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True Crime Book Club

The True Crime Book Club is led by the true crime aficionado Rachel Newton Cumley. We would like to extend an invitation to all of our mystery and thriller loving customers (RSVP is not required). Our book discussions aim to bring people together to talk about books in a safe and inviting atmosphere. Our meetings are lovely and inclusive; we invite you to attend. Come and enjoy a lively discussion about the chosen book with other readers. Join us for the January meeting of the True Crime Book Club. This month’s pick is American Predator by Maureen Callahan. Ted Bundy. John Wayne Gacy. Jeffrey Dahmer. The names of notorious serial killers are usually well-known; they echo in the news and in public consciousness. But most…

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Reading: JB Fisher

Rose City Book Pub welcomes Portland author J.B. Fisher to read from Echo of Distant Water: The 1958 Disappearance of Portland’s Martin Family. In December 1958, Ken Martin, his wife Barbara, and their three young daughters left their home in Northeast Portland to search for Christmas greens in the Columbia River Gorge—and never returned. The Martins’ disappearance spurred the largest missing persons search in Oregon history and the mystery has remained perplexingly unsolved to this day. For the past six years, J.B. Fisher (Portland on the Take) has pored over the case after finding in his garage a stack of old Oregon Journal newspaper articles about the story. Through a series of serendipitous encounters, Fisher obtained a wealth of first-hand and never-before publicized information about…

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True Crime Book Club

True Crime Book Club meets on Sundays and November’s pick is Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. A twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. Available at a 15% discount to order if you plan on attending the book club. Email us to order it or come in!

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Jake Brennan

From Jake Brennan, creator of the popular rock ‘n’ roll true crime podcast, Disgraceland, comes an off-kilter, hysterical, at times macabre book of stories from the highly entertaining underbelly of music history. At the center of Disgraceland (Grand Central) is the ever-fascinating music industry – a glittery stage populated by gangsters, drug dealers, pimps, and groupies, with violence, scandal, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll entertainment.

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True Crime Book Club

True Crime Book Club meets on Sundays and October’s pick is Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. Available at a 15% discount to order if you plan on attending the book club. Email us to order it or come in!

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Confessions of a True Crime Addict: James Renner

James Renner celebrates our obsession with true crime and shares weirdly funny stories about his life hunting serial killers and hosting crime shows. His job often places him in compromising situations – from being scammed into buying crack for his neighbor to accepting rides in cars from strange men at crime scenes. He explores the big questions behind our guilty pleasure, such as why is true crime so popular and whether killers are born bad or made that way. From Serial to Making a Murderer, Renner takes us through the absurd world of popular crime and finds the humor at its heart. James Renner is a journalist from Cleveland, the author of True Crime Addict, and the host of Discover ID’s Lake Erie’s Coldest Cases.…

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Echo of Distant Water – JB Fisher

Join us for a reading of Echo of Distant Water: The 1958 Disappearance of Portland’s Martin Family by JB Fisher! Echo of Distant Water tells the true and largely forgotten story of Ken Martin, his wife Barbara, and their three young daughters—who vanished while hunting Christmas greens in the Columbia River Gorge on December 7, 1958. Despite one of the largest missing persons searches in Oregon history, the case remains perplexingly unsolved to this day. After discovering a stack of old newspaper articles about the case in his McMinnville garage, author JB Fisher obtained a wealth of first-hand and never-before publicized information including an intriguing trail left in the personal notebooks and papers of Multnomah County criminal detective Walter E. Graven. These provide fascinating insight…

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The Trauma Cleaner

Hello all of you lovely True Crime junkies! Pick up your copy of The Trauma Cleaner and start reading! Then come join us from 3-5, to discuss the book, snack on yummy treats, drink some wine, and talk True Crime shop! If you want to support the gracious host of our little book club that could, please purchase your copy of The Trauma Cleaner from Books Around the Corner. You can even have it shipped to you for just $5.

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Reading: Bryan Denson: The Unabomber

Annie Bloom’s welcomes back Portland author Bryan Denson to read from his true-crime book for young readers, The Unabomber. The Unabomber was a lone-wolf terrorist who carried out fourteen bombings that left three people dead and another twenty-three injured. A cunning genius, he dodged his FBI pursuers for nearly two decades, terrifying Americans from coast to coast. Agent Kathy Puckett, a spy hunter and highly trained psychologist, served as the turning point in the FBI’s efforts to understand the mind of the faceless killer. Her insights helped send more than a hundred agents to a remote cabin in the mountains of western Montana on April 3, 1996. There the FBI captured Theodore J. Kaczynski, engineer of the most notorious bombing spree in U.S. history. Bryan…

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Billy Jensen

Journalist Billy Jensen spent 15 years investigating unsolved murders, fighting for the families of victims – often using information found on social media and in other places the police don’t think to look. Every story he wrote had one thing in common: they didn’t have an ending. The killer was still out there. But after the sudden death of friend Michelle McNamara, crime writer and author of I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Jensen became fed up. Following a dark night, he came up with a plan. A plan to investigate past the point when the cops had given up. A plan to solve the murders himself. In Jensen’s new book, you’ll ride shotgun as he identifies the Halloween Mask Murderer, finds a missing girl…

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