Mac's will host an event for two books dealing with true crime: Brilliant Deduction: The Story of Real-Life Great Detectives by Matt Kuhns and Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America's Most Shocking Bank Robbery by retired FBI investigator Jerry Clark and investigative reporter Ed Palattella.
Everyone can name a famous detective or two. Sam Spade, Hercule Poirot, Columbo; and, of course, the Baker Street gentleman whose renown surpasses all the others. But all of the familiar great detectives are fictional. What about the real world? Haven’t any real-life detectives ever demonstrated a little greatness of their own? Brilliant Deduction profiles eight famous detectives that helped define the profession, including Vidocq, the Pinkertons and William Burns. Author Matt Kuhns is a graphic designer living in Lakewood, Ohio.
While Brilliant Deduction involves historical cases, The Pizza Bomber takes on a famous modern case. On August 28, 2003, in the suburbs of Erie, Pennsylvania, a pizza delivery man named Brian Wells was accosted by several men who locked a time bomb around his neck. They then ordered him to rob a bank. After delivering the money, he would receive clues to help him disarm the bomb. It was one of the most ingenious bank robbery schemes in history, known as Collarbomb by the FBI. It did not go according to plan. Wells, picked up by police shortly after the robbery, never found the clues he needed. Investigating the crime after his grisly death, the FBI soon discovered that Wells was not, in fact, an innocent victim. He was merely the first co-conspirator to fall in a bizarre trail of death following the crime. Jerry Clark, the lead FBI Special Agent who cracked what became known as the Pizza Bomber case, and investigative reporter Ed Palattella, who followed it from the beginning, tell the complete story, from the inside, for the first time.