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Looking At the Origins of Modern True Crime Writing

Deliberate Cruelty: Truman Capote, the Millionaire's Wife, and the Murder of the Century Truman Capote’s groundbreaking, nonfiction classic, In Cold Blood—a gripping account of the 1959 slaughter of a wealthy Kansas farm family— instantly established the writer’s...

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My Latest Book Tour

Follow along on my latest book tour as I attend the annual Decatur Book Festival in Decatur, Georgia and return to Troy University for a speaking session.

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A Return to Madison County

I went back to Madison County for the rededication of the Anderson Rosenwald School in the Long Ridge neighborhood, just outside Mars Hill.

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The Writer as Sleuth

Here, I discuss that rarified category of true crime books that I call “The Writer as Sleuth.” That is, where the author feels compelled to actively engage with the story – to do rather than simply describe.

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Madison County Homecoming

I returned to Madison County for a week to promote the new, paperback edition of “Met Her on the Mountain: The Murder of Nancy Morgan.” Events included in-person readings, discussions, and signings as well as a Zoom event at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in Asheville. 

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Events & Appearances

Stay up-to-date on my upcoming events as I promote both Drifting into Darkness and Met Her on the Mountain.

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The Ponder Brothers

For more than three decades in the latter part of the 20th century, the Democratic political machine led by Zeno and E. Y. Ponder wrested control from Republicans and thereafter controlled pretty much everything in Madison County.

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