A bona fide true-crime star."-Vulture
"Legendary…For twenty years Lt. Joe Kenda served as a detective with the Colorado Springs Police Department. During that time he solved 356 of the 387 murder cases he investigated. This is a staggering accomplishment, one almost unheard of in modern American law enforcement." -Salon
"One of the most successful crime fighters in history…he's also one of the most quotable tough guys to ever put on a badge." -Men's Journal
The most common triggers for homicide are fear, rage, revenge, money, lust, and, more rarely, sheer madness. This isn't an exact science, of course. Any given murder can have multiple triggers. Sex and revenge seem to be common partners in crime. Rage, money, and revenge make for a dangerous trifecta of triggers, as well.
This book offers my memories of homicide cases that I investigated or oversaw. In each case, I examine the trigger that led to death. I chose this theme for the book because even though the why of a murder case may not be critical in an investigation, it can sometimes lead us to the killer.
And even if we solve a case without knowing the trigger, the why still intrigues us, disrupting our dreams and lingering in our minds, perhaps because each of us fears the demons that lie within our own psyche-the triggers waiting to be pulled.
The Sexy Nerd's Review
I have been watching Joe Kenda on ID Discovery for the last few years and I tell you, although Kenda deals with the dark and dreary underworld of murder and mayhem, he truly belongs on a comedic stage. You wouldn’t think there is anything funny to find in the line of work that Lt. Kenda has done for many years, but his snappy comebacks and side note banter is enough to have you falling out laughing. Well, I’ll say this, I couldn’t stop laughing at Kenda’s sarcasm. If you’re a fan of the original Law & Order TV show and familiar with Detective Lennie Briscoe played by the late Jerry Orbach, I believe Dick Wolf got his character’s idea from Lt. Kenda. Kenda is Briscoe hands down with all the Lennie-isms to boot!
OMG, this book was to die for (pardon the pun) although Lt. Kenda would completely understand, it was utterly amazing! Some of the cases he discussed I believe may have been on his show, but what I loved about the book is that Kenda was able to be extremely raw and very real in the book. You get to experience a whole other level of Kenda than what you see on TV. For one, he can use profanity in the appropriate places and describe the scumbags he was constantly searching for with detail, whereas on television he’s extremely censored.
Many of the cases he discusses stick out in my mind, but there were a few that had me in complete stitches. Readers make sure that you do not skip any of the chapters because Kenda gives a lot of insight into the cases than he normally does. I learned so much more than the cases I viewed on TV. There is one chapter where he talks about a suspect named Chuckie. OMG, whatever you do, make sure you read that chapter slow because you are going to fall out when you read what Kenda had to say about that guy. I was completely blown away by that case. Another chapter that stood out is a murdered victim named Eric Houston. What he ends up telling one of his detectives almost made me pee myself I laughed so hard.
Bottom line, if you’ve never watched Homicide Hunter on ID Discovery or watch his newest shows on Discovery+, reading Kenda’s words are just as pleasurable. What I find so ironic is Kenda finished out his final season of Homicide Hunter and after COVID-19 hit America, he was forced out of retirement aah-gain to do a new show for Discovery+. Who knew? Obviously, Kenda would get it! (wink, wink!)
The Sexy Nerd gives Killer Triggers five extra bullets! As in true Kenda fashion, he does not disappoint his fans. I genuinely enjoyed every case he discussed and all his side notes and sarcasm I could handle. If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching his show, trust me, reading his book is just like watching it, except he gives you so much more. What an incredible read! I love you, Kenda, my favorite Homicide Hunter! Killer Triggers will be available Tues., March 9, 2021. Make sure you download your copy at your favorite book retailers.
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