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I Will Find You

Solving Killer Cases from My Life Fighting Crime
Written by: Joe Kenda
Narrated by: Joe Kenda
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Lt. Joe Kenda, star of Homicide Hunter, shares his deepest, darkest, and never before revealed case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective.

Are you horrified yet fascinated by abhorrent murders? Do you crave to know the gory details of these crimes, and do you seek comfort in the solving of the most gruesome?

In I Will Find You, the star of Homicide Hunter, Lt. Joe Kenda, shares his deepest, darkest, and never-before-revealed case files from his two decades as a homicide detective and reminds us that crimes like these are very real and can happen even in our own backyards.

Gruesome, macabre, and complex cases.

Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.

The tales in I Will Find You will shock you like the best horror stories - divulging insights into the actions, motivations, and proclivities of nature's most dangerous species.

Don't mind the blood.

©2017 Joe Kenda (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Joe Kenda: Cop, Author and Orator Extrordinaire

I first listened to this about a week-10 days ago. I've already listened to it twice since then. Loved watching Homicide Hunter. I find Lt. Kenda to be such an eloquent speaker. I love listening to him. though it's a book about serious crimes, his voice is soothing enough to put me to sleep...the only thing is I might fight it because I like his stories. He regales in a manner of seriousness, but can create a chuckle here and there at appropriate times. It was a surprise to hear him curse and use F-bombs, but it was tasteful and comedic and therefore, refreshing and no way offensive. His story is unlike any I've heard. He is one that could be considered an asset to the his city and mankind. I have always been into true-crime stories, and at times as a kid wanted to be a big cop in a big city. I missed my calling. This book sort of puts me into that fantasy of crime solving and catching the bad guy. He has caught many bad guys and helped lots of people, mostly at the expense of family time and emotional turmoil with nightmares and ptsd later in his life. He speaks of his family with great pride, value and respect. It would be an Honor to know them. I recommend this book to anyone with interest in crime and law enforcement, great storytelling...

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Real talk from a real cop! Couldn't put it down!

Thank you Kathy for nagging Joe to write this book! I absolutely loved it! The stories were raw and sometimes gruesome, sometimes involving horrific acts against children. Joe Kenda tells it like it is, but there were times I found myself laughing because of his dry cop humor. A really great read for fans of his show "Homicide Hunter".

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Excellent, Exciting and Endearing

I really enjoyed this audiobook mainly because it felt like Joe was sitting in the same room with me sharing his life experiences. This book showed a different side to Mr. Kenda or should I say sides...Joe's wife is an amazing, patient and compassionate person ( mandatory characteristics in order to survive being married to the homicide hunter..imo) If you are jonesing for more of Joe Kenda this book is definitely your next fix! No spoilers...except I will say this...have kleenex ready for the last 5 min of this audiobook. I was left smiling and feeling oh so satisfied with my Joe Kenda fix! Joe please write another book 🙏

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Joe Kenda is outstanding.

Hilarious & heartbreaking. Mr. Kenda's intelligent take on traumatic events is soothing, shocking, & entertaining.

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Greatest audio book I've ever listened to.

Awesome to hear in great detail the trials and tribulations of a homicide detective. Kenda bares his soul in this memoir.

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Truly entertaining and addicting to listen to

I have enjoyed homicide Hunter a lot and love Joe Kenda. When I realized he was narrating his own book I had to get it. I could not stop listening to it and finished too quickly. I love Kenda's cop humor and I honestly enjoy listening to his voice. I hope he writes another!

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My favourite book of the year!!!

Being a fan of the show I decided to give this a try even though I was not a fan of audio books... And then Lt. Kenda came on board and changed my mind!!!
The stories might be something you've heard before but Kenda's narrative makes all the difference in the world. My only dissatisfaction is that is not 50 hours longer!

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A must read. Perfect for Joe Kenda fans.

loved it. great book!! His stories are so interesting. Will be reading/listening again for sure.

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  • Somewhat crazy dog lady
  • 2017-09-27

Typical Kenda! Veryv

As a long standing fan of his TV show I bought both the Kindle book and the Audible Book. This is Kenda at his best. Several of his stories i recognized the TV episode. Many of his stories i recognized them from news coverage. I live in Denver area and so many made the local news here. I must admit that I have a school girl crush on the actor who portrays him in the TV series. Would like to read more about his private life and his wife, Kathy. She obviously spent a lot of time waiting for him to come home each day. Kenda is definitely one of a kind and a dedicated law enforcement officer. He solved more than he didn't. A cop"s cop. If you are a fan of his series you'll love this book. I'm very pleased that he has narrated the book himself.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • miramar, FL United States
  • 2017-11-01

I Heart Kenda!

I'm an all things Joe Kenda addict. Snatched up this book as quickly as possible because I can never get enough. It's better than the TV series. He's much more real and discusses many other parts of his life, which only make me love him more. He has a genuine, down to earth way of telling you the brutal life of an officer and crime. If you are already a fan, stop everything and read this now. If you aren't, it may not be your thing, however, if you like crime mysteries, police procedurals, and/or gritty guys you will like this book.

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  • james
  • Modesto, CA, United States
  • 2017-10-10

a rough read

as the son of a police officer who took his own life after 23 years on the job this was the first book that helped me recovery from his last day. if you want to know what a cop and his have to put up with read this book

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  • Kenneth W Simmons
  • 2017-10-04

LT KENDA IS FANTASTIC

I have 28 years in Law Enforcement and also retired. I have to say Lt Kendra is one of the Best Story tellers I have ever heard. He reminds me of a modern day John Wayne in the way he expreesses things.I know alot of people may wander , Can all of them Bizarre stories really happen. The Answer is YES. LT. Kendra makes me proud to have served my life in Law Enforcement. Yes We old timers have the nightmares that bother us and will forever, but we also have times on the Job when we make such a difference in helping people that it makes the nightmares worth it. I recommend this to everyone both New Police Officers and non Police Officers. You will learn what a Veteran Law Man will experience and That all guys with a badge are not Evil racist Thugs. Thank you Lt Kendra for this Book . AMAZING. GLAD YOU READ IT. You have a way of talking I could listen all Day

Kenny W Simmons
Chief of Police ( Retired)
FBI National Academy 210th Session
ACTAR #735

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  • Hensel427
  • 2017-09-27

Worth the listen!

I bought both the hardcover and the audio book. I wasn't given anything by the publisher or anyone else to write this review nor a discount of any kind. I hate those reviews because I always felt it skewed the ratings. This Is an unbiased review from a customer (myself) who has no obligation, affiliation or connection with the story other than having purchased the book.

I saw a commercial for Homicide Hunter and determined that I wasn't interested in watching. Yet one day, Investigation Discovery was on the T.V. and I was preoccupied doing something else while Homicide Hunter was ongoing in the background since I hadn't yet changed the channel. I found that I had rushed to judgment and found myself glued to the story. As I listened to Lt. Kenda, I felt as though I was listening to stories from an intelligent man who reminded me of a grandfather figure. He can seem a bit dry or cold at first but has a good sense of humor, and is very wise, not to mention passionate about his former work as a policeman. I became an instant fan.

The audio book is read by Lt. Kenda and has the same feeling of the show. If you watch the show, Lt. doesn't use a script, so for the first chapter, it sounded unusually rehearsed. However, as he proceeded to speak about his life, it became more relaxed. I found myself listening intently to everything he had to say. I couldn't put it down.

I had listened to the entire book the day of its release. I had initially anticipated it being more of a detailed analysis of all of his cases. While he touches on many cases, he doesn't detail all 387. I was left wanting more, although there is no shortage of details regarding what is addressed. Hopefully, this opens the door to a second book. Of course, he spoke of his family and experiences and that enriched the story. It is a memoir, after all.

There is some profanity as well as gruesome details regarding the murders or abuse of children and other assaults. It is not for the faint of heart. He also covers topics like crime scene investigation, interrogation techniques, and his haunting nightmares, among other things that you'll have to give it a listen/read to find out.

As usual, the Lt. tells it how it is and doesn't shy away from anything. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and my largest complaint is that there are no book signings in my area but that's neither here nor there. I'm very pleased with this purchase and you will be too!

Worth the read/listen for anyone fascinated by true crime.

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  • Loren P.
  • 2017-10-01

A wonderful view into and through the eyes of Lt Joe Kenda

I Purchased this book as an audio book. It is by my standards, the only way to understand it correctly. The voice of Joe Kenda, accents his life and experiences like it could only be done. I will listen to it again I am sure. There is something to be learned and taken away from this mans life experiences. I would strongly recommend bracing yourself. I would go from tears rolling down my face to laughing out loud. An emotional rollercoaster. Very nicely done Joe and thank you so much for sharing your life stories. Would truly enjoy meeting you and just getting another life lesson.

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  • Marianne
  • United States
  • 2017-11-02

The most enjoyable book I've read in years

This book filled with true and terrible crime turned out to be a great read. I'm so glad that the writer narriated the book himself and included light hearted comments to ease the sadness of the cases he worked. I especially liked his inclusion of his wife and how she managed to keep the marriage together. She, too had a demanding job.

Murder kills more than the immediate victim. Speaking from experence the murderer destroys the entire family along with friendships. There is never just one victim.

My thanks to Dective Kendra for his years of service and for sharing his experiences along with the personal trama of letting go and starting over. Also thanks for a great TV series
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  • Melissa
  • 2017-09-30

A must read

You will laugh, cry, cringe and so much more while listening to this book. Joe Kenda is a wonderful human being. What a heart that man has and oh what he gas been through. I hope he writes many more books

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  • Steve Horwitz
  • US
  • 2017-10-01

A GREAT LISTEN - OUTSTANDING!

I am a lover of true crime books. I WILL FIND YOU gives the listener a very rare intimacy with the author. This is one of my favorite true crime books I have in my library. It was impossible for me to put it down.

I have never watched the television show or heard of Joe Kenda before this listen. (No media influence here) Kenda is not only an excellent story teller, but a fun humorist. If I had the chance to meet an author in this genre, Mr. Kenda would be at the top of my list. If you want to know more about the horrifying human condition including the strange hard to believe behaviors people are capable of DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK NOW! It is not for listeners that have queasy stomachs...very gory at times, but also extremely funny. For those that have a strange sense of humor and a love for true crime stories, this book is for you. I loved it! Steve

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  • Pharmacist
  • Colorado Springs, CO, United States
  • 2018-12-08

It grew on me ...

Not ever seeing Lt. Kenda's television show, I was not sure what to expect nor did I have any prior bias. But 'true detective' stories are intriguing and as someone who lived in Colorado Springs, I just had to give it a listen. It was a difficult as Lt. Kenda's story telling style with his cadence, inflections, and language (sarcasm) interfered with the stories ... in the beginning. I persevered since the stories were based in the Front Range and then ... he grew on me. By the end, I wished the book was longer and I hope there is another in the works. I now may have to start watching his TV series.

Thank you, Lt. Kenda, for your service and making Colorado Springs safer.

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