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James Renner is an award-winning journalist and author of True Crime Addict, the definitive book on the Maura Murray disappearance. Renner is also a novelist, having written The Man from Primrose Lane and other works of scifi and fantasy. He currently hosts the podcast, The Philosophy of Crime.

In 2019, he founded The Porchlight Project a nonprofit that raises money for new DNA testing and genetic genealogy for Ohio cold cases. In May, 2020, James Zastawnik was arrested for the murder of Barbara Blatnik, thanks to the work of genealogists funded by the Porchlight Project.

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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 Gre…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)
James Renner It was set up at Fox as a TV show. I've written the pilot and episode 2. With any luck, we could see it in about a year or so. Also, I've finished wri…moreIt was set up at Fox as a TV show. I've written the pilot and episode 2. With any luck, we could see it in about a year or so. Also, I've finished writing the sequel book, called Copperhead Island. No idea when that comes out. Hopefully 2019/2020.(less)
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I’m bringing my podcast, True Crime This Week, to CrimeCon UK in London June 10 – 11 2023! If you’re a fan from across the pond, come say hello. You can get discounted tickets by using my code, RENNER when you buy tickets at CrimeConUK.com

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Highly recommend. I would call it a pre-apocalyptic road story. Calls to mind Pynchon and Vonnegut, with nods to Infinite Jest, Stephen King, and even The X-Files.
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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.”
James Renner, The Great Forgetting

“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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