Ron will talk about his newest true crime book “Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story,” at a presentation and book-signing event at Leander’s new independent bookstore, Patchouli Joes.
It tells the grisly true story of a loving couple who murdered at least four people, and live happily ever after–while cops try for decades to piece together a petrifying tale of murder and secrets. The appalling details are made even more vivid by the author’s familiarity with the Wyoming times and places that formed the backdrop of his national bestseller “The Darkest Night.”
“Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story” is going to be the best true crime book you’ll read this year, or in just about any other year. Author Ron Franscell combines exhaustive research and plenty of literary talent to deliver the classic saga of four brutal murders and the decades-long efforts of dogged investigators to bring the married perpetrators to justice. In the process, he reminds the rest of us who write in this genre how it ought to be done.”
—JEFF GUINN, NY Times bestselling author of Manson and The Road to Jonestown
WHAT HATH CAPOTE WROUGHT?
What happens when a writer tells an utterly true story using devices from the fiction-writer’s toolbox? It’s a technique pioneered in the first modern true crime, a “nonfiction novel” called “In Cold Blood.” Ron Franscell, an Edgar nominated crime writer—and Wyoming native—explores the entangled histories of true-crime books and literary nonfiction, up to and including his own narrative writing as a Denver Post journalist and author of two bestselling, true accounts about wicked Wyoming crimes.
Ron will also participate in a Casper College book club gathering at the campus’s Goodstein Library on February 19 (time TBA).