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Genre: Nonfiction/True Crime
Release Date: September 27, 2016
A WALKING NIGHTMARE—IN SIZE-NINE STILETTOS . . .
The officer responding to a 911 call at one of Houston’s hippest high-rises expected the worst. After all, domestic violence situations can be unpredictable. But nothing could’ve prepared him for what he found: a beautiful woman drenched in blood . . . an older man lying dead on the floor . . . and a cobalt blue suede stiletto with tufts of white hair stuck to its five-and-a-half-inch heel.
With her stunning looks, magnetic personality, and erratic behavior, Ana Trujillo had a notorious reputation on the downtown Houston scene. She spoke often of occult powers, though few knew how deeply she believed such boasts. Stefan Andersson was a gentle soul, a Swedish transplant with a good career and trusted friends, who was desperate to find someone special. Theirs is a story of obsession, madness, and tragedy. Because once Stefan fell head over heels for Ana, he was under her control—and he didn’t have a chance in hell.
Hello to Everyone:
I’m an immigrant to Texas from the upper Midwest, but I moved here in the early eighties so I consider myself a naturalized Texan. Houston is an amazing place to live, exciting and full of life. I’d recommend it to anyone.
I ventured into true crime writing purely by accident. I was working at Houston City Magazine in the eighties when a fascinating murder took place in the Big Thicket, the wide expanse of pine forests that meld Texas and Louisiana. My editor suggested I cover the case. I did and, from that point on, I was hooked. I’ve never looked back.
Since then, I’ve written seven true crime books: “A Warrant to Kill,” is on Houston’s Kent McGowen case, that of a murderous deputy and the woman he terrorized. Next came “She Wanted It All,” on Austin’s incredible Celeste Beard case. It’s hard to beat that one for twists and turns!
2007 introduced “Die My Love.” It’s an account of the Piper Rountree case, that of a Houston attorney and her professor ex-husband, Fred Jablin. The book is a fascinating, in-depth look at a train-wreck marriage that ended in a tragic murder.
June 2008 debuted “A Descent into Hell,” on Austin’s bizarre Colton Pitonyak case. Then, that November, “Evil Beside Her,” a re-release of “The Rapist’s Wife,” my first book, with a new title, cover, photos and an update. In 2010, “Shattered” hit bookstores, an account of the tragic case of Belinda Temple, a young mother murdered by her football star husband. And in 2012 the true crime book was “Deadly Little Secrets,” on the sensational Matt Baker case out of Waco.
My foray into fiction began in 2009 with the birth of a mystery series featuring Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong, a single mom, investigator, and profiler. The series started with “Singularity,” followed by “Blood Lines,” and “The Killing Storm.” All the books have garnered stellar reviews, and the third was named a best book of 2010 by Library Journal.
There’s been little publicity for any of my work, so it’s all word-of-mouth. Yet that’s carried “A Warrant to Kill” into a ninth printing and “She Wanted It All” into a seventh. “The Killing Storm” was only out for a few months when it went into a third printing. Truly remarkable!
The credit goes to all of you who read the books and recommend them to friends and family. Keep up the good work! Spread the word! It’s appreciated!
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