My latest book

BookcoverOn April 15, I published a book written with Dave Hall and Tym Burkey about an interesting undercover operative.  I also posted a long blog about it at:




6 Responses to “My latest book”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Katherine, congratulations on another book published! But you know what they say about all work and no play. Inspired by crime writer Meg Gardiner, I’m TAGGING you to see if you’ll share a few random things about yourself.

    Find out at my blog,


  2. frankenduf Says:

    an analagous intriguing case was the Stetson Kennedy infiltration of the KKK in the 40s- not only for the expose on the Klan’s secret rituals/hazings, but also for the fact that it turned out that Kennedy exploited a plant within the KKK, and used the anectodes as his own- talk about stepping into another’s voice!?

  3. indianni Says:

    Thanks for posting that. Fascinating. Is there a book on it?

  4. frankenduf Says:

    yeah- “The Klan Unmasked”- originally published in 1954 as “I rode with the Ku Klux Klan”- again, there are ‘autobiographical’ adventures in the Kennedy book which are actually based on the exploits of a Klan informant named ‘John Brown’- apparently, Stetson Kennedy is a legitimate folk hero, who for whatever reason embellished his critique of the KKK- kinda like Hillary making legitimately populist campaign positions, while embellishing her ramboesque adventures in Bosnia :)- I guess it’s inevitable to embellish an autobiography- not (only) for cynical reasons, but perhaps because, as you point out, writing entails adopting a voice, and that voice may take some characteristics all its own- it’s like the old librarian joke- there’s a fiction section, a nonfiction section, and then there’s autobiography

  5. indianni Says:

    Thanks. That’s interesting. Yes, we’ve seen many autobiographies of late that are, er…embellished. I was once asked to ghost a memoir but I pulled out when it was quite clear that the subject was trying to take credit for heroic acts he did not perform. He did get a ghoster, by the way, and the book was a success. But he was also called on the carpet for several lies. Still, the money went into his pocket.
    One positive aspect of working with the dual memoir was that the guys checked each other on the facts, and also worked with an attorney who was very meticulous about timelines and descriptions. I even had to pull out of them some of the more dramatic moments. They weren’t trying to be heroes but they nevertheless were heroes, so that made the process more enjoyable for me.

  6. Amanda Dier Says:

    Since I couldn’t really figure out any other way to send you this…
    In regards to your Crime Library article on Brandon Teena, I’m afraid I have to disagree on your persistent use of the pronouns ‘she’ and ‘her’. He preferred being characterized as a man, lived as a man, and pretty much WAS a man, other than the fact that he was born female-bodied.
    You wouldn’t call a regular guy a she, because it’s not who he identifies as. Brandon just wanted people to see him as any other guy.
    I know that it might not matter to you, but use of the proper pronouns, names, and characterization really matters to most members of the transgender community.
    Thanks for your time.

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