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Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder

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A Texas millionaire rancher discovered his wife and bookkeeper had stolen thousands of dollars from him. After he demanded the money back, he started getting sick. While he was in the hospital, doctors were mystified as to how an otherwise healthy, energetic man could become so deathly ill. The dying man told everyone within earshot that his wife and bookkeeper were killin ...more
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Published May 25th 2011 by Createspace (first published May 25th 2010)
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Jeannie Walker
Oct 09, 2010 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who love mystery and suspense
This is a true story about the arsenic murder of a Texas millionaire. The motive to poison the wealthy 49-year-old man to death was Old Fashioned Greed - A million dollar estate and $350,000 life insurance policy. The millionaire's ex-wife became a real-life Sherlock Holmes to help solve the case.
Alana
Dec 10, 2010 Alana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was amazed at this powerful and emotional book. It aroused all my emotions, joy, anger, love, hate, horror, fear. It is a tremendous book.Fighting the Devil
Castlerock
Oct 09, 2010 Castlerock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found the book very intriguing and interesting. I kept reading it until my eyes got too tired.
It's that interesting. Just goes to show that sometimes you don't really know people like you think you do. I'm going to recommend it to all my friends.
Goldleader
Oct 10, 2010 Goldleader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every adult
Recommended to Goldleader by: friend
I just finished reading the book, Fighting the Devil by Jeannie Walker. Thought it was a terrific book! When I checked out the author's website, I just had to get the book to read. Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down...It is a good read!
Charles
Aug 24, 2010 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buy
This book was fantastic. I could not put it down. Everybody should buy this book and read it. It was blood chilling. I learned the devil will get people will do anything for money, including poisoning a person to death.
Goldleader
Oct 10, 2010 Goldleader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every adult
Recommended to Goldleader by: friend
I thought this was an exceptionally well written book. It grabbed my attention from the start to finish. I would recommend it to everyone who loves true crime, mystery and suspense. It is a good book and a good read!
Royalreader
Oct 11, 2010 Royalreader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a marvelous book. It was interesting from the first page to the last page. I hope there will be a sequel and this book made into a movie. It was definitely a good read. I loved it!
Julie
Apr 27, 2016 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
I must be in the minority on this one. I'm surprised at all the high reviews . I like reading true crime, but I dislike books written like this one :
Within the first chapter or less, you know the whole story ,then the author dawdles around for the rest of the book, telling the story piece by piece . To me, the book makes for much better reading if you start it not knowing who did what . You know someone is ill or dead or dying , then you find out that it was murder ,then the police hunt for the
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Carol Ann
Dec 09, 2010 Carol Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given Fighting the Devil as a gift. I loved it. I could not stop reading until I finished it. It is an extraordinary book.
Haresh Daswani
May 07, 2011 Haresh Daswani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is my first time to read a true crime book and I found this book exceptionally unique.

What I like about certain books are the true colors and culture of the writer. Jeannie's strong traditional Christian inclinations, finding paranormal signs, and depiction of local police and justice was very insightful of her town and her story. It is so real, it feels so real, that when reading the book, I was with her as she fought for justice.

This book was a fast read, but in the end it can get very tech
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TJ
This book is an account of one woman's experience living through the murder of her ex-husband, then following the steps it took to uncover the murderer and bring about justice. It does not read like a novel but more of recounting from memory - a step by step telling of events, adding legal evidence and backstory as necessary. It is obviously amateur but also intriguing, especially if one is interested in the journey from crime to punishment in a "Law & Order" kind of way but given from a lay ...more
Mary Beeson
Mar 16, 2011 Mary Beeson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought Fighting The Devil was motivating and full of heart wrenching drama. I have to admit that the first few pages and one of the first reflections back had me really worried, but that soon passed and I was drug in. I cannot believe that someone, Jeannie, could go through a series of events such as these and be brave enough to tell about such things. Most people who live through events like she has block them and act as if they had never happened. But Jeannie Walker did not do this. She fac ...more
Ellen Maze
Feb 12, 2012 Ellen Maze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first blush, Fighting the Devil isn't what it appears to be. Reading the cover synopsis, I expected a true-life who-dunnit/mystery thriller. What I got was so much more. This novel is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and oftentimes harrowing memoir of the life of one of the bravest women I know: Jeannie Walker. Faced with living with a tyrant, she manages to find forgiveness in her heart, and love--the kind of love God has--for a person who treated her lower than dirt.

Yes, you wil
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Terry Lynn
Jan 02, 2011 Terry Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fighting the Devil is a powerful suspenseful thriller and a disturbing story about greed, lust, deception, hate, love, evil and faith.

Fighting the Devil by Jeannie Walker
Jo Anne B
Aug 12, 2011 Jo Anne B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy cow! Such an incredible book. I watch Dateline and 48 Hours Mystery and this blows them away. I never read an book about a murder mystery that happened in real life, let alone from someone personally involved with the victim. This was such a thorough recount of a woman's relentless efforts to right her ex-husband's death and bring his murderers to justice. It was so well written you couldn't help feel like you were reliving the events with Jeannie as she told the story.

I actually can't beli
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Rich Weatherly
Jun 05, 2012 Rich Weatherly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

The author of Fighting the Devil and several reviewers have shared the synopsis and overview of the book. I won’t attempt to restate what has been so clearly presented. To be honest, this isn’t a genre that I usually read. That said, once I started reading, I was hooked from the beginning. Jeannie’s story is far more compelling than I anticipated. It was hard to put down!

Published Review
“ForeWord Clarion Reviews: Readers who enjoy suspense, strong female leads, and crime drama, like Law and Orde
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Jason Garrett
Sep 03, 2011 Jason Garrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As an author, I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with some very generous, very kind people. When I first met Jeannie Walker, I knew only that she had written a book, entitled Fighting the Devil. I was struck by how gracious she was to everyone and how she always took time to offer a kind word. For that reason alone, I decided to purchase a copy of her work.

I swiftly learned that this was more than ‘just a book’ for Jeannie. Effectively, Jeannie set out to solve the murder of her former husband,
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Fran
Feb 09, 2012 Fran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fighting the Devil

Jeannie Walker

Reviewed by Fran Lewis

When you want justice to be served you often have to handle it yourself. When Jeannie Walker realized what really happened to her ex-husband at the hand of his wife and bookkeeper she could not longer keep silent and took matters into her own hands. What you are about to read in this review is the story of one brave and courageous woman who decided to Fight The Devil with everything she had!

Money often plays an important role in some marriage
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Ellen Maze
Mar 13, 2011 Ellen Maze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians,murder mystery buffs, memoir buffs
Shelves: books-to-review
At first blush, Fighting the Devil isn't what it appears to be. Reading the cover synopsis, I expected a true-life who-dunnit/mystery thriller. What I got was so much more. This novel is a beautiful, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and oftentimes harrowing memoir of the life of one of the bravest women I know: Jeannie Walker. Faced with living with a tyrant, she manages to find forgiveness in her heart, and love--the kind of love God has--for a person who treated her lower than dirt.

Yes, you wil
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Rebecca
Sep 10, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book, my heart ached thinking of Jeannie Walker's children. No adult, let alone a child, should ever have to suffer through this much pain. It could possibly take years more for Jeannie and her children to recover from the heartache, injustices and horror. Without giving too much away, it is sad the battle for justice must continue, but I would do no less than Jeannie is continuing to do today. My having been a legal secretary/paralegal years ago, I should have been able to fo ...more
Jay Deb
Sep 15, 2014 Jay Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story has an explosive start. It really gripped my attention. A man has been poisoned to death and ex-wife is out to find out who did it, she goes from NY to Texas. Then the author digs into past and details how the man had tortured her during her tumultuous marriage, and then comes back to present.
The storyline held my interest throughout the book. It was hard to understand why a mistreated woman care so much about an ex-husband. But I think after a long time, people tend to forget and for
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Marilou George
Nov 30, 2011 Marilou George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jeannie Wallker's "Fighting the Devil" tells the true story of Murder and it's effects on the people left behind and their search for Justice. From the beginning this book grabbed my attention. The fact that this was a true story and a story that involved the Author made it even more interesting. Jeannie Walker's courage in sharing details of her and her children's lives and in her constant search for truth and justice are truly amazing. If this book is not on your must "read list" list you are ...more
Linda Rowland
Jan 02, 2011 Linda Rowland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great detailed account of fascinating story.
Babs
I did not know about this book at all until Jeannie contacted me. I have to say I am glad she did. I wasn’t sure how I was going to react to the book. It is an eye opener how things work. Jeannie’s memories were outstanding. There is so much information you just dive in and start working things out in your head as you are reading. Jeannie steps in to figure out who poisoned her ex millionaire husband Jerry Sternadel. He was poisoned with arsenic. While Jerry was in the hospital he tried to tell ...more
Martha Cheves
Jan 31, 2012 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fighting the Devil – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat, Think With Your Taste Buds and A Book and A Dish

I had to put a gown and mask on. Lou Ann and Debbie helped me do that and I walked in and I saw Jerry had some tubes, one running up his nose and I believed he had a little…uh…a hospital gown on. His hands and feet were tied to each side of the bed with some sort of restraint. Jerry raised his head up and looked at me when I walked in. He said, “Gamble!” I said, “Yeah,
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Naomi
May 08, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Walker's book Fighting the Devil proves that sometimes life is stranger than fiction. Her book depicts the story of her ex-husband, Jerry Sternadel's arsenic poisoning by his wife and bookkeeper for financial gain.

Readers may be familiar with this case through its depiction of occurances on Oxygen network's show, Snapped. Ms. Walker gives readers a picture of who Mr. Sternadel was from his young life to the time of his death, as well as a detailed account of the investigation and trial.

I re
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Mark Young
Mar 04, 2011 Mark Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Author
Fyodor Dostoevsky once wrote, “Nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer; nothing is more difficult than to understand him.” Author Jeannie Walker’s non-fiction book, Fighting the Devil, is about striving to understand a motive as old as Cain. Cold-blooded murder. This path of understanding came at a cost—Jeannie must reveal her pain and loss in order to tell the whole story in its unblemished truth. This took an act of courage. Jeannie had cause to walk away, distance herself from a man w ...more
Richard Bunning
Sep 13, 2011 Richard Bunning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like you to start by reading the negative reviews, then pause to think about what those individuals have actually said.
The first point is that they did not deny the events, but only the personal way in which they were described. That has hopefully reinforced my first point, this is a true story deserving of our time and consideration.
Is this book well written? Well, it isn't the best prose ever to cover a document. However, it is a country mile better than adequately written. Jeannie Wa
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C.L.R. Dougherty
This is the true story of one woman's determination to see justice done. Jeannie Walker was appalled by the poisoning death of her ex-husband, and she was frustrated by the slow pace of the official investigation, so she committed herself to the struggle to see right prevail.

Ms. Walker takes us through the intricacies and shortcomings of due process in a criminal investigation, with the addition of a healthy dose of local color, and a few flashes of spiritualism. Of necessity, a true-crime story
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Patricia
Feb 06, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fighting the Devil
By Jeannie Walker
Reviewed by Patricia A. Guthrie

Fighting the Devil could scare Lucifer out of anyone who’s perceptive enough to know he’s there and may be living with them.

Millionaire Jerry Sternadel is admitted into Bethania Hospital in Texas for a mysterious illness that baffles his doctors. He recovers and the next day he’s admitted again for the same symptoms. After three recoveries and three admittances, on July 12, 1990, he dies. By this time, authorities have already c
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My debut book was a true crime. I am proud to announce "Fighting the Devil" was the 2011 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS TRUE CRIME FINALIST and 2010 BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS TRUE CRIME WINNER.
My other true stories - "I Saw the Light", "Thomas, the Friendly Ghost", "Forever in My Heart", and my color illustrated children's book, "The Rain Snake".
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“You gotta help me get out of here! They're trying to kill me. I'm gonna die. I've got $35,000 missing. Those two women took it. They're trying to kill me. You gotta help me. Cut me loose! Cut me loose!” 9 likes
“You gotta help me get out of here! Cut me loose! Cut me loose!
Well, Jerry, I gotta go to work, but I'll come back this afternoon and if you're not better, then we'll see about ... I'll see what I can do.
It'll be too late, Gamble. I'll be dead by then. Cut me loose! You gotta help me. You just gotta help me!”
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