Jack Olsen
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Jack Olsen

Jack Olsen is the award-winning author of thirty-three books published in fifteen countries and eleven languages. A former Time bureau chief, Olsen wrote for Vanity Fair, People, Paris Match, Readers Digest, Playboy, Life, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, New York Times Book Review and others. His magazine journalism appeared in thirteen anthologies. His books included The Misbegotten Son, The Bridge at Chappaquiddick,, the eco-thriller Night of the Grizzlies, and his monumental study of a Nazi massacre in Italy, Silence on Monte Sole. Three of his works were adapted for the screen, including Have You Seen My Son? on ABC.

Olsen's journalism has earned the National Headliners Award, Chicago Newspaper Guild's Page One Award, commendations from Columbia and Indiana Universities, the Washington State Governor's Award, the Scripps-Howard Award and other honors. He was listed in Who's Who in America since 1968 and in Who's Who in the World since 1987. The Philadelphia Inquirer described him as "an American treasure."

Olsen has been described as "the dean of true crime authors" by the Washington Post and the New York Daily News and "the master of true crime" by the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. Publishers Weekly called him "the best true crime writer around." His studies of crime are required reading in university criminology courses and have been cited in the New York Times Notable Books of the Year. In a page-one review, the Times described his work as "a genuine contribution to criminology and journalism alike."

Olsen is perhaps best known for his studies of rape: "Son": A Psychopath and His Victims, which won a Special Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America; Predator, the American Mystery Award winner for Best True Crime, and "Doc": The Rape of the Town of Lovell, awarded the 1991 Edgar for Best Fact Crime.

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    • The Man with the Candy

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 182
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 166
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 164

    A full account of the most heinous crime of the century in which nearly 30 young boys were sexually tortured to death....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Boys Who Met the Man with the Candy

    • By Kindle Customer on 05-13-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Son

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578

    Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Psychopathy Born or Made?

    • By Michael on 04-29-15
    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 21 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 03-02-15
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 1,737 ratings

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Misbegotten Son

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 949
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 946

    An account of the crimes of Arthur Shawcross describes how the paroled child killer shot, stabbed, suffocated, and strangled 16 Rochester, New York, prostitutes....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Reads like a novel, very well written.

    • By 6catz on 01-09-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Charmer: A Ladies' Man and His Victims

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 325
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 307
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 302

    The author of Predator traces the story of George Russell, Jr., a bright, young, popular black man whose thirty-year psychological unraveling led to a shocking killing spree....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you loved SON ~ Get THIS!!

    • By Polly Poizendem on 11-18-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Cold Kill

    • The True Story of a Murderous Love
    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 528
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484

    David loved Cindy and was loved in return. Or so he thought....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If Cindy Calls - DON'T Answer!

    • By Polly Poizendem on 02-12-17
    • The True Story of a Murderous Love
    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
    • Release date: 02-03-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 528 ratings

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,333
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,210

    For twenty-five years, the trusted family doctor in a small Wyoming town had been raping and molesting the women and children who most relied on him....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrible events, fascinating story.

    • By Mindy on 07-25-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Night of the Grizzlies

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 298

    Jack Olsen's true account, traces the causes of the tragic night in August 1967 when two separate and unrelated campers, a distance apart, were savagely killed by enraged bear....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The night the bears lost their fear of humans

    • By Michael on 12-19-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Predator

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 323
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 286

    An account of the life and crimes of psychopath Mac Smith that describes how Seattle police, eager to make an arrest in the murders of the city's women, arrested the wrong man....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a way to be introduced to True Crime!

    • By EasyReader on 05-28-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Salt of the Earth

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 609
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 559
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 555

    Salt of the Earth is the true story of how one woman fought and triumphed over life-shattering violence and how she healed her family - and herself....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling True Crime -portrait of a family

    • By Suzanne on 05-08-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Missing Persons

    • By: Jack Olsen
    • Narrated by: Becket Royce
    • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    Could it happen to you? Severn Gamble's wife walks into the Justice Building of a major Northwestern city to pick up some typing - and never comes out....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • EXCELLENT MYSTERY VERY WELL NARRATED!

    • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 10-17-15

    Regular price: $19.95

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