I have an affair every evening on Crime and Investigation channel and his name is Joe… My partner laughs that I love Kenda more than him! Another love of mine is Crime shows and Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, is the star of the one of my favourite crime documentary series Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda. In this book, Kenda shares his deepest, darkest, thoughts and case throughout his 19 years as a homicide detective.
Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. In this book Kenda details the cases that (some of these are episodes now) are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and cases where the killer got away. Chapters include:
* “Every City has an Underbelly” highlighting that in every beautiful city they experience an underlayer of deadly violence.
* “I Talk to Dead People” an insight into Kenda’s approaches to a crime scene investigation
* “Honey I’m Home, Don’t Mind the Blood” where detective work is brought home and the consequences of this.
* “Crimes I Can’t Talk about on TV” where Kenda shares the most gruesome, macabre or complex cases.
I read this book on my kindle and throughout I could hear Kenda talk, the writing style managed to keep Kenda’s dry and witty humour as colourful as it is on the screen. The book style is very matter of fact, just like the man with a dose of emotional rawness that is even more evident than on the TV show. The book manages to take a more in depth look at how the crimes effected and still effect Kenda. With a chapter dedicated to life after homicide and how the violence, offenders and the victims are still in his mind to this day. He openly talks about his PTSD in a way that shows how just talking about it is not only revealing about Kenda to the reader but to himself.
The recollections that Kenda makes in this book will not necessarily shock avid Homicide Hunter fans, yet, will continue to entertain like Kenda can. For me the most the best part of the book is the narrative about the man behind the badge. I felt I knew more about Kenda – he is now more than a homicide detective. He is a man with not only morals, but a man who has been a dream catcher, who has the nightmares, that we never want to dream.
Five out of five stars!
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