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James Renner

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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.

Average rating: 3.72 · 1,304 ratings · 361 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
The Man from Primrose Lane
3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,001 ratings — published 2012 — 13 editions
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Amy: My Search for Her Kill...
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The Serial Killer's Apprent...
4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 2008 — 2 editions
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It Came from Ohio
3.62 of 5 stars 3.62 avg rating — 56 ratings — published 2012 — 2 editions
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I haven’t posted a review for some time, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t found some good reads. Holed up because of the Ohio cold, I returned to a coupleof my favorite writers this winter, and discovered a new favorite as well.

First up was Mr. Mercedes, by Stephen King. The first thing you should know is that this is one of those rare King stories without any hint of the paranormal or the fa...

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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner
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The maint characters are well represented and are well developed..... hmmm is there much more i can say? Not really without giving too much away....


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The Man from Primrose Lane by James Renner
"This book starts off as one genre and then turns itself inside out into something completely different. I did guess who the "man from Primrose Lane" was fairly early on, but wasn't quite sure how it would get there, and it was well worth the read...." Read more of this review »
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Just when you think you have got it figured out. It makes a hard left in a completely different direction."
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The Avengers of the Vampire Chronicles. Every returns to fight an old evil. I read it with a smile on my face the whole time. I've missed Lestat.
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Every sentence is a gem. A bit nihilistic and cold. But also beautiful.
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"This is a very, very strange book and understand downloaded it because it was on offer. But, had I known how good it was, I'd have paid more! This is a cracking read, with a storyline that never stops twisting. It's mostly mystery, some sci-fi and..." Read more of this review »
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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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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.

Tracey Thanks for your friend invite! :-)

VampireNovelFan Thanks for friendvite!

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Becca Hi James :)

message 5: by Jenna

Jenna thanks for friending! :)

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

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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/...

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

Lidush Hi James! Thanks for friending :)

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Marylar hello james thaks for friendind me

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Jodi Hi James!
Thanks for the friend invite.

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Patti Hi James! Thanks for the friend invite.

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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.

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

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

message 16: by Lea

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

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 :)

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Jenn Thanks for the add and the recommendation!

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

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