Chip Jacobs explores the underbelly of an L.A. murder-for-hire ring that leaves many dead and a successful space planner, Jerry Schneiderman, so affected by PTSD that he embarks on a widespread muckraking campaign that targets major political forces in Los Angeles and beyond. Pitched as a “roots of Occupy story” (aside from Mark Twain’s, of course), The Ascension of Jerry: Murder, Hitmen, and the Making of L.A. Muckraker Jerry Schneiderman will leave you closing your blinds and forever looking behind your back for the crazed psycho-killer disguised as an ordinary blue collar guy.
ForeWord staff pick
Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. A threatened son. Life in hiding. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader came for him.

Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. A threatened son. Life in hiding. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader came for him.

The Ascension of Jerry

by Chip Jacobs

Bumbling hitmen. Burning corpses. Life in hiding. A threatened son. Jerry Schneiderman's orderly world evaporated when his business partner was executed by an assassin in 1979 Los Angeles, and the buzzard-eyed ringleader soon came for him.

Though the killers behind this murder-for-hire corporation were nabbed, the trauma annihilated Jerry's family and stripped his trust. Recovery only came years later with Jerry's improbable rebirth as a prank-loving activist who defended the weak and made enemies with the rich and powerful.

Rare Bird Books, A Vireo Book
Hardcover, 2012: 9780983925545
US $25.00 | True Crime

In Chip Jacobs true-crime, The Ascension of Jerry, we are whisked back to LA’s Kodachrome world of the Seventies. Through the eyes of the protagonist, Jerry, the “bright colors and greens of summer” quickly change to the real life black-and-whites of mayhem and murder. But, this is not just another Hollywood Whodunit. In the end we find it is really about one man’s search and struggle to find his own personal truths and redemption. Well written and highly recommended.
Steve Hodel, LAPD Hollywood Homicide detective (ret.) and Bestselling author, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder
Jacobs delivers a seductive tour of an L.A. rife with murder-for-hire plots, political corruption and sociopathic schemes. Against this backdrop the young Schneiderman comes of age, to ultimately emerge as the last man standing. A terrific book—I couldn’t put it down!
Stephen Jay Schwartz, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Boulevard and Beat
The Ascension of Jerry is an enticing true tale of getting one’s life back in the midst of…skullduggery, highly recommended.
Midwest Book Review
Chip Jacobs’ chops as an accomplished newspaperman are on brilliant display in (this) delightfully off-kilter true-crime… Jacobs’ prose is intimate, darkly funny, and crisp as he follows the twisted path… But here’s the thing: Jacobs’ ear for a good story is pitch perfect… The Ascension of Jerry isn’t an old song in a new key, but an entirely new song about crime, fear, and a weird kind of redemption that could only happen in the general vicinity of Hollywood. Jacobs is a genuine writer, not a wannabe scribbler. He knows what makes us keep turning pages…
Ron Franscell, celebrated true crime author

Chip Jacobs is the bestselling author of Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles (The Overlook Press/Penguin Group USA) with William Kelly, and Wheeling the Deal: The Outrageous Legend of Gordon Zahler, Hollywood's Flashiest Quadriplegic (Behler). The Independent Book Publishers (IPPY) Awards and Green Book Festival honored his Smogtown social history with co-silver medals, and the City of Santa Monica bestowed it with the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. He lives in the Los Angeles area.

 

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