Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda


Killer Triggers: Murder Comes Down to Sex, Drugs, or Money, Joe Kenda, 2021 (non-fiction)

My favorite quote: “They say life is random. Death has it beat.”

Notable characters: Lt. Joe Kenda, the retired homicide detective

Most memorable scene: When a sweet little girl kicks Kenda right in the shin for (rightfully) sending her daddy to prison 

Greatest strengths: The voice. Joe Kenda definitely has a way with words. His deadpan humor and take no shit attitude brings this book to life in a way that makes it impossible to stop reading. You’ll catch yourself thinking, “Well, my, my, my,” Kenda-style, long after you finish it 

Standout achievements: Joe Kenda’s level of dedication is the standout achievement

Fun Facts: In his 21 years as homicide detective and commander of the major crimes unit, Kenda and his team solved 356 of his 387 homicide cases — which is a 92% solve rate

Other media: The American true-crime documentary, Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, which ran for nine seasons, and the new series, American Detective, which is still going 

What it taught me: Too much to mention. When it comes to law, crime, forensics, and police procedure in my own writing, I return again and again to Joe Kenda’s books and television series 

How it inspired me: This book gives readers an intimate look at the sacrifices made by the men and women who serve and protect us and it gave me a whole new appreciation and respect for them

Additional thoughts: With his dry wit, dedication, and compassion for the victims, Joe Kenda adds a new layer to the true crime genre — one that, in my opinion, has been much needed for a long, long time 

My rating: 4.5 of 5 

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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