Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss

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Winner: Best Published Memoir, San Diego Book Awards - 2014
Pulitzer Prize nominee - 2014

Benjamin Franklin Award nominee - 2014
Washington State Book Award nominee - 2014
One Book, One San Diego nominee - 2014

Winner: San Diego Book Awards, 2012 (unpublished memoir)
Judge's comment: Dare I Call It Murder? is written especially well. I found myself thinking about your story -- wanting to read more. Your writing is so revealing and beneficial to others. The impact of your last few lines -- perfect.

In his book, Larry Edwards unmasks the emotional trauma of violent loss as he ferrets out new facts to get at the truth of how and why his parents were killed.

In 1977, Loren and Joanne Edwards left Puget Sound aboard their 53-foot sailboat Spellbound, destined for French Polynesia. Six months later they lay dead aboard their boat in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Larry's younger brother became the prime suspect in the FBI's murder investigation. But federal prosecutors never indicted him, leaving the case unresolved and splitting the Edwards family into feuding factions.

Three decades later, a dispute over how to respond to a true-crime book by Ann Rule -- which contained an inaccurate account of the case -- ripped the tattered family even farther apart. In Dare I Call It Murder?, Larry Edwards sets the record straight, revealing previously undisclosed facts from the FBI investigation as he lays out the case never presented in court.

Larry's memoir, however, goes beyond simply telling the untold story of his parents' deaths and refuting the errors in previously published material. His broader goal is to see the book generate greater awareness of and conversations about violent loss, its impact on the survivors and their families, and the troubling effects of post-traumatic stress (PTSD).

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Surviving a violent loss is a journey -- a journey of emotional trauma, anger, grief, denial, and depression. A journey no one wants to take.

Yet, when you have lost a loved one to violent death, you have no choice. It comes uninvited and unanticipated. You are blindsided. You are driving through an intersection of life when a contemptuous scofflaw plows into you.

Your life is never the same.

There is no going back.

The journey begins.

This book recounts my journey. A journey I wouldn't wish on anyone. But if my telling this story proves helpful to others, then it takes on greater meaning. It expands the value of the work and lifts it to a higher plane.

To that end, my intent is that this book serves a broader purpose than simply laying out the untold story of my parents' deaths and refuting the errors in previously published material. I want to see this book generate greater awareness of and conversations about violent loss and its impact on the survivors and their families.

About the Author:

Larry M. Edwards is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. His most recent book, Dare I Call It Murder?: A Memoir of Violent Loss, won first place in the 2012 San Diego Book Awards (unpublished memoir).

The book has been nominated for

  • The Pulitzer Prize (2014): Letters, Drama, and Music > Biography/Autobiography
  • Benjamin Franklin Award (2014): Autobiography/Memoirs
Previously, he won Best of Show honors from the San Diego Press Club in 1994, 1997, 2004, and 2005, in addition to numerous other awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and San Diego Press Club.

He has served as business editor at San Diego Magazine as well as editor of The Log Newspapers, Maritime Quarterly and The T Sector. He contributed regularly to Sailing World and Grand Prix Sailor, and worked as a stringer for the Associated Press while covering the America's Cup and other sailing competitions.

Edwards currently works as a freelance writer, book editor, and publishing consultant in San Diego, Calif., where he lives with his birding-enthusiast wife, Janis Cadwallader.

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