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Renner spends his spare time hunting serial killers and writing about his adventures. One of his true crime stories was published in the Best American Crime Reporting anthology. It was the first nonfiction true crime article to use a dream sequence as a narrative device.

Renner's debut novel, The Man from Primrose Lane, was published by Sarah Crichton Books, in 2012. It is being made into a movie by Warner Bros. studios. His next book, The Great Forgetting, will be released in 2015.

Renner is currently researching the unsolved disappearance of Umass nursing student, Maura Murray.


9780307959942_custom-1da038b00bd990d1cb3f2779d9b214b861fdc042-s6-c30What is it with post-apocalyptic novelist feeling the need to go all Cormac McCarthy with their voice? Nobody will ever do it as well as ol’ Cormac did in The Road. And here, it feels a little too artificial. Just tell me a story, dammit.


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The Dog Stars has something in it. Something I rather liked. There’s a kind of naturalist sensibility in the description of the world after theflu or som...

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The Man from Primrose Lane
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Amy: My Search for Her Kill...
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Keepsakes
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It Came from Ohio
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The Serial Killer's Apprentice by James Renner
" Read this quite awhile ago, then recently read it again. This author researches and involves himself with what he is writing about. This being an "unsolved" book is why it intrigued me. There are a couple murders in the Cleveland area that continu... " Read more of this review »
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" My only complaint about this book, is it's multiple genres feel very segregated. The combining of them is not done very smoothly, although I for one do not know if it could be done better. Also there is a big reveal that could have had more impact... " Read more of this review »
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" A crime novel with a twist or should that be several twists. Though it became clearer at the end I found myself more and more confused the more I read. Definitely something different "
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“The universe is absurd. People want to make sense of it because we’re hardwired to find reason in the randomness. We look for patterns in the chaos. See omens in coincidence. We look at the random distribution of stars in the sky and pretend they look like animals, call them constellations. For some reason, we want to give meaning to the meaningless. If you go looking for the number eighty-eight, you’ll see it everywhere—the number of keys on a piano, the number of counties in Ohio—but it doesn’t mean anything.”
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“And the process, the ritual, quieted the hum of his mind so he could write.”
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“There is no closure for this. Closure is for buildings, not people.”
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message 19: by Edward

Edward Linder It's kind of fun and scary that we have the same taste in books. Almost the same rankings too.


message 18: by Jenn

Jenn Thanks for the add and the recommendation!


message 17: by Jess (last edited Oct 27, 2012 08:41PM)

Jess James, thanks for the friendship. I can already see that we appreciate several of the most talented and fascinating writers.
Clive Barker's writing is chilling and amazing, and continues to influence my own work. And one of my most memorable experiences was meeting John Irving when I was in college. I could go on and on about your favorites, Stephen King, Salinger... they each possess distinct and remarkable voices of their own. I can even see the Douglas Adams "deadline whooshing noise" in your quotes section, too!
Hopefully we can chat a bit about writing, books, and the writers themselves :)


message 16: by Lea

Lea Hi James -- good to meet you. I'm looking forward to reading your books!


message 15: by Steven

Steven Harbin Thanks for the friendship James, your book sounds interesting!


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 13: by Michael

Michael Thanks for the friend invite! Really enjoying "MFPL" so far.

Saw it recommended on Scalzi's blog and it was part of the XM radio show/podcast Slice of SciFi a couple of weeks ago.


message 12: by Patti

Patti Hi James! Thanks for the friend invite.


message 11: by Jodi

Jodi Hi James!
Thanks for the friend invite.


message 10: by Marylar

Marylar hello james thaks for friendind me


Lidush Hi James! Thanks for friending :)


message 8: by Beth

Beth Hi James,
Thanks for sending a friend request to this fellow crime writer on Goodreads!


message 7: by James

James Renner Want to make me smile? You can vote for The Man from Primrose Lane as best cover for a debut novel over here: http://qwillery.blogspot.com/2012/02/...


Taznim hi James,
thanks for the add!!!!


message 5: by Jenna

Jenna thanks for friending! :)


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Becca Hi James :)


VampireNovelFan Thanks for friendvite!


Tracey Thanks for your friend invite! :-)


Harlequin Books Hello James, it is a delight to meet you. If you have any questions about any of my books, please let me know.


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