I started my professional writing career in newspapers and worked as a journalist for more than twenty years in locales as diverse as Washington, D.C. and Micronesia, as well as Florida, Oregon and, of course, Colorado. I’ve covered most everything from science to medicine to international and social issues to politics and even a smattering of sports. But I was probably best known for my writing about cops, courts and criminals. In 1998 that led to the publication of my first book MONSTER, the
true crime story of a brutal killer and the bulldog of a cop who refused to let him get away with murder. MONSTER was published in October of that year, and within two weeks made the New York Times bestseller list. It was re-released in July 2013 with updated material and is now available on ebook, as well as print. One morning in July 1974, Anita Andrews, the owner and bartender at Fagiani’s Cocktail Lounge in Napa, California was found dead in her bar–raped, beaten, and stabbed to death in a bloody frenzy. She’d last been seen alive the night before talking to a drifter who sat at the end of the bar, playing cards and flirting with her. But the stranger, along with Anita’s Cadillac, had disappeared. Unable to locate a suspect, police investigators sadly watched the case grow cold over the years.