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The phantom killer

The phantom killer
Artist/Author/Cast: 
Presley, James
ISBN: 
9781605986425

The salacious and scandalous murders of a series of couples on Texarkana's "lovers lanes" in seemingly idyllic post-WWII America created a media maelstrom and cast a pall of fear over an entire region. What is even more surprising is that the case has remained cold for decades. Combining archival research and investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize nominated historian James Presley reveals evidence that provides crucial keys to unlocking this decades-old puzzle.Dubbed "the Phantom murders" by the press, these grisly crimes took place in an America before dial telephones, DNA science, and criminal profiling. Even pre-television, print and radio media stirred emotions to a fever pitch. The Phantom Killer, exhaustively researched, is the only definitive nonfiction book on the case, and includes details from an unpublished account by a survivor, and rare, never-before-published photographs.Although the case lives on today on television, the Internet, a revived fictional movie and even an off-Broadway play, with so much of the investigation shrouded in mystery since 1946, rumors and fractured facts have distorted the reality. Now, for the first time, a careful examination of the archival record, personal interviews, and stubborn fact checking come together to produce new insights and revelations on the old slayings.

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Scorched Eggs

Scorched Eggs
Artist/Author/Cast: 
Childs, Laura
ISBN: 
9780425255599

In Laura Childs's New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni#151;co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café#151;are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug#133; As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she's stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn't enough to save longtime civil service worker#151;and friend to the Cackleberry Club#151;Hannah Venable. Soon enough, it's discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose#151;was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit. Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club's menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren't careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives#133;

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