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The PickAxe Killers_cover_smallFrom R. Barri Flowers, award winning criminologist and internationally bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, comes a riveting new true crime short, THE PICKAXE KILLERS.

Having written about hundreds of notable murders in his bestselling true crime book, MURDERS IN THE UNITED STATES: Crimes, Killer and Victims of the Twentieth Century, one case that stood out to Flowers for its sheer brutality as well as shocking aftermath was that of Karla Faye Tucker and Daniel Garrett, who used a pickaxe to hack to death two people.

In this 8000 word tale of revenge, murder, substance abuse, betrayal, and redemption, the author gets to the root of the violent crime that effectively ended four lives and gripped the entire country as its sordid details and shocking twists and turns played out over fifteen years.

Bonus material includes a complete true crime short story on equally infamous Canadian serial killers Karla Homolka and Paul Bernardo from his true crime bestseller, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, and excerpts from his internationally bestselling true crime book, THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, about scary husband and wife serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego and the sex slave fantasies that fueled their murder spree.

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THE PICKAXE KILLERS is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords.


“The Pickaxe Killers is a model of exposition not to be missed by anyone interested in the annals of American criminal behavior.” –Jim Ingraham, Ph.D., professor emeritus of American Studies at Bryant Universit

“Selected as one of Suspense Magazine’s Best of 2011 books.” — John Raab, CEO/Publisher on THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS

“A gripping account of the murders committed by husband-and-wife serial killers Gerald and Charlene Gallego.” –Gary C. King, author of Blood Lust on THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS

“R. Barri Flowers always relates an engrossing story.” –Robert Scott, author of The Last Time We Saw Her on THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS

“Striking, well-written tales sparkle in this ocean of murder.” –Diane Fanning, author of Mommy’s Little Girl on MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME

“Exhaustively researched, each storyteller brings their own unique prose to these pages, creating what will soon become a true crime classic.” –Kevin M. Sullivan, author of The Bundy Murders on MASTERS OF TUE CRIME

“This book should be a mandatory purchase and read for any true-crime buff.” —Steven A. Egger, PhD, associate professor on MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME

“Incredible cases, psychopathic killers, unwitting victims, along with the very best writers, make for an exciting, no-holds-barred, soon-to-be true-crime classic.” —Dan Zupansky, host of True Murder on MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME

“An indispensable sourcebook for anyone interested in American homicide, from law-enforcement professionals to armchair criminologists.” —Harold Schechter, author of The Serial Killer Files on THE DYNAMICS OF MURDER

“Vivid case studies of murder to complement this well researched criminology text.”—Scott Bonn, Ph.D., criminology professor on THE DYNAMICS OF MURDER


R. Barri Flowers is an award winning criminologist and bestselling author of more than sixty books, including true crime, criminology, thriller fiction, and young adult mysteries. True crime titles include THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS, SERIAL KILLER COUPLES, and a highly praised anthology, MASTERS OF TRUE CRIME.


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