Blood Trail

Pinnacle Books
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Includes killer's confession
Slaughter On A Shoestring
On October 29, 1997, hooker Andrea "Slick" Hendrix's, beaten, naked body was discovered in a roadside ditch near Stewartsville, Indiana. With no leads for police to follow, the case eventually went cold, but it wouldn't stay that way. In 2003, sadistic sexual predator Joseph W. Brown claimed to have strangled Hendrix with his favorite murder weapon: a shoelace from a woman's size-8 shoe.
Hard Luck
Ginger Gasaway, 53, met Brown at a Gambler's Anonymous meeting. She didn't know that when she took up with him, she was gambling with her life. On August 30, 2000, Brown murdered Gasaway and scattered her body parts across three Indiana counties. For this grisly crime, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole. But it wouldn't be his first time behind bars. . .
How Many More?
In 1977, Brown had been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and armed robbery. In 1995, he was released despite the fact that he'd beaten a fellow inmate nearly to death. Brown later confessed that during the next five years, he indulged in a seven-state rampage of torture and murder, his victims female hitchhikers and prostitutes. Now doing time in Wabash Valley Corrections Center, Brown maintains that he murdered no less than thirteen other women.


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About the author

Steven Walker has approximately 1,500 published credits to his name. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany and started freelancing professionally in 1989, beginning mostly with short horror fiction pieces for small press publications. In 1996, Walker had his first horror novel, Desmodus, published. Shortly after that, he opened up the Bucks County, PA chapter of Active Voice International, and was pivotal in the creation of The Writers Room of Bucks County and Bucks County Writer magazine. Walker founded the Lehigh Valley Writers Academy in 2001. He worked as a reporter for The Morning Call newspaper (a division of The Tribune Company) for three years. He has had nonfiction pieces published in newspapers and magazines and has received several awards for his macabre style of poetry. His book, Blood Trail (2005, Pinnacle, ISBN 0-7860-1719-8) is a true-crime story about a confessed serial killer from Indiana. Due to unprecedented popularity, it has been re-released as of June 2009. His latest true-crime book, Predator, (2010, Pinnacle, ISBN 0-7860-2018-0) is scheduled for release January 5, 2010.

Sergeant Rick Reed (Ret.), author of the Jack Murphy thriller series, is a 20-plus-year veteran police detective. During his career he successfully investigated numerous high-profile criminal cases, including a serial killer who claimed thirteen victims before strangling and dismembering his fourteenth and last victim. He recounted that story in his acclaimed true-crime book, Blood Trail. Reed spent his last three years on the force as the commander of the police department’s Internal Affairs Section. He has two master’s degrees, and upon retiring from the police force, he took a full-time teaching position. He currently teaches criminal justice at Volunteer State Community College in Tennessee and writes thrillers. He lives near Nashville with his wife and two furry friends, Lexie and Belle. Please visit him on Facebook, on Goodreads, or at his website, rickreedbooks.com. If you’d like him to speak online for your event, contact him by going to bookclubreading.com.
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Pinnacle Books
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Published on
Nov 1, 2005
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780786032013
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Language
English
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Genres
Biography & Autobiography / Criminals & Outlaws
True Crime / Murder / Serial Killers
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Eligible for Family Library

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