"Well, before you can appreciate the magnitude of what I am about to say, you need to know a few things about me that I suspect you don’t already know.
"First, I don’t read for pleasure. Law School and the practice of law beat out of me every impulse to read. At most, I will flip through fashion magazines. If those magazines have an article more than a page or two in length, I generally just read the first or second sentence in each paragraph so that I get the gist. Second, I go to bed early. I usually am in bed by 8 and asleep by 9. There are few things on this planet important enough for me to stay up late. Sitting at my computer right now, I can hardly think of one. Finally, I don’t like murder movies or murder TV shows. I don’t like them as fiction or non-fiction. I like happy stories, stories about romance (not books, though, see point number 1 above). When I was a kid, my mom read all sorts of biographies and stories about serial killers. I can remember her reading 'The Stranger Beside Me' and Anne Rules’ other books. I thought she was crazy.
"When you gave me your book last night, I was excited. I was excited for you that you had written a book, I was excited that you were kind enough to give me a signed copy, but I didn’t think I would read it (refer to rules 1 and 3 above). Last night, I got into bed and read the acknowledgements and the jacket of your book. I told my husband the story of you giving it to me and even statused about it on Facebook. (Yes, status in this context is a verb). Before I knew it, it was 1a.m. I was up WAY past my bedtime. I was 9 chapters into a story about a murder committed by the most notorious serial killer of my lifetime. In one evening, your book had me break 3 hard and fast rules in my life.
"I tell you all of that to tell you that your book is terrific. It is so very interesting to me as a prosecutor. I will suggest to all the young prosecutors I supervise that they read it. I would actually like to buy another copy for my mother (yes, the crazy lady referenced under the rule section of my email). Can I buy it from you? Can I be so bold as to ask you to sign a copy for her? She would love that and her birthday is coming up!!"
Quite naturally, I was flattered. Her email told me that the book could fulfill one of the objectives I had for writing it--to help young prosecutors find their way through the prosecution of a complex high-profile case. I replied:
"I think the reason this book didn’t meet your expectations is because it is not about Ted Bundy. It’s about the prosecution of [insert celebrity killer] and the problems confronted by both prosecution and defense. I’m researching for a book on the Lindbergh kidnapping right now, and the parallels between that case and the Bundy case are striking."
On another subject, I had no idea that "status" was a verb. I must be a real fossil.