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Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. His most recent book, “Dare I Call It Murder? — A Memoir of Violent Loss,” won first place in the 2012 San Diego Book Awards (unpublished memoir). As a journalist, he has won four Best of Show awards from the San Diego Press Club in addition to many other awards during his 25 years in journalism. [30 words: Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. “Dare I Call It Murder?” won first place in the 2012 San Diego Book Awards (unpublished memoir). He has served as business editor at San Diego Magazine as well as editor of The Log Newspapers, Maritime Quarterly and The T Sector. He contributed regularly to Sailing World and Grand Prix Sailor, and worked as a stringer for the Associated Press while covering the America’s Cup and other sailing competitions. Edwards currently works as a freelance writer, book editor, and publishing consultant in San Diego, Calif., where he lives with his birding-enthusiast wife, Janis Cadwallader. www.LarryEdwards.com
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And it is very compelling. We want to solve this mystery.
The pace of the book is rapid. Edwards' clear writing and careful placement of passages, like finely tuned fiction, keep us side by side with him as he frantically pieces together fragments of information, lies, and police ineptness. He is an experienced sailor and utilizes descriptions of weather, rigging, and charts for both narrative explanation and emotional context. So he gives us "the whispers in the rigging and the swoosh of the hull driving through black ocean swells," and "camaraderie drained out of the scuppers like cold seawater washing over the deck."
In the end, the mystery of his parents' deaths remains. Edwards' wish for justice is one we all share. That there is no justice in this story focuses the tragedy with great clarity.
Dare I Call It Murder? is well worth reading. Highly recommended
In 1977 Loren and Jody Edwards with their son and daughter ( Gary and Kerry) as well as a family freind (Lori), board their sailboat, Spellbound. They set sail for French Polynesia, a dream of theirs they'd been planning for years. Six months later in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Loren and Jody are dead. Right from the start Gary nor Kerry could keep their story's straight. Gary became a suspect immediately. His behavior alone--screamed guilt, he showed no emotion at all. Lori claimed she was asleep during the time of their deaths,(this girl didn't seem to have much credibility either.)
This family had been dysfunctional for some time. From Larry's account, it's very clear that Gary had issues from day one--we're talking from childhood. Unfortunately no one in the family addressed them. Frankly, Kerry had been spoiled, and had some serious issues of her own. Something horrible occured on that boat, and neither one of these two self-centered individuals would tell the truth. This caused a rift between both sides of the family. One side refusing to believe Gary would have killed his own parent's, and the other suspecting him all along.
This was a well written heartbreaking memoir. Larry Edwards seperates fact from fiction about his parent's murder, and share's with the reader how the violent loss of his parent's effected him and his family. I hope one day he will see justice served, it is long over due.
In Dare I Call it Murder? A Memoir of Violent Lost, Larry describes not only how the violent deaths of his father, Loren, and his mother, Jody, affected his own life but also how the allegations against his brother tore apart his extended family.
Loren and Jody died while cruising through French Polynesia in their homebuilt ketch, the Spellbound. The surviving crewmembers—brother Gary, sister Kerry, and their friend Lori—explained Loren died when struck by a shifting boom and Jody, distraught over the loss of her husband, committed suicide by shooting herself in the head.
Almost immediately, French and American law enforcement officials considered the deaths suspicious. There were too many discrepancies in how Gary—the only person on deck with Loren and Jody when they died—described their deaths. Adding to their suspicions was Gary's hasty decision to bury his parents at sea despite the Spellbound being only hours from the nearest port.
After a prolonged investigation, the FBI concluded Gary killed his parents, probably after they caught him molesting his sister, Kerry. However, the U.S. Attorney felt the case wasn't strong enough to take to court. No charges were ever filed.
Larry describes in gripping detail his ordeal of flying to Tahiti to recover the Spellbound and its crew, only to find Kerry in a hospital with a skull fracture and his brother unwilling to explain what really happened aboard the ketch.
Back in the U.S., the deaths of his parents set off a series of cascading events that tore apart the author's extended family. One side of the family refused to believe Gary capable of murder; the other side whispered about Gary's trouble history. Larry also describes in heart-wrenching honesty how the anguish over his parents' deaths caused his own life to crumble until he found help from a support group for survivors of violent loss.
I've known Larry off and on for some 20 years. We worked together as journalists in the 1990s, then reconnected after becoming published authors. I put off reading Dare I Call It Murder? for fear it would be too personal, like peeking into a neighbor's bedroom window. I've always known Larry as a tough, hard-nosed journalist. Reading this book showed me a side of him I'd never known before.
As a mystery author, I could not come up with a more compelling crime story than this. As a writer, I could not write as compelling a book as this.