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Publisher's Summary

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.

Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?

In I Will Find You, the star of Homicide Hunter, Lt. Joe Kenda, shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards.

Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

The tales in I Will Find You will shock you like the best horror stories - divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species.

Don't mind the blood.

©2017 Joe Kenda (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Typical Kenda! Veryv

As a long standing fan of his TV show I bought both the Kindle book and the Audible Book. This is Kenda at his best. Several of his stories i recognized the TV episode. Many of his stories i recognized them from news coverage. I live in Denver area and so many made the local news here. I must admit that I have a school girl crush on the actor who portrays him in the TV series. Would like to read more about his private life and his wife, Kathy. She obviously spent a lot of time waiting for him to come home each day. Kenda is definitely one of a kind and a dedicated law enforcement officer. He solved more than he didn't. A cop"s cop. If you are a fan of his series you'll love this book. I'm very pleased that he has narrated the book himself.

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A GREAT LISTEN - OUTSTANDING!

I am a lover of true crime books. I WILL FIND YOU gives the listener a very rare intimacy with the author. This is one of my favorite true crime books I have in my library. It was impossible for me to put it down.

I have never watched the television show or heard of Joe Kenda before this listen. (No media influence here) Kenda is not only an excellent story teller, but a fun humorist. If I had the chance to meet an author in this genre, Mr. Kenda would be at the top of my list. If you want to know more about the horrifying human condition including the strange hard to believe behaviors people are capable of DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW! It is not for listeners that have queasy stomachs...very gory at times, but also extremely funny. For those that have a strange sense of humor and a love for true crime stories, this book is for you. I loved it! Steve

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  • james
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 10-10-17

a rough read

as the son of a police officer who took his own life after 23 years on the job this was the first book that helped me recovery from his last day. if you want to know what a cop and his have to put up with read this book

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Worth the listen!

I bought both the hardcover and the audio book. I wasn't given anything by the publisher or anyone else to write this review nor a discount of any kind. I hate those reviews because I always felt it skewed the ratings. This Is an unbiased review from a customer (myself) who has no obligation, affiliation or connection with the story other than having purchased the book.

I saw a commercial for Homicide Hunter and determined that I wasn't interested in watching. Yet one day, Investigation Discovery was on the T.V. and I was preoccupied doing something else while Homicide Hunter was ongoing in the background since I hadn't yet changed the channel. I found that I had rushed to judgment and found myself glued to the story. As I listened to Lt. Kenda, I felt as though I was listening to stories from an intelligent man who reminded me of a grandfather figure. He can seem a bit dry or cold at first but has a good sense of humor, and is very wise, not to mention passionate about his former work as a policeman. I became an instant fan.

The audio book is read by Lt. Kenda and has the same feeling of the show. If you watch the show, Lt. doesn't use a script, so for the first chapter, it sounded unusually rehearsed. However, as he proceeded to speak about his life, it became more relaxed. I found myself listening intently to everything he had to say. I couldn't put it down.

I had listened to the entire book the day of its release. I had initially anticipated it being more of a detailed analysis of all of his cases. While he touches on many cases, he doesn't detail all 387. I was left wanting more, although there is no shortage of details regarding what is addressed. Hopefully, this opens the door to a second book. Of course, he spoke of his family and experiences and that enriched the story. It is a memoir, after all.

There is some profanity as well as gruesome details regarding the murders or abuse of children and other assaults. It is not for the faint of heart. He also covers topics like crime scene investigation, interrogation techniques, and his haunting nightmares, among other things that you'll have to give it a listen/read to find out.

As usual, the Lt. tells it how it is and doesn't shy away from anything. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and my largest complaint is that there are no book signings in my area but that's neither here nor there. I'm very pleased with this purchase and you will be too!

Worth the read/listen for anyone fascinated by true crime.

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LT KENDA IS FANTASTIC

I have 28 years in Law Enforcement and also retired. I have to say Lt Kendra is one of the Best Story tellers I have ever heard. He reminds me of a modern day John Wayne in the way he expreesses things.I know alot of people may wander , Can all of them Bizarre stories really happen. The Answer is YES. LT. Kendra makes me proud to have served my life in Law Enforcement. Yes We old timers have the nightmares that bother us and will forever, but we also have times on the Job when we make such a difference in helping people that it makes the nightmares worth it. I recommend this to everyone both New Police Officers and non Police Officers. You will learn what a Veteran Law Man will experience and That all guys with a badge are not Evil racist Thugs. Thank you Lt Kendra for this Book . AMAZING. GLAD YOU READ IT. You have a way of talking I could listen all Day

Kenny W Simmons
Chief of Police ( Retired)
FBI National Academy 210th Session
ACTAR #735

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A must read

You will laugh, cry, cringe and so much more while listening to this book. Joe Kenda is a wonderful human being. What a heart that man has and oh what he gas been through. I hope he writes many more books

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Joe Kenda.

The review title says it. If you enjoy the show Homicide Hunter you will enjoy the book. I feel it is best enjoyed when read by Joe Kenda himself!

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The most enjoyable book I've read in years

This book filled with true and terrible crime turned out to be a great read. I'm so glad that the writer narriated the book himself and included light hearted comments to ease the sadness of the cases he worked. I especially liked his inclusion of his wife and how she managed to keep the marriage together. She, too had a demanding job.

Murder kills more than the immediate victim. Speaking from experence the murderer destroys the entire family along with friendships. There is never just one victim.

My thanks to Dective Kendra for his years of service and for sharing his experiences along with the personal trama of letting go and starting over. Also thanks for a great TV series
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I Heart Kenda!

I'm an all things Joe Kenda addict. Snatched up this book as quickly as possible because I can never get enough. It's better than the TV series. He's much more real and discusses many other parts of his life, which only make me love him more. He has a genuine, down to earth way of telling you the brutal life of an officer and crime. If you are already a fan, stop everything and read this now. If you aren't, it may not be your thing, however, if you like crime mysteries, police procedurals, and/or gritty guys you will like this book.

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A wonderful view into and through the eyes of Lt Joe Kenda

I Purchased this book as an audio book. It is by my standards, the only way to understand it correctly. The voice of Joe Kenda, accents his life and experiences like it could only be done. I will listen to it again I am sure. There is something to be learned and taken away from this mans life experiences. I would strongly recommend bracing yourself. I would go from tears rolling down my face to laughing out loud. An emotional rollercoaster. Very nicely done Joe and thank you so much for sharing your life stories. Would truly enjoy meeting you and just getting another life lesson.

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  • Retired
  • 10-04-17

Outstanding autobiography

An authoritative account of the dark, and bright, side of life. An honest and brave self-evaluation. I especially enjoyed the contrast of working with evil and then special needs kids. Finally, the anecdotal ending (the tank delivery) moved me to tears.

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  • geoff north
  • 10-02-17

Better than the series!

Been in contact with Joe Kenda via e-mail for over 2 years! He sent me a signed pre release hard cover copy! Bought the audio book- just raised the book another level!

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  • Jacqueline
  • 09-04-18

He could sell me a heater in hell

Brilliant book really want more. He made me laugh think and I would love to meet him. He got a very sexy voice and the way he tells a story makes you listen begging for more stories.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-28-18

Great

To hear Joe's story narrated by himself was very interesting, alarming and amusing too, thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-18

A great listen.

A great life story from and experienced and tenacious homocide detective. worth every penny in my opinion.

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  • Bevolicious
  • 07-22-18

Quite frank

loved it so much so listened to it in three sittings ! what an exceptional guy with a tolerant family . It made me laugh out loud it made me tearful and I understand how he ended up with PTSD . UK reader .

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  • Mrs. Bobbie A. Williams
  • 07-07-18

I will find you, by Joe Kenda

The show is recorded so we don’t miss it.loved hearing the book. The man is a legend and his wife is an amazing Lady.

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  • Charlotte
  • 06-11-18

Loved it!

If you like crime investigation this is a must read. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-18

Love Joe but if you’ve heard Detective...

I love true crime and listen to all those podcasts. I also love Joe Kenda’s voice so his narration is wonderful. It isn’t a ongoing litany of gruesome stories, but much more of an autobiography of his career. Obvs, Detective Kenda’s career is interesting and disturbing however, this is more ‘the life of the man’ than the stories. The most striking element is that if you’ve listened to Detective, the podcast, Season 1, you’ve essentially heard 80% of this already which I found disappointing.
He’s wonderful and interesting with a lovely, fireside voice but have heard most of this before - for free.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-10-18

You said it well Kenda

Joe Kenda's book is riveting. Sometimes gruesome. Sometimes laugh out loud. I have to say as a female listener I thought it would be a mild mannered Clark Kent type approach like his show. Hmmm no such thing. In reality (real reality) Joe describes with searing honesty his job. He dispels the myth, legend and 'glamour' of crime. And makes it more fascinating in that there are humans who will commit this horrific stuff to themselves and others and humans like Kenda who have to sort out the aftermath. He pulls no punches delivering picture after picture of various death scenes he has attended over his career. He mixes his story with anecdotal tales from his own family and the impact of his career on them. A very thought provoking human story I stayed with until the end. My thoughts never strayed. I really listened. You said it well Joe

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  • Vanessa Young
  • 09-21-18

If you like True Crime, you will enjoy Joe Kenda.

This book is not for the faint hearted but Joe Kenda is a no nonsense, straight talking retired police detective with some surprising views on life. I enjoyed hearing his story very much and I hope he writes another book about his career as a police officer.

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  • Adam Webb
  • 07-01-18

Legendary detective and his story

If you’ve worked in Kenda’s occupation for a lengthy period of time, it’s a tough book to listen to at times. Graphic recollections of incidents aren’t the really scary parts of this book. Rather it’s the long term impact it has on kenda and cops just like him. Kenda is a committed man of the law who sees it as a genuine struggle to bring down the bad guys. His commitment is undeniable and nor are his results. I’m stunned at the number of murders in Colorado Springs. I’m stunned at the number of autopsies kenda went to.

I highly rate this book. Some of the time when an author narrates their own work the outcome isn’t the best but kenda nails it from start to finish.

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  • Lala
  • 03-03-18

Loved It!

Kendall is a brilliant story teller and a great example of what a man should be. I hope to embody the same calm that he has. I LOVE YOU JOE KENDA

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  • Lynda
  • 10-22-17

I knew it was going to be the best book ever!!<br />

Have watched Homicide Hunter so I knew it was going to be great.
Thanks Joe

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  • Elba
  • 10-18-17

A Real Human

You are such a very faithful soul and your wife & children equally amazing. Thank you for letting us into your world and for all your truthful accounts of the experiences you endured. I hope you have peace in your lives forever more. Bless you all.

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  • Tekima Wiland
  • 10-02-17

I was Hooked

I loved that Det. Kenda narrated this book himself, as it truly felt like he was simply telling me a story, not just reading from a script or book. The story was engaging, interesting, thrilling, horrifying, heartwarming and felt incredibly raw with emotion. I could not stop listening. Shy of Sherlock actual Holmes, this is the man I would want on my case if I ever needed it. ❤❤❤❤❤