Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Book

Normally I am elated when a book of mine comes out.  I must admit, however, I feel rather bitter-sweet about this, my most recent effort.  The book describes how the happy young family above was broken apart by the inexplicable actions of one man.  Denise Lee (above, with husband Nate and son, Noah), wanted nothing more in this world than to be a happy wife, a caring mother and a simple homemaker.  I find it very sad, and confusing, that someone so sweet, so simple, so unselfish, should be taken in such a cruel, heartless and totally senseless fashion. 

From the back cover:

Denise Amber Lee was an anomaly. Married at 18, a mother at 19, a settled-in housewife at 20. At a time and in a place where many Florida females her age were into tattoos, drinking and spring breaks, Denise had invested in her husband, her children, her home. The pride of her father, Sergeant Rick Goff of the local sheriff's department, Denise was the daughter, wife and mother we all dream of: Thoughtful, intelligent, kind, caring. Then one afternoon in 2008 a 36-year-old stranger walked through Denise's door and everything ended. There was no warning, no hint, no clue; it was, very simply, a random act of evil. . . .

Denise did everything right. She fought valiantly. She never once gave up. She did everything humanly possible to save herself. . . . But an ill wind was blowing over Toledo Blade that fateful day and a perfect storm of mistakes conspired against the young woman. What followed would shock a nation.

"It was bad enough that it happened at all--the horrible thing. But it was doubly shocking for a West Florida community that no one was able to stop it.  On Jan. 17, 2008, a young mother named Denise Amber Lee was abducted from her home, driven down busy roads, winding through residential neighborhoods, in broad daylight, screaming for her life."  
---Dennis Murphy, MSNBC Dateline 

"There are crimes so heinous, with guilt so certain, that they melt opposition to the death penalty." 
---Sarasota (FL) Herald Tribune

“It just scares people.  We are drawn towards stories like this that scare us.  It could happen to anybody.”  
 ---Derek Byrd, Criminal Defense Attorney

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