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GARY'S TRUE CRIME BOOKS / YA NOVELS (9-13) / NOVELS / BIOGRAPHIES

 

TRUE CRIME


All of Gary's best-selling true crime books were optioned or developed for movies. 

 

Fatal Dosage: The True Story of a Nurse on Trial for Murder

(Bantam; Crossroad Press)

Following doctor's orders, Ann Capute administered unrestricted doses of morphine as a humane antidote to the unbearable suffering of a dying patient.  She is one dedicated nurse battling against the vast influence of the medical establishment.  A true story of courage, drama, and penetrating suspense.  (Made into the CBS TV film, Fatal Judgment, starring Patty Duke.)

 

Finder: The True Story of a Private Investigator

(Crown; Crossroad Press)

Marilyn Greene, self-taught sleuth, was known as "The Number One Finder of Missing Persons".  Gary's book drew actresses to Marilyn's "strong woman" role--including Jessica Lange, Cher, Sally Field, Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandan and Kathleen Turner. 

 

Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under The Influence

(Pocket Books; Crossroad Press)

She was a hard-working, cheerful waitress at the IHOP.  One of the nicest people you'd ever want to know. But she loved too much.  Drank too much.  And ended up being the first woman in South Florida to be sentenced to the Electric Chair.

 

Perfect Husband: The True Story of the Trusting Bride Who Discovered Her Husband Was a Coldblooded Killer.

(Pocket Books; Crossroad Press) 

An intruder's bullet brought their storybook marriage to a shattering end, revealing a tangled web of greed and depravity that shook the city of Daytona Beach to its core.

 

Into Their Own Hands

(Bantam Books; Crossroad Press)

Shocking True Stories of Citizens Who Took The Law . . . Stories of ordinary citizens who become victims of crimes and don't only get mad -- they get even. A thought-provoking look at the American criminal justice system.

 

Across The Border: The True Story of the Satanic Cult Killings

in Matamoros, Mexico

(Pocket Books; Crossroad Press)

College students on Spring Break.  And the most hideous mass murder since Helter Skelteri.

Exposes the grisly details of this brutal cult—and reveals how such an atrocity could happen today.

 

How to Write and Sell True Crime.

(Writer's Digest Books; Crossroad Press)

THE book that takes you step-by-step through the process of crafting your true dramatic story into compelling, pubishable shape for commercial success.

 

 


YA NOVELS (9-13)

 


The Pork Chop War

(Bradbury Press/Macmillan; Crossroad Press)

'Parent's Choice', and 'Children's Choice' Awards

Three brothers and four pork chops make for trouble.  As Brian sees it, there are too many brothers and not enough chops.

 

Good If It Goes (by Gary and Gail)

(Bradbury Press/Macmillan; Crossroad Press)

1985 National Jewish Book Award Winner for Children's Literature

David Newman's approaching bar-mitzvah date is more than a rite of passage—it's a comedy routine.

 

Popcorn (by Gary and Gail)

(Bradbury Press/Macmillan; Crossroad Press)

Twelve-year-old Mark Newman, Popcorn's leader and keyboardist, has dreamed or a recording contract for so long it seems real.  Missy, on drums, and Richard, on guitar—are not so sure.

 

David and Max (by Gary and Gail)

(Jewish Publication Society)

National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Children's Literature

Newbery Honor Nominee

Skipping Stones Honor Award - Multi-Cultural Awareness

During a routine trip for ice cream, Max is certain he's uncovered a connection to an old friend he believed had died long ago. The duo set out to find the elusive man.  Along the way David learns the truth about his beloved grandfather's painful experiences during the Holocaust. 

  

 


ADULT FICTION:

 


Baffled In Boston

(Berkley Crime; Crossroad Press)

Burned-out true-crime writer Scotty Scotland has been abandoned by his wife, ordered to give up coffee by his doctor, and--according to his latest review--give up writing as well.  But when his best friend, a beloved nationally syndicated advice columnist, is murdered he must get back into life--and enter a contest to replace her-- in order to find the killer.

 

The Dorchester Gas Tank

(Fedora Books; Crossroad Press)

This is the book that launched Gary's freelance career. Not for the faint of heart. Irreverent, satirical look at just about everything. Gave new meaning to Self-Publishing...

 

Share The Dream

(Silhouette Romance; Crossroad Press)

Gary's Cape Cod story about male/female relationships, including friendships.  Written under pseudonym Marian Chase.

 

100 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing With Style and Power

A complete course in writing — simplified, of course, because Gary's the guy who "wrote the book". Since its 1985 publication, this gem has been a treasured little handbook. Designed for both instant reference and cover-to-cover reading.




MAKE EVERY WORD COUNT

Considered by many writers as their "Bible" for both fiction and nonfiction. Topics include: style, use of jargon, avoiding cliches, tone, intention, characterization, credibility, description, dialogue, viewpoints, and many more. Gary guides you to speak to the reader in his or her own language and control their reaction. It's about writing that works!  <b>Timeless!</b>





BEYOND STYLE: Mastering the Finer Points of Writing

To write like a pro, you must reach beyond the classroom basics of composition, get a grip on the more complex concepts, and learn how to create books, articles, and stories that move—not only from the editor’s desk to the bookstore, but also in the minds of your readers. Gary helps you tackle that tough task. Here you’ll touch the soul of fine fiction and nonfiction. You’ll explore the intangibles: the relationships between form and content, proportion and pacing, slant and theme. And you’ll gain a new perspective on how words work together. (A favorite!)


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HOW TO TELL A STORY: The Secrets of Writing Captivating Tales


Drawing on Gary's proven philosophies, and based on Gary's intensive WRITERS RETREAT WORKSHOP course, Peter Rubie examines every facet of storytelling, from narrative hooks to fulfilling climaxes. Through advice, exercises, and an outstanding array of examples, you learn to create gripping narratives powered by strong characters. Discover secrets of sequencing, weaving subplots into rich stories, manipulating story pace to increase conflict, tension, and surprise. And so much more!




HOW TO WRITE AND SELL TRUE CRIME


Fascinated by unusual crime stories? Want to know how to determine which stories have book potential? And how you can ferret out the details, the motives, and the psychological dramas that make up these crimes?

Here, Gary walks you through the entire process. From headlines depicting an unthinkable crime in a local community, a skilled writer can weave a full-length book--developing the characters, determining the motives, reporting on the judgment.

You'll learn exactly how to weave novelistic and the journalistic techniques together into a tapestry, which, ideally, will appear to have been done the only way possible.



THE FREELANCE WRITER’S HANDBOOK


Gary was one of the nation's leading, most beloved writing instructors, and a highly versatile, productive freelance writer. No wonder an agent had contacted him to write this handbook. Contains a wealth of timeless information and wisdom on leads, query letters, markets and making money from your writing. (For new writers, this book will shed light on how "things" in publishing used to be before technology changes took hold. In some ways, quite a lot. In others? Not so much.)

ACROSS THE BORDER

An account of the 1989 horrific murder of Texas college student Mark Kilroy and twelve others. Evidence suggest they were human sacrifices by a satanic cult in Matamoros, Mexico. (One of the earliest "instant" true crime paperbacks by publisher, Dutton.)




BAFFLED IN BOSTON


Gary's comic mystery novel, to have been the first of a series, contracted with Bantam Books. About burned-out true-crime writer Scotty Scotland who has been abandoned by his wife, ordered to give up coffee by his doctor, and (according to his latest review), should also give up writing while he's at it. But when his best friend Molly, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, is murdered, Scotty must get out of his pajamas and into action to find the killer.

(Inspired by Gary's true-life experience of being one of seven finalists in the Chicago Sun Times' national search to replace advice columnist Ann Landers.)

(This was his final work of fiction.)

(Now in production to be an Audible Book.)

FINDER: THE TRUE STORY OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR

Hailed by Esquire as one of the "men and women under forty who are changing the face of America," Marilyn Greene's story is riveting true adventure. Here is the compelling account of how she uses her instincts and her experience to find "hopelessly lost" individuals; surprising techniques about how and where to look for missing persons; and the tools of her trade, from specially trained dogs to publicly available directories and maps. FINDER is an invaluable resource on missing-person cases — and spellbinding reading.




David and Max


Highly-acclaimed as an"instant classic." Twelve-year-old David takes his basketball along on summer vacation, hoping to find a court and some friends at the beach community. Whatever happens, he knows he can count on Max, his grandfather, for good times and lots of laughs. He finds much more. Unexpectedly, David and Max, along with David’s new friend Candy, become caught up in a search for a man Max thought had died in the Holocaust. Slowly, David learns about Max’s terrible years during World War II, information that Max had never intended to tell. As he comes to terms with Max’s horrific memories, David grows to understand more about the meaning of honesty—and about himself.

THE DORCHESTER GAS TANK

This is the book that launched Gary's freelance career.  Not for the faint of heart.  Irreverent, satirical look at just about everything.  Gave new meaning to Self-Publishing...  

BOGART: IN SEARCH OF MY FATHER

Combining the drama of Humphrey Bogart’s life with that of a son whose path of reconciliation first had to move through a very difficult time, this is biography at its best—at once a loving tribute and a fascinating revelation. This ebook edition includes photographs directly from Stephen Bogart's personal collection.