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Up and Coming New Indie Author Dennis Fleming Writes a Heart Rending True Crime

After almost three decades and despite drugs, alcohol, depression, attempted suicide, and failed marriages, author writes evolution between violence and closure over death of sister by serial killer

Ballwin, MO, March 11, 2009 --( Through a combination of solid journalism and introspective reflection Dennis Fleming weaves an intricate story filled with sadness, anger, and even humor about his attempts to cope with the greatest tragedy he’d ever known—then successfully publishes it himself?

Mr. Fleming published his memoir, “She Had No Enemies” (August 2008) ISBN: 143823144X through CreateSpace—an POD company—designing the cover and layout himself. The book, an intensely personal story about how the author turned the death of his sister by serial killer Anthony J. LaRette into a positive force, is available at in paperback ($14.99) and in Amazon’s new Kindle reader ($4.79).

“My youngest sister, Mickey, has been eighteen for more than twenty-five years now. That’s how old she was in the summer of 1980—when he murdered her. Anthony J. LaRette, Jr. was from out of town. We’d find out later, much later, that he was also a serial killer.”

So begins Dennis Fleming’s intensely personal story about the murder of his youngest sister, a life-affirming story about one man’s twenty-five-year search for meaning and fulfillment in the face of a devastating situation.

From the shocking details of Mickey’s murder and his subsequent suicide attempt to the mixed feelings he experienced as he witnessed LaRette’s execution, Dennis delves deeply into the complex process of coming to grips with Mickey’s death—and of eventually finding forgiveness in his heart for her killer. It is a story free of the fictional embellishments of true crime novels and made more captivating because of it.

Turning tragedy into personal growth and development is an important message to people who are struggling with not only grief or depression but with the issue of who they really are.

The story is not a work of genre true crime, although it began with a horrible murder. It is not political, unless you consider that the author watched the execution of the man who murdered his sister and still does not condone the death penalty, at least not for serial killers.

One reviewer described the book as “... the most heart-rending work of nonfiction that I have read in years. In his sharp depiction of personal emotional loss, Fleming has crafted a work which I regard almost as memorable as Frank McCourt's 'Angela's Ashes' in its brutal exploration of the author's own heroic odyssey to emerge psychologically anew out of the psychological wilderness created by his sister's murder.”—John Kwok, NY.

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