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Luggage by Kroger: A True Crime Memoir

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"Catherine was destined to become several important things to me. But most prominently, she would become my problem-solver. Before I met her, I had a bunch of problems. Then, all of sudden, with her in my life I had only one."

Written as a true crime memoir, Luggage By Kroger is a unique, genre-crossing tale that blends memoir with mystery, legal procedural, and psycho-thri
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by iUniverse
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Lance Greenfield
Feb 14, 2010 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it
Too much AND too little


I have mixed feelings about this book.

The introduction was intriguing as it related the murder of Doctor George Tedesco. The top suspect is Catherine Mehaffey, who claims to have been Tedesco’s common law (in British terms) wife after having lived with him for only a few months. The police fail to make a strong enough case against her to get a conviction: Catherine then goes to court to claim the estate. This all happens in the first few pages, so I am not giving anything
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Gary Taylor
Feb 26, 2009 Gary Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Note; This is a book I wrote and published. Of course I will give it five stars. Others have done that, too. And here are two guest reviews from POD People.com and Self-Publishing Review webzine:

Title: Luggage By Kroger: A True Crime Memoir
Author: Gary Taylor
Genre: memoir, true crime
Price: $22.95
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-0-595-53030-4
Point of Sale: Amazon
Reviewed by: Chris Gerrib

Gary Taylor is an interesting fellow, self-described as one-third rogue, and his book Luggage By Kroger is an ente
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Andrew
Jan 23, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2011
This tells the tale of the volatile relationship between reporter Gary Taylor and femme fatale attorney Catherine Mehaffey.

It is a slow burner, the first half of the book being spent largely on providing background details of Gary Taylor's early life and career. While at the time this seemed excessive, it added to the overall 'roundness' of the story.

There is a devastating finale, the details of which I won't reveal to others who have not yet read the book. The couple of chapters preceding this
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David
Oct 17, 2011 David rated it it was amazing
Why I initially picked this book up was that it took place in Houston. As a native Houstonian, I wanted to know where the events took place and if I had been close to any of the locales. One of the important settings in the book, 1723 Kipling is blocks away from two of my former addresses and the names of reporters, lawyers and politicos in the book were all names I knew. The Houston part was all fine and dandy.

What made me turn page after page was the twisted relationship and the stalking that
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David Ye
Dec 07, 2013 David Ye rated it liked it
Entertaining read —I originally purchased it to research a story that I was writing, and was pleasantly surprised by Gary Taylor's even-handed and at times empathetic retelling of events that happened to him a couple decades ago. The book was somewhat marred by the clumsy way in which the climax was handled. There was alot of buildup for an underwhelming climax. There's maybe 150 pages of story here, but the book was 300 pages long (at least according to the B&N ebook page count). Interestin ...more
Paula
Aug 26, 2011 Paula rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this one. Very well-written and with character depth which is sometimes absent in true crime books.
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This looks like it will be a great book to read.
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I posted a review when I originally finished this book
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Gary Taylor began his journalism career after graduating in 1969 from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, where he won the Walter Williams Award as the outstanding writer in the class of ’69. Until December of 1971, Taylor worked for The Flint Journal as the courts and legal affairs reporter for that Michigan daily. He joined the staff of The Houston Post in 1971 and worked there un ...more
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