 he detonated a set of rigged explosives with the sole purpose of destroying the school and everyone in it Thirty eight children and six. I love true crime but this just didn t hit the spot for me I m sure it was well researched but the pacing was off That being said Amdrew Kehoe was one sick SOB and I can t believe I wasnfamiliar with the destruction he causedthank you to netgalley for an he causedThank you to NetGalley for an in exchange for an honest review Thank you NetGalley and Harold Schechter for the eARC Copy of ManiacI don t read a lot of non fiction but when I do I read true crime and the top true crime author is without a doubt Harold Schechter Harold when I do I read true crime and the top true crime author is without a doubt Harold Schechter Harold in countless hours of meticulous research to create the most complete picture with all the facts of the subject The subject o We had not lived in Lansing MI very long before people referred to the Bath school bombing I had never heard of Bath MI or the school bombing But the history was legend in LansingIn 1927 a farmer blew The Cowboy Wants a Wife! up the new consolidated Bath school that had 250 children inside At the same time his own house and farm buildings blewp He had murdered his wife and placed her body in one of the farm buildings He drove to the school to see the carnage and when the Superintendent of Schools came to his car to talk the farmer set off an explosion in his car killing them both and killing and harming bystandersForty four funerals Nearly the entire Fifth Grade class was dead Lansing doctors said it was as bad as anything they saw in WWIAndrew Kehoe s wife inherited a farm in Bath MI They moved in and Kehoe became a good neighbor involved in the community When crop values fell he was broke He focused on the taxes for the newly built school as the cause of his ruinKehoe had an inventive genius a I can t believe I had no idea about this case In 1927 a new and modern for it s time primary school had opened in Bath Michigan Andrew P Kehoe whom was the school board treasurer and local farmer He was an educated respectable neighbor and friend But nderneath that act he was a narcissistic sadist filled with rage and paranoia and was wanting revenge On May 18 he detonated explosives in the school killing 38 children and 6 adults That was the deadliest school massacre in US history This was so interesting True Crime fans will definitely want to read this well researched book about this deranged mass murder You will read Andrew Kehoes life and how although growing p in a well to do family life was cruelty from the beginning I was on the edge of my seat reading the chapters before the incident And I was heartbroken reading about the aftermath The author did an amazing job with this story and I d definitely be interested in reading of his work Maniac is an amazing piece of work but it also hurts like hell Harold Schechter is thorough and devastating in this true crime chronicle of a human time bomb whose acts of violence seem to foreshadow an era of mass murder and bombings Schechter consulted books newspapers journals census records and so much to detail the lives of so many people and communities together in order to accurately tell the story of The Bath School Disaster There are so many elements that played a part in making this book as good as it was The background into the area that would become Bath the life stories of the immigrants who would give birth to Andrew Kehoe the contemplation on the public s tendency to remember certain crimes for generations while others such as this one that are just as publicized and heinous are forgotten almost overnight The inclusion of. Harold Schechter Charts bestselling author of Hell’s Princess nearths a nearly forgotten true crime of obsession and revenge and one of the first and worst mass murders in American historyIn 1927 while the majority of the township of Bath Michigan was celebrating a new primary school one of the most modern in the Midwest Andrew P Kehoe had other plans. Tory making flight and the aviator s mother s final words to him before his attempt at flying to Europe solo It just didn t work for meFTC disclosure I received an him before his attempt at flying to Europe solo It just didn t work for meFTC disclosure I received an from the publisher via NetGalley On 18 May 1927 Andrew P Kehoe dynamited the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Michigan I had never heard of this mass killing which resulted in the murder of thirty eight children and six adults Who was Andrew Kehoe and why did he do thisMr Schechter s exhaustive research takes the reader through the history of the area and the history of the town of Bath before chronicling these eventsAndrew Kehoe was I read a local farmer and the school board treasurer He had been a respected member of the community But a bad year on the farm followed by a tax for the support of the school led Andrew Kehoe to be elected to the school s board where he was both disruptive to management and helpful in that his handyman skills saved the school moneyIn addition to planting explosives nder the school he set the building on his farm ablaze after killing his wife He also destroyed the farm euipment and prevented his horses from escaping the fireAndrew Kehoe was behind on his mortgage payments and resentful when his re election to the school board was not supported He had stockpiled explosives and Whiteout (Threes Allowed, used them to deadly effectHow does a town recover from such atrocity In addition to those murdered many were injuredI read this accountnderstood the how but never the why The book also discusses other mass murders and how such events are viewed by the public In the case of Bath this horrific event was overshadowed by the news of Charles Lindbergh s solo flight The Bath School Disaster might be described as a seven day although thanks to the mania surrounding Lindbergh s flight its grip on the public imagination didn t even a full week Except of course for those directly affectedI have read a couple of Mr Schechter s books because of my interest in true crime I have mixed feelings about this book While I appreciated the research the context setting and the account of events I wanted answers that neither Mr Schechter nor anyone else can provide We know what Andrew Kehoe did and how but I do not fully nderstand why Perhaps that is a good thingNote My thanks to NetGalley and Little A for providing Me With A Free Electronic with a free electronic of this book for review purposes Jennifer Cameron Smith Harold Schechter juxtaposes the heinous actions of seriously troubled Andrew P Kehoe against the backdrop of U S and world events in the early decades of the Twentieth Century in this novel that demands to be read in one sitting The novel chronicles the egregious actions of Kehoe who proclaims himself a victim in a chilling thoroughly researched true crime novel about the first mass killing In the United States In stripped down prose Schecter presents this crime against society that presaged the mass killings of Columbine Sandy Hook and many others in recent history 45 StarsFor the love of God This man Andrew P Kehoe was a twat ass bastard piece of sht I didn t know anything about this man ntil this bookor maybe I did and chemo brain fogged the history This one man was the greatest mass murderer of children in American history Not to mention animals and adults he killed He deserved to be Breaking the Governesss Rules uartered and set on fire but I digress He took care of himself at any rate This man would have killed people if some of his plan didn. Adults were murdered that morning culminating in the deadliest school massacre in US historyManiac is Harold Schechter’s gripping definitive exhaustively researched chronicle of a town forced to comprehendnprecedented carnage and the triggering of a “human time bomb” whose act of apocalyptic violence would foreshadow the terrors of the current

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