Pierz author Frank Weber to speak in Baxter
Pierz native Frank Weber, author of "Murder Book," will appear at Book World in Baxter from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.
Weber's adult fiction novel captures much of his real-life professional experiences interwoven with personal details of his childhood growing up in a family of 12 in the small, rural town of Pierz. "Murder Book," a law enforcement term for homicide case, is packed with authentic investigative details based on his own work and experiences.
Weber is a forensic psychologist who has completed assessments for homicide, sexual assault and domestic abuse cases. His work has ranged from assessing murderers chained to the cement floor in the basement of a prison and assessing psychopaths to providing therapy for wealthy professionals who've engaged in multiple affairs.
He has testified as an expert witness in numerous sexual assault and homicide cases, written seven different treatment workbooks, and in 2015 published a training series for psychologists that has been accredited by the Minnesota Board of Psychology.
He received the President's Award from the Minnesota Correctional Association for his forensic work and recently received an award for excellence in his clinical work. Weber has used his unique understanding of how predators think, victim trauma and actual court cases to create a thrilling mystery.
The book follows Jon Frederick, who spent his adolescence protecting his mentally ill brother and worrying about his parents' farm as it headed toward bankruptcy. When Mandy Baker, the alluring new girl in town, pursued him, he was easily enamored. But on the day he ended their tryst, Mandy vanished. There is no doubt in the small Minnesota town of Pierz that the flirtatious girl is dead, and there is little doubt that Jon got away with murder.
A decade later, Jon is made an investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. While investigating a case near his hometown, Jon quietly reopens the murder book on Mandy Baker and begins to see commonalities between Mandy's disappearance and his new case. Digging up the past raises intriguing possibilities with an old friend, Serena Bell, but also forces them to work through old betrayals. As the investigation intensifies, Jon realizes he has crossed paths with the killer before.