Item description for Fire in the Desert: The True Story of the Craig Titus-Kelly Ryan Murder Mystery by Glenn Puit...
On the morning of December 14, 2005, Las Vegas police and firefighters were called to the desert outside of Las Vegas. A 2003 Jaguar was in flames, and inside the trunk of the vehicle was the badly burned body of a young Las Vegas woman named Melissa James. The 28-year-old had suffered a horrifying fate -- she was restrained, her face was covered with duct-tape, and she was set on fire.
The disturbing discovery prompted a massive police investigation, and within hours, detectives were standing at the front doorstep of two of the nation's most recognized fitness celebrities -- Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan.
Titus is a past place finisher in the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition, and his antics appropriately earned him the nickname the "Bad Boy of Bodybuilding." Meanwhile, his elegant wife, Ryan, is widely recognized as one of the premier womens' fitness competitors in the country.
But within the week, the two would be known as something else: murder suspects in the death of James, who was their live-in personal assistant.
* Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter and true crime author Glenn Puit has the inside scoop on the evidence gathered by Las Vegas police against the couple.
* Fire in the Desert serves as an evidentiary handbook for those following the case, providing a detailed legal analysis by Las Vegas courtroom experts.
* The book offers an independent examination of the fitness couple's sordid lifestyle, their actions before and after their personal assistant was found dead.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Feb 22, 2007
Publisher Stephens Press
ISBN 1932173749 ISBN13 9781932173741
Reviews - What do customers think about Fire in the Desert: The True Story of the Craig Titus-Kelly Ryan Murder Mystery?
Fascinating story Sep 20, 2008
I couldn't put this book down. It is very well written and NOT one of those true crime books that you have to keep flipping backwards to clarify people and events. I have been going to Las Vegas since my grandparents moved there in the early 1980s and I am somewhat partial to non-fiction books set in familiar locations. The only thing that might be slightly negative about A Fire In the Desert is that the story is not yet over, so it left me feeling a little incomplete, but that is not Glenn Puit's fault (the book went to press before Craig Titus and Kelly Ryan pled guilty to various charges related to Melissa James' death).
Good read if you are interested in this case Feb 21, 2008
Very simple read that i finished in 2 days. Basically gives an introduction to all the characters involved in this case and gives the actual details of the statements made by the accused and other persons of interest.
Wrote this book prior to a jury verdict Aug 7, 2007
Mr. Puit is a very thorough journalist and a great writer, however many attorneys in Las Vegas felt that his book was premature because a jury had not yet decided the case.
However, the information provided in the book gives the reader the sense that a guilty verdict is inevitable. As in Mr. Puit's other book "Witch" he leaves some questions open for the reader to decide. In this book, we are left to ponder whether both the Husband and the Wife are responsible for the murder or whether the Husband is more culpable and the wife merely a pawn of her Husband's will.
Fire in the Desert Jun 26, 2007
Very, very well written book. My son grew up with and hung out with Craig. My kids claimed that Craig was cocky and arrogant but I never saw any of this. He was a good kid. However, after reading this book, I became firmly convinced that success brings out the worst in some people. His downfall can be roughly compared to the careers of Denny McLain and Mike Tyson. As a Born Again Christian, I pray for Craig and Kelly often. I feel like one of my own kids has, "bit the dust".
The Pre-Trial Rough Draft Mar 13, 2007
I'm sure there will be a final draft from this writer about the Titus-Ryan murder after the trial is over.
If you want to see a lot of raw data without much commentary or background, this book is definitely worth a look since it includes complete interviews and short summaries of official police reports. The manuscript is rife with weird indentations and sloppy typos, but you get the facts of this lurid and disturbing case.
I'd tell you to wait for the final draft but this book is definitely worth reading for a review of what's going to show up in the upcoming trial. Unless you live in Las Vegas and have access to regular reports, you'll at least this need this book to get an idea of the twists and turns going on right up to today!