Caitlin Rother is a Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter for nineteen years, for a variety of local newspapers. After a time, she decided to try her hand at writing books full-time.
In addition to being a novel writer, Ms. Rother is also the founder of the San Diego Writing Women blog. Caitlin Rother has many writing credits to her name, as well as having her work published in Cosmopolitan, the Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Daily Beast.
Ms. Rother has appeared as a crime expert on E! Entertainment, the Oxygen Network, Investigation Discovery, Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record," and "America at Night." She also teaches journalism, narrative non-fiction and creative writing at UCSD Extension in San Diego.
Caitlin Rother is currently busy promoting her true crime novel, Dead Reckoning.
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This is a quintessential story of good versus evil. Murder victim Tom Hawks was a former firefighter and retired probation officer after serving in the military along with his brother, who was a retired police chief. In contrast, Skylar Deleon, the man who killed Tom and his wife, Jackie, by tying them to an anchor and throwing them over the side of their yacht, grew up under the wing of a violent man who went to prison for drug-dealing and then taught his son how to lie, cheat and steal. But Skylar is also a complex character, whose gender confusion makes for quite a fascinating case study of a sociopath who loves his wife Jennifer so much he will do anything not to lose her – and yet wants a sex change operation so badly he’s willing to kill to pay for one. The murder-theft conspiracy scheme he devises with her is so heinous and callously carried out that it is mind-boggling.