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Stolen in the Night [Mass Market Paperback]

Gary C. King

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312942052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312942052
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 10.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 651,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

True crime author Gary C. King has been writing bizarre, compelling and authentic true stories of murder and mayhem for the past 33 years. In the pages of his books you will find stories about serial murderers and cannibal killers, celebrity murders, torture murders, crimes of passion, among many others--chilling crimes that could only be perpetrated by the twisted minds and gruesome obsessions of coldblooded killers, the stuff of which horror movies and novels are made. Much of his freelancing has been for True Detective magazine between day jobs that included technical writer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and specialized work for the Department of Defense. In 1980 he took over crime writer Ann Rule's job as Pacific Northwest stringer for the detective magazines based out of New York, and wrote for those so-called "dick" books until they ceased publication in 1995 and hasn't looked back since.

In addition to writing 17 traditionally-published books for Penguin USA, St. Martin's Press, Pinnacle Books, and John Blake Publishing in the U.K. and 500 or so stories for the aforementioned detective magazines, King has also written extensively for Investigation Discovery's website and continues to provide occasional online content for Turner Broadcasting's Crime Library. A couple of years ago he made the choice to go "indie," a decision that he's been very pleased about making, and now publishes under his own imprint, Bleak House Publishing, Inc.

King's television appearances have included Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Inside Edition, Court TV, MSNBC's Headliners and Legends, E!, British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Extra TV, and several other national and local programs. He also frequently provides radio interviews. King was recently featured in an episode of Biography about serial killer Robert "Willie" Pickton, the subject of his book, Butcher, and in an episode of Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice called "Strange Bedfellows," about the murder of Nevada State Controller Kathy Augustine and the subject of King's An Almost Perfect Murder.

King is an active member of the Association of Independent Authors, and is also president of that organization's Las Vegas chapter. He also holds active memberships in the Authors Guild, Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers' Association (U.K.), International Thriller Writers, and the International Association of Crime Writers.

King is also active in social media online. You can connect with him on Twitter and Facebook, and can also reach him via his website.

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Interesting Case, But Limited Details Provided 24 Feb 2007
By Kim Cantrell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the first book that I have read by Gary C. King. I can only hope that this wasn't one of what is considered to be his better works as I found the writing to be only mediocre and barely able to keep my attention.

I disappointed that the background of the victims was only brushed over, and the background information on the convicted, Joseph Duncan III, was little more.

While reading this book, I reached the epilogue thinking that the writer had completed his work and rushed to publishing before we knew the resolution of this particular case. Instead I found that King placed the resolution, along with "editoral" about sex offenders, in the epilogue. This practice is quite unusual for true crime and, quite frankly, was confusing.

Overall, I would choose to read the book when there seemed to be nothing else to read. There are plenty better, but there are just as many worse.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ugh 27 Feb 2007
By Pinky Rings - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author of this book clearly didn't do his homework. The book seems to be hastily written and it's doubtful that he even left the comfort of his chair. Copy/paste from crime detailed websites, glaring errors and lack of history make this book an easy candidate for the trash can.

Googling some of the phrases used in the book, the reader will find that the author copied a majority of the book.

Apparently the author was too busy copy/pasting to bother to research much in depth. For had he done his homework, he would have known without a doubt that Duncan was born in Fort Bragg, NC. Instead, the author of this book cites three locations where Duncan "might" have been born. Any person with even the slightest knowledge of the Groene/MacKenzie murders knows that Duncan was in fact born at Fort Bragg.

The author could have added several interesting chapters to this book,had he done at least some small fraction of his homework. History on Duncan's involvement with Wacksman over the years as well as Crary, past girlfriends and his childhood would have added a great deal to the interest of the book.

If you're looking for a book that details the life and crimes of Duncan, don't bother with this book... save a tree, save your money and read about it on the internet.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartbreaking Story, A Courageous Little Girl 14 Aug 2009
By Lauri Crumley Coates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This true crime story heartbreakingly conveys the story of the anniliation of a family. Sexual psychopath Joseph Edward Duncan II brutally murdered a mother, her older son, and her boyfriend. Duncan then kidnaps the murdered woman's other 2 children, young Shasta and Dylan Groene from their idyllic Idaho home.

Millions of people watched the horror of this case unfold on the evening news. Detectives and the FBI scrambled to find the missing children, and the nation held it's collective breath, hoping for the best, anticipating the worst.

Told with an unerring eye to detail, Gary King's book takes the reader on this heartrending story, from harrowing twists to the tale of a courageous little girl who manages to survive against all odds. You feel the righteous indignation that comes with knowing that a bragging sexual predator was allowed to escape his punishment for earlier crimes, the horror faced by the young girl who he sexually brutalized, and the brother she knows he murdered. This story will haunt you long after you finish reading it, as much from the experiences of the family as from knowing that the system didn't work, and that this monster was allowed to go free.

Mr. King writes with great detail, and shares much of the case, the work involved, and the background story that allowed this horror to exist in the first place. I came away knowing more about the faults of our justice system, and what made this psychopath "tick". Knowing that Shasta has been reunited with her father, and is receiving psychological help to deal with her ordeal, brings the book to a decent conclusion. There is no happy ending to this story, and Mr. King doesn't try to paint a picture of one. It's handled with tact, well-meaning and compassion.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 4 Dec 2012
By thomasina - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a very good book. Makes you open your eyes to the things really going on. Would love to know how the young girls life turned out.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stolen in the Night 7 Oct 2012
By Jeanne Byrne Kosek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gary King is right up there with the big boys and girls of true crime writing. Truth indeed is stranger than fiction. King covered every angle leaving no stone unturned. It will scare you and make you wonder who is watching. Jeanne Kosek
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