Ron Franscell
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Ron Franscell

NEW TRUE CRIME COMING IN APRIL 2019!
"Alice & Gerald: A Homicidal Love Story" (Prometheus Books) explores a grisly, real-life case of murder and perverse devotion. "Alice & Gerald" features a femme fatale whose manipulative, cold-blooded character rivals Lady Macbeth, this page-turner by bestselling true-crime author Ron Franscell revisits a shocking cold case that was finally solved just when the murderers thought they'd never be caught.

Ron Franscell's writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Charles Frazier and Robert Olen Butler--diverse, poetic, evocative and muscular. His widely acclaimed 2016 true crime, MORGUE: A LIFE IN DEATH (co-authored with renowned medical examiner Dr. Vincent Di Maio) was nominated for an Edgar in 2017.

This lifelong newspaperman burst onto the literary scene in 1998 with his first novel ANGEL FIRE, a poignant, mythic tale of two brothers wrestling with personal ghosts in the small town where they grew up. ANGEL FIRE was subsequently named among the San Francisco Chronicle's 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West.

After his 1999 mystery, THE DEADLINE, Ron became a senior writer for the Denver Post, writing about the entangled past, present and future of the American West. THE DEADLINE and its sequel, THE OBITUARY, have been re-published in print and digital editions by WildBlue Press, one of the most innovative new publishing ventures in America.

In 2008, his first nonfiction, THE DARKEST NIGHT, won rave reviews from true-crime legends Ann Rule, Vincent Bugliosi and Gerry Spence. The book explored a monstrous crime against two of Ron's childhood friends in the small town where they grew up, and how that crime has echoed across almost four decades. It is now a national bestseller.

SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB is an intimate account of Ron's extraordinary road trip to the Yukon with his son, where they drank a cocktail containing a mummified human toe and spent the longest day of the year under an Arctic sun that never set. Magical.

THE CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE TO OUTLAW TEXAS (November 2010) is a quirky travel guide taking true-crime and history travelers to some 400 outlaw- and crime-related sites all over the Lone Star State. The series continued with OUTLAW ROCKIES (2011), and OUTLAW DC (2012), and OUTLAW PENNSYLVANIA (2013). OUTLAW NEW MEXICO and OUTLAW ARIZONA were published in 2014.

DELIVERED FROM EVIL explores the entangled lives of mass-murderers and their victims, tracing the lives of 10 ordinary people who survived some of America's worst massacres. Auspiciously, it debuted on the day a deranged young gunman killed six and wounded 13 at a Tucson supermarket in one of the most shocking crimes of our day.

Ron teamed up with friend and fellow popular crime writer Gregg Olsen to produce two editions in the NYTimes-bestselling Notorious USA true-crime series--NIGHTMARE AT NOON and EVIL AT THE FRONT DOOR--an exciting blend of classic TC storytelling and 21st century technology.

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    • The Darkest Night

    • Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town
    • By: Ron Franscell
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 249
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 230
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 229

    Eleven-year-old Amy Burridge rides with her 18-year-old sister, Becky, to the grocery store. Later, Becky's car gets a flat tire. Two men offer them a ride home. Yet they were anything but good Samaritans....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Impact Beyond the Crime: the girl that died twice

    • By Mel on 08-02-15
    • Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder, and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town
    • By: Ron Franscell
    • Narrated by: Rob Shapiro
    • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 05-26-15
    • 4 out of 5 stars 249 ratings

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Morgue

    • A Life in Death
    • By: Vincent Di Maio, Ron Franscell
    • Narrated by: Tony Ward
    • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153

    In this clear, gritty, and enthralling narrative, Di Maio himself guides us into the inner sanctum, through the cases that have made him famous....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • EXTRAORDINARY

    • By Lady Rider on 05-20-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Southern Fried Crime: Notorious USA Set (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)

    • By: Ron Franscell, Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris, and others
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60

    Evil lurks from the scorched earth of West Texas to the suffocating bayous of Mississippi...where darkness is deadly and screams go unheard....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • truly intriguing book

    • By Jeanette Kelley on 11-10-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Deadline

    • Jefferson Morgan Mystery Series, Book 1
    • By: Ron Franscell
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    A dying convict's last request thrusts small-town newspaperman Jefferson Morgan into a deadly maelstrom as he explores a 50-year-old case of child murder....

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Evil at the Front Door

    • Notorious Louisiana
    • By: Ron Franscell, Rebecca Morris
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Louisiana, famous for its Mardi Gras, spicy cuisine, and Dixieland jazz, is also the scene of some of the most notorious crimes in the country....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good choice

    • By Shawn on 03-06-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • Nightmare at Noon: Notorious Texas

    • By: Ron Franscell, Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
    • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 28

    Everything is bigger in Texas - especially crime....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Short True Crime Stories

    • By Margie on 12-09-15

    Regular price: $6.95

    • The Obituary

    • Jefferson Morgan Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Ron Franscell
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 2

    A world-renowned forensic anthropologist journeys to Winchester to examine the long-dead remains of a woman who claimed to be Etta Place and finds a man's headless corpse in her crypt....

    Regular price: $24.49

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