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The New York Times–bestselling author’s pioneering true crime classic: It’s “Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood turned inside out” (Newsweek).

During an armed robbery in 1974, five hostages were held in the basement of a small home-audio store in Ogden, Utah, by a group of enlisted US Air Force airmen stationed at a nearby base. The victims—including wife and mother Carol Naisbitt—were brutally tortured, shot in the head, and left for dead. Yet somehow, Carol’s sixteen-year-old son made it out alive—and “the emotional strain his family underwent during his year-long hospitalization, is the heart of Kinder’s story” (Kirkus Reviews).

In Victim, the first true crime book to go beyond the headlines and tell story of love, loss, courage, and survival, “the crime in question becomes not merely something that happened to somebody else somewhere else, but rather an event that touches us all firsthand and very deeply.” A compelling and tragic look at how lives can be changed forever by a random act of violence, it remains one of the most influential books in the victims’ rights movement and has become required reading for trainees at the FBI Academy at Quantico (Boston Herald).

Gary Kinder

Gary Kinder is the author of the true crime classic, Victim: The Other Side of Murder (1980), Light Years: An Investigation into the Extraterrestrial Experiences of Eduard Meier (1987), and the New York Times bestseller, Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea (1998). Since 1988, Kinder has taught legal writing to lawyers and judges throughout the United States. In 2012, Kinder founded the software company WordRake. The company’s eponymous software is an automated editing program that suggests changes to improve brevity and clarity. He has also worked as a consultant, delivering seminars on legal writing at law firms and corporate legal department. Kinder has also created popular training programs for the American Bar Association.