Author James King at Gaithersburg Book Festival

If you are in the Maryland/DC area, be sure to meet Ghost Burglar co-author James King at the Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 18. Stop by and get the inside scoop on King’s investigation into Bernard Welch and, if you ask nicely, maybe even get an autograph for your copy of Ghost Burglar!

King will be at the Maryland’s Writer’s Association (Montgomery County Chapter) tent, as well as the Novel Places Bookstore tent. The festival runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and is located on the Gaithersburg City Hall grounds.

Ghost Burglar Wins IPPY Award

Congratulations to Jack Burch and James King, winners of a 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY)! Ghost Burglar received the bronze medal in the True Crime category. This is great national recognition for all their hard work!

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From the Independent Publisher Book Awards website: “The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.”

Ghost Burglar Authors Interviewed on WPR Today

Do you have a question for Ghost Burglar authors Jack Burch and James King? Do you want to learn more about Bernard Welch’s criminal activities? Then be sure to tune in to your local Wisconsin Public Radio station! Jack Burch and Jim King will be featured on At Issue today, May 7, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. CST.
Jack and Jim will discuss Ghost Burglar with host John Munson, as well as take questions from callers.
Not in Wisconsin? No worries! There are several ways to tune in.
1) Stream live WPR broadcasts on your computer.
2) Listen on any mobile device using the free WPR app (iPhone/iPad and Android).
3) Listen at TuneIn Radio online or download the free TuneIn app (iPhone/iPad and Android).

What Readers Are Saying About ‘Ghost Burglar’

In writing our book, Ghost Burglar, Jack Burch and I worked in a sort of isolation. We researched and wrote, only sharing our work with each other and Jack’s lovely wife Marion. Marion was our sounding board, not only correcting our grammar and punctuation, but questioning when we might have said something a better way. Fortunately, Marion Burch is a professional editor and knows her stuff. In effect, we were like a three-legged stool of research, memories and editing. So we wrote; Jack wrote his chapters and I wrote mine. Some portions were written together and passed back and forth so many times that neither Jack nor I are sure who wrote which particular sentence.

In my case, some of the writing was very personal, even painful. But for me it was a catharsis. Things I had never spoken of, even hidden, came out– and the pressure was relieved. It turned out to be a sort of therapy for me, but I never expected some of the responses readers would have to these revelations.

I had penned my thoughts while alone, sitting under a tree, never really considering the effect my words might have on others. Some reader comments have been touching and others have made me feel a bit self-conscious. One reader said she cried at the end of the book. I’ve been told that if a reader’s eyes get moist when reading your words, then you did a good job as an author. Perhaps that’s true, but I’m sorry I made a nice lady cry. I just never envisioned that would happen.

I winced a bit when another reader dubbed me a “hero.” It helped some when she explained that she meant a hero in the sense that, in spite of everything, I kept going. Many people do that every day, despite enormous challenges. I just did what most police officers do. I went to work, did my job as best I could, and tried to raise a family. Sometimes it felt like I was slogging through mud, but as the movie “Apollo 13” aptly put it, “Failure was not an option.” It never occurred to me to stop or quit. I just did what needed doing, that’s all.

One reader commented that I was the exact opposite of Bernard Welch. Although it was never my intention to set forth a comparison between Welch and myself, I can agree with that conclusion. I think most people are the opposite of Bernard Welch. Actually, in writing the book, my co-author, Jack Burch, and I talked many times about the stark contrast between Dr. Michael Halberstam and Bernard Welch. One was good to his core and the other selfishly evil. They were like matter and anti-matter coming together to cancel out each other. It was eerie, almost predestined, that these two men should meet and end up destroying one another.

I said it on the day Welch was arrested, and I’ll say it again here. Had it not been for Dr. Halberstam’s bravery and sacrifice, Welch would have raped and robbed many more victims before finally being captured. It is humbling and gratifying to realize how the words we put to paper to tell this story resonate with readers. You get it. Bernard Welch was just one man, but he is also symbolic of the damage selfish, amoral people leave in their wake. Dr. Halberstam symbolizes the best in all of us, people who do their jobs, take care of their families, and do their best to be good neighbors.

– James King

“From the first page…I was gripped.”

Ghost Burglar just received a nice review by Ed Newman at Ennyman’s Territory. In addition to being gripped from the first page, Newman also raves that “the story features characters and plot twists as interesting as nearly anything by the masterful [Elmore] Leonard.”

Head on over to Ennyman’s Territory to read the whole review now, and be sure to check back soon, as Newman will be featuring an interview with Jack Burch and James King this weekend.