I Will Find You - Joe Kenda

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Summary (from goodreads):
Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?

In I WILL FIND YOU, the star of Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards.

Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to look away.

The tales in I WILL FIND YOU will shock you like the best horror stories-divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species.

Don't mind the blood.

Edition Read: ARC from netgalley
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Book provided by netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 

First off, if you are interested in this book and have never seen even a single episode of Homicide Hunter... stop reading this review and get your hands on an episode or two. You can watch the first episodes of Seasons 1 & 7 for free on either the Investigation Discovery app or the website. For Hulu Plus subscribers, Seasons 3-5 are available in their entirety.
If, for some reason, you do not like the show or it's narration, walk away. This book isn't for you.

I feel the summary oversells this a bit. Yes, it does include cases that aren't ready for primetime, even on a network created exclusively to host murder shows. However, it's not the entire book, and that's not a bad thing. I won't discuss the unfilmed cases here, but caution that a fair chunk of the "not for tv" ones involve children. He also curses a lot more than in the show. This isn't a detraction and it suits him. Just caught me a bit off guard at first.

He briefly touches upon his childhood, meeting his wife, how he came into the police force ,and why and when he retired. He is candid about mistakes he made and how he learned from them. There are a good balance of cases that are far too gory/horrifying for tv and others that illustrate how Kenda honed his detective skills or used them in his personal life.

It's not as catch-phrase heavy as I thought it would be, but it's balanced nicely and there is definitely a "My, my, my" thrown in for good measure. (It wouldn't be the Joe Kenda we all love to watch if there wasn't one!)

His compassion for human life shines through. One thing I gush to others about this show is that Kenda doesn't victim blame and that same quality shines bright and clear here.


A must read for Homicide Hunter fans. Kenda's trademark charm, dark humor, and even a few pet phrases grace these pages making for a quick read that feels like Kenda is speaking directly to you.

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