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James Renner

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James Renner's true crime stories have appeared in The Best American Crime Writing anthology, as well the Cleveland Scene and Cracked.com.

His method of using social media to solve cold cases was the subject of a CNN profile, in 2015.

Renner is the author of two novels, The Man from Primrose Lane and The Great Forgetting. His latest work, the nonfiction thriller TRUE CRIME ADDICT was published May 24th. It follows his investigation into the strange disappearance of UMass nursing student, Maura Murray.

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James Renner He Dreyden! If you like true crime, start with Amy: My Search for Her Killer. If you like a good conspiracy thriller, check out the new novel, The…moreHe Dreyden! If you like true crime, start with Amy: My Search for Her Killer. If you like a good conspiracy thriller, check out the new novel, The Great Forgetting. Don't forget to let us know what you think of em! Thanks.(less)
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Some fantastic news! True Crime Addict is being adapted for television by some great people. Johnny Depp’s company is producing. Richard Price is writing. And I’ll be an executive producer. Looks like some small details are changing. Here’s the synopsis.


Published last year, Renner’s True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself In The Mysterious Disappearance Of Maura Murray, which had been compared t...

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"This book is a quick read, and I liked how the author interspersed his life with the mystery surrounding Maura Murray's disappearance. I know a decent amount about the case (listening to a podcast that Renner was also on) so there wasn't really an..." Read more of this review »
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"Renner sheds new light on the fascinating Maura Murray case. I was also taken by his writing style. The book was easy to read and quite funny at times. I look forward to reading more of his books."
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"A window into Renner's obsession and his reasons for it and a perplexing, obsession-worthy case. Renner's investigation blog, mauramurray.blogspot.com, makes for interesting reading too. "
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“The thing is, memory is about trust. We have to trust that what we remember is fact. And we have to trust what other people remember for things we never saw.”
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“Stories are magic, and that is why the first thing any dictator does is to ban the stories that do not agree with him.”
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“There is no closure for this. Closure is for buildings, not people.”
James Renner, The Man from Primrose Lane

“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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message 18: 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 17: by Jenn

Jenn Thanks for the add and the recommendation!


message 16: 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 15: by Lea

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


message 14: by Steven

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


Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend


message 12: 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 11: by Patti

Patti Hi James! Thanks for the friend invite.


message 10: by Jodi

Jodi Hi James!
Thanks for the friend invite.


Marylar hello james thaks for friendind me


Lidush Hi James! Thanks for friending :)


message 7: by Beth

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


message 6: 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 4: by Jenna

Jenna thanks for friending! :)


message 3: by Becca

Becca Hi James :)


VampireNovelFan Thanks for friendvite!


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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