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If Looks Could Kill

M. William Phelps

ISBN 9780786017843
Publish Date 3/4/2008
Format Paperback
Categories True Crime, Pinnacle

"A great true crime story . . . . Readers will feel the effects of Phelps’ skill from beginning to end.” —Stephen Singular

Big and brash, Jeff Zack didn’t hide his rough lifestyle. And when he died, it was in plain sight: executed in the parking lot of a BJ’s Wholesale Club in Akron, Ohio, by a motorcycle-riding assassin dressed in black.

“Phelps uses a unique combination of investigative skills and narrative insight to give readers an exclusive, insider’s look.” —Anne Bremner

Jeff Zack’s murder stunned investigators—but then, so did his life. A long list of people might have had reasons to want Zack dead, including the loyal wife he had humiliated and the wealthy nightclub owner whose wife—a blond, hard-bodied beauty queen—he openly dated. But the truth would get even stranger…

“Phelps is a first-rate investigator.” —Dr. Michael M. Baden

In this shocking true story of adultery, mind games, lies, wealth and sexual liaisons in upscale Middle America, true-crime master M. William Phelps tells the astounding story of a man who loved the wrong woman—and was brutally murdered by a killer with the deadliest possible motive of all…

Includes 16 Pages Of Shocking Photos

Investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the author of Perfect Poison, Every Move You Make, Lethal Guardian, Sleep in Heavenly Peace, and Murder in the Heartland. He has appeared on dozens of national radio and television programs, including Good Morning America, Court TV, The Discovery Channel, Geraldo at Large and Montel Williams, and has consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community with his wife and children. He can be reached at www.crimerant.com and at www.mwilliamphelps.com.

About M. William Phelps:

Serial killer expert, lecturer and acclaimed investigative journalist M. William Phelps is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of 26 nonfiction books and a serial killer thriller, The Dead Soul.

Winner of 2008 New England Book Festival Award for I’ll Be Watching You, and the Excellence in Journalism award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his Connecticut Magazine article “Blonde, Blue-eyed & Gone,” Phelps has appeared on CBS’s “Early Show,” The Discovery Channel, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The View,” TLC, BIO, History Channel, Geraldo At Large, Oxygen’s “Snapped,” “Killer Couples,” and “Captured,” USA Radio Network, Catholic Radio, ABC News Radio and Radio America, which calls him “the nation’s leading authority on the mind of the female murderer.”

He’s written for the Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Connecticut Magazine, and the New London Day. Profiled in such noted publications as Writer's Digest, NY Daily News, Newsday, Albany Times-Union, Hartford Courant, and NY Post, Phelps has also consulted for the Showtime cable television series Dexter. He lives in a small Connecticut farming community and can be reached at his author Website, www.mwilliamphelps.com.

Look for Phelps’s television series on Investigation Discovery, “Dark Minds,” focusing on his travels investigating unsolved serial killer cases—with one remarkable twist: Phelps uses a killer on the inside (in the fashion of Silence of the Lambs) to help him along the way! Check local listings. Also see Phelps on the smash hit Investigation Discovery long-running series “Deadly Women.”


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