In 2011, Detective Lt. Joe Kenda began starring in the crime documentary television show Homicide Hunter, which revisits murder cases he solved at the Colorado Springs Police Department between 1977 and 1996, where he solved 387 cases.
In Kenda’s book, I Will Find You: Solving Killer Cases from my Life Fighting Crime, he chronicles never-before-told case files from his 19 years as a homicide detective. It is a fascinating book. I not only learned about the specific cases that Kenda covered, but I also learned a lot about forensic science and the life of a homicide detective in general. Throughout the book, Kenda also tells us about his family life, which gives the book a personal feel.
My favorite chapter was “You Have the Right to Confess, Dirtbag,” which discusses the interrogation process. It is interesting to see how Kenda works to understand the criminals’ motives, which vary greatly per crime. Kenda writes in a blunt, tell-it-like-it-is style, and I liked reading his insight on the cases.
If you are looking for an educational true crime book or want to get a glimpse into the life of a homicide detective, I Will Find You is a very informative read.