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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)
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…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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"If you're a conspiracy theorist or even a conspiracy suspecter, this book is for you! Weaving the stories of Jack, Tony, Sam, and Cole together with some of the most powerful stories of our time, this book asks the reader to take big leaps, but th..." Read more of this review »
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"I saw a documentary that got me hooked. I liked the authors style too, only disappointment was I now have more questions than I had before researching at all. Very puzzling case but also very interesting"
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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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