I admit it, I am addicted to true crime TV shows and books. I think I like the fact that (on TV, anyhow) the slow accumulation of details leads to the truth of the matter. The police involved are usually portrayed as honorable characters with occasional flaws, who try to do their jobs well and serve justice.

Yes, it is kind of the opposite of another addiction, FILM NOIR, but I am a contradictory person.

One of my favorite real life characters is a retired detective from Colorado Springs. Joe Kenda has a quirky way of telling his stories, drawn from over 300 solved murders. He paints the victims and the perpetrators as three-dimensional human beings, but his sympathy lies with the victims and their families.

One of the things that I most admired in his mannerisms is the way he “gave notification” of death to the families. He didn’t try to “make it easy,” because there is no way to say that someone you loved is never coming back. He never said that it would be okay. He never said, “Don’t cry.”

Sometimes you just have to let people grieve and be angry!

book cover: Joe Kenda: I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
Joe Kenda: I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime

Anyhow, about a year ago… Joe Kenda wrote a book. I knew that I would want to read it, and I finally got around to doing just that.

it is a real kick, his ghostwriter makes him sound EXACTLY like he comes across in the TV show. I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about his wife and kids. Kathy is probably the biggest hero in this book, but wives are kind of like that.

I’m guessing that a new season will be coming up in the fall. I will be watching and HE WILL FIND YOU!