Book Update: Dare I Call It Murder? #2: Amazon’s Hot New Releases

Two weeks since the release of my book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, and I want to thank you all for the tremendous support you’ve shown, from your well wishes, to kind words, to purchasing the book.

As I said earlier, this is bittersweet, but I am, for the moment, buoyant and encouraged by the response so far. However, as we in mountain-man historical reenactment circles know first hand, there is also the phenomenon of “flash in the pan.” Whether this momentum sustains itself remains to be seen.

Amazon_hot_new_releases_2For now, though, I will savor the immediate successes:

  • amazon_best_sellers_13It had risen as high as #6 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Biographies & Memoirs late last week, just below Ernest Hemingway, and as of this morning stood at the #13 spot, sandwiched between Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson.

The response to the book is gratifying, because I intend to donate a portion of the revenue to the Survivors of Violent Loss Program. That said, a psychotherapist told me last week that what’s most important is that my story is reaching people whose lives will be positively impacted by it. They will know they are not alone, and it may give them the courage to tell their own stories as survivors of violent loss.

“That is the best gift you can give,” she said

Even so, I want to contribute to the program. It’s the least I can do for what the program has done for me.

Kind Words

Thank you, as well, to those you who have read the book and offered such kind words in your emails and in the reviews posted online.

Here are some typical responses:

Day and a half read….. an imperative…… haunting imagery, brutally raw, exquisitely portrayed, emotionally draining. Thank You. —Captwgn

I started Dare I Call It Murder? about 3:00 P.M. yesterday, wanting to fill a rather quiet Sunday. At 12:30 A.M., after reaching the last page, I could finally lay down the book and just sit there, thinking. —Ruth Wallace

I finished the book at midnight last night (Thanks for that).  It was riveting and I couldn’t quit until I read it all.  —Ina Denny

It is, to use an overworked phrase, a page-turner. I promise you won’t put it down until you get past the Epilogue.  —Milt Burgess

I just finished reading your book. I did it in three “seatings.” It was very hard to put down.  It was very moving, and I can only imagine how frustrating and saddening it must have been, and still is, for you.  —Hank Hiskes

More comments at: Kind Words

Book Reviews at

For Sale Worldwide

For me, a fascinating aspect of this is where the book is now for sale: Not only in the U.S. and Canada, but Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom—even Japan and Poland.

Don’t ask me to explain it. I can’t.

Interest in the book is growing, with inquires coming from around the country and around the world—from New York to New Zealand, France to Fiji. Vegas to Vanuatu. (Yes, Vanuatu—that’s your geography lesson for the day.)

Book Clubs / Discussion Groups

I’ve been approached by book clubs, and some people have asked me about discussion groups for the book. If you’re interested, contact me, and I’ll see what can be arranged—perhaps online as well as in-person.

Book signings (with any luck, more to come)

San Diego area

Warwick’s (La Jolla) — Sunday, Sept. 22, Noon – 2 p.m.

Seattle area

Eagle Harbor Book Co. (Bainbridge Island) — Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.

Third Place Books (Lake Forest Park) — Saturday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

More to come as the journey continues . . .

About Polishing Your Prose

Larry M Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, editor and publishing consultant. He is the author of three books, and has edited dozens of nonfiction and fiction book manuscripts. Under Wigeon Publishing, he has produced six books. As author, "Dare I Call It Murder? A Memoir of Violent Loss" won First Place in the San Diego Book Awards in 2012 (unpublished memoir) and 2014, Best Published Memoir. The book has also been nominated for a number of awards, including: Pulitzer Prize, Benjamin Franklin Award, Washington State Book Award, and One Book, One San Diego. As Editor, "Murder Survivor’s Handbook: Real-Life Stories, Tips & Resources" won the Gold Award in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Self-Help. For a sample edit and cost estimate, contact Larry: larry [at] larryedwards [dot] com -- -- --
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2 Responses to Book Update: Dare I Call It Murder? #2: Amazon’s Hot New Releases

  1. susanpjames says:

    Hope this momentum continues for a long time but for now, this great start must be most fulfilling in a personal sense. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  2. Linda says:

    Larry, you’ve come on a long, harrowing journey. I see joy and fulfillment on the rest of your journey. You certainly deserve it.

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