THE FRUGAL FIND OF THE DAY: The Kennedy Half-Dollar, Mahree Moyle {$3.03}

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Description of The Kennedy Half-Dollar:

This is a true crime memoir of a murder/mystery that took place in the cane fields of Waimanalo, Hawaii. A young girl, Seely, finds herself involved, not only with the murder, but with Hawaii’s recognized figures of organized crime. The brutal murder of Mark, the night manager of a well-known nightclub in Waikiki where Seely worked, headlined the news. He was the son of a respected official. The Mafia kidnapped, drugged, raped and threatened Seely for months. Finally she was able to escape their tainted web and leave the islands. For years she wondered why they targeted her, until one night she is forced to face the truth of her connection.



Brian 5 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and thought provoking June 21, 2013
By Betty J Bowen
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
I found the first third of the book to be suspenseful and page turning. After that I wondered how it would keep going, but it did. Knowing that it was a true story added to the emotions that I felt while reading. Well written – I like the extras (music and self-talk). A very courageous story.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book easy read June 13, 2013
By Billy J. Mayberry
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a must read! The author really captures your imagination as well as your heart. The story takes you on a journey that is both captivating and mysterious. It’s one of those books that you have trouble putting down once you start reading. Great Job!


The Kennedy Half-Dollar currently has an Amazon reader review rating of 4.8 stars from 8 reviews. Read the reviews here.

An excerpt from The Kennedy Half-Dollar:

“Get in, Seel.” Straggly Kimo jumped out from the backseat and motioned for Seely to get in. Leo was driving as usual, and Seely climbed in between Brone and Kimo in the backseat. Her body shook as she sat on the raw leather seat within the pall of their presence. The silence shrieked ominous gloom. They drove for a very short time and turned into the entrance of the Ala Wai Park.

The Ala Wai Canal ran through the park and was a mock drainage system that emptied into the Pacific Ocean. It was built in the 1920’s, mainly for the outflow of the rice patty fields and swamps. Due to the growth of Waikiki and the surrounding areas it became the drainage corridor.

The park seemed like an aphotic zone. There was no other life present. Leo pulled over to the side, close to the canal and stopped the car. The moon hid behind the cumulus clouds that gathered over the ocean in the early morning. A faint glint came from the sparse park lighting. All Seely could focus on was the metal trash can that rested near a tree in front of the car. She envisioned herself bound and crammed inside and then heaved into the Ala Wai, bobbing aimlessly as flotsam toward the ocean, where she would disappear forever. The internal tone within the car pulsated ruin. Her heart was pounding as if fighting to escape her chest. She wondered if they could hear it. Their eyes pierced hers but she held her head up and glared into them. Seely accepted her fate.


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In Cold Blood, Truman Capote ~ $3.96

In Cold BloodNational Bestseller 

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. 

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.

“The best documentary account of an American crime ever written. . . . The book chills the blood and exercises the intelligence . . . harrowing.” ~The New York Review of Books

“A remarkable, tensely exciting, superbly written ‘true account.’ ” ~The New York Times

“A masterpiece . . . a spellbinding work.” ~Life

The average customer review is currently 4.5 stars (483 reviews).

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The Devil in the White City: A Saga of Magic and Murder at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson ~ $8.69

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The Devil in the White City draws the reader into a time of magic and majesty, made all the more appealing by a supporting cast of real-life characters, including Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony, Thomas Edison, Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and others. In this book the smoke, romance, and mystery of the Gilded Age come alive as never before.

Erik Larson’s gifts as a storyteller are magnificently displayed in this rich narrative of the master builder, the killer, and the great fair that obsessed them both.

“Engrossing . . . exceedingly well documented . . . utterly fascinating.” ~Chicago Tribune

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The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to Jon Benet Ramsey, The FBI’s Legendary Mindhunter Sheds New Light on the Mysteries That Won’t Go Away, Mark Olshaker & John Douglas ~ $7.99

The Cases That Haunt Us: From Jack the Ripper to Jon Benet Ramsey, The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Sheds New Light on the Mysteries That Won't Go AwayAmerica’s foremost expert on criminal profiling provides his uniquely gripping analysis of seven of the most notorious murder cases in the history of crime — from the Whitechapel murders to JonBenet Ramsey — often contradicting conventional wisdom and legal decisions.

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Was Lizzie Borden truly innocent of the murder of her father and stepmother as the Fall River, Massachusetts, jury decided, or was she the one who took the ax and delivered those infamous “whacks”? Through a minute-by-minute behavioral analysis of the crime, the authors come to a convincing conclusion.
Did Bruno Richard Hauptmann single-handedly kidnap the baby son of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the most famous couple in the world, or was he an innocent man caught up and ultimately executed in a relentless rush to judgment in the “crime of the century”? 
What kind of person could kill six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey on Christmas night in her own home? Douglas was called in on the case shortly after the horrifying murder, and his conclusions are hard-hitting and controversial. Why, in the face of the majority of public, media, and law enforcement opinion, including former FBI colleagues, does Douglas believe that John and Patricia Ramsey did not murder their daughter? And what is the forensic and behavioral evidence he brings to bear to make his claim? 
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The Company She Keeps, Georgia Durante ~ $6.99

The Company She Keeps
A female Goodfellas- the true story of a supermodel turned getaway driver for the mob.

All-American beauty Georgia Durante was one of the most photographed models in the country when she married mobster Joe Lamendola. It plunged her into a world she never dreamed of-and one she feared she-d never survive-as a getaway driver for the Mafia and an eyewitness to unspeakable violence, brutality, and murder, as she came to understand the terrifying risk of being married to the Mob.

“A unique look at how organized crime can destroy much more than the usual victims of its activities. Georgia Durante rose above it. I salute her.” – James Henderson Chief of the Strike Force on Organized Crime

“Georgia Durante has written a gripping, fast-paced, insider’s look at an underworld she knew only too well. Breathtakingly readable.” – Sidney Sheldon Best-selling Author

“Georgia Durante, not only survived her years in the underworld, but lived to write about it. A fascinating life. A fascinating book.” – Nicholas Pileggi Best-selling Author

The average customer review is currently 5 stars (232 reviews).

Secrets in the Cellar, John Glatt ~ $6.99

Secrets in the CellarJosef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family—though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been “lost” to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth’s children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls’ doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth’s disappearance…
For twenty-seven years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon, complete with sound-proof paneling and code-protected electric locks. There, she would eventually give birth to a total of seven of Josef’s children. One died in infancy—and the other three were raised alongside Elisabeth, never to see the light of day.
Then, in 2008, one of Elisabeth’s children became seriously ill, and was taken to the hospital. It was the first time the nineteen-year-old girl had ever gone outside—and soon, the truth about her background, her family’s captivity, and Josef’s unspeakable crimes would come to light. 
The average customer review is currently 4 stars (19 reviews).

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