"As good a biography of Salinger as we're likely to get for a while. Alexander...[has] succeeded in placing Salinger in the context of his times, and in finding in the author's life seeds of inspiration for his fiction."
--The Boston Globe
Bestselling true-crime author Paul Alexander (Murdered, Accused) unravels the sordid narrative of the notorious "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, who left at least 10 women dead and terrorized Los Angeles for more than two decades.
In this true account, Accused introduces us to Tommy Harris, the 14 years veteran of the Houston Police force, his fight with a man outside a bar, a death, and the ensuing homicide trial. The district attorney had boasted, "Anyone can convict a guilty person, but it takes someone really good to convict an innocent one." Did Harris apply a naked choke-hold or did the district attorney and his forensics team set up Harris?
For nearly a quarter-century, the Los Angeles Police Department considered the brutal 1986 killing of Sherri Rasmussen — a beautiful 29-year-old newlywed — as the byproduct of a botched robbery. But this true account reveals a cold case detective's startling discovery in 2009: Sherri had been murdered. And nothing could have shocked the detective more than the identity of the killer — a cold-blooded murderer that the LAPD already knew only too well.
One July morning in 1996, three people were discovered dead and one at death’s door in a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. Three of the victims were white—including the store owner. That same day, a black man, Curtis Flowers, was identified as the prime suspect. Flowers had worked at the store for three days and had quit under questionable circumstances. But almost no substantive evidence linked him to the crime. A devout Christian and gospel singer, Flowers had no prior criminal record and the barest of motives. Caught between a relentless Mississippi prosecutor and the fury of both African-American and white communities in his town, Flowers has endured six separate trials over more than a decade in a case that remains undecided.