You’ll Like My Crime Story—I Promise!

crime storyWhen people ask about my crime story books, they often want to know if they’re based on true stories.  Sometimes they are.  I worked as a criminal trial lawyer for 40 years.  Many of those stories are “stranger than fiction!”

My crime story book, The Amygdala Hijack, was based on true facts from the Twin City area.  A young man called police to tell them his wife was missing.  He found her abandoned car at the Mall of America near Minneapolis.  For weeks, police and volunteers searched areas where the wife may have gone, including a local lake.  Frozen in the winter, the police had to drill hundreds of test holes.  Still, they couldn’t find her or a body.

Did the husband kill her and hide the body?  This true crime story led me to start The Amygdala Hijack.  Defense lawyer, Ted Rohrbacher, is visited by an old friend.  He’s accused of murdering his wife—but there’s no body.  Ted reluctantly takes on the case.  As he conducts his investigation, Ted discovers his client suffers from a rare psychological condition called the amygdala hijack.  It’s a temporary malfunction of a part of the brain that controls our violent behaviors.  Ted’s client can’t control himself sometimes.

As the case gets close to trial, Ted comes to believe his friend is guilty.  But may have a defense because of the amygdala hijack.  Pressure builds on Ted as he fights the prosecutor, judge, and even his own client to get a win.

Meanwhile, no one can find the body of the wife.  If the client wins or loses—is that justice??crime story

I’m offering the ebook for a short time for only $.99 at

Try it out and let me know what you think.

P.S.  Keep reading to the end . . .


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About Colin Nelson

Colin T. Nelson worked for 40 years as a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer in Minneapolis. He tried everything from speeding tickets to first degree murder. His writing about the courtroom and the legal system give the reader a "back door" view of what goes on, what's funny, and what's a good story. He has also traveled extensively and includes those locations in his mysteries. Some are set in Southeast Asia, Ecuador,Peru, and South Africa. Readers get a suspenseful tale while learning about new places on the planet. Colin is married, has two adult children, and plays the saxophone in various bands.


You’ll Like My Crime Story—I Promise! — 3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the ebook, it was awesome, I read it a couple weekends ago. Page turner for sure. I like this character. Need to go back and read your earlier works, such fun reading!

    • Thanks for writing, Bonnie. I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m finishing my third book in a series about an investigator named Pete Chandler who travels all over the world. But I like Ted, the lawyer. I’m thinking of going back to him. Any ideas for a story about him? Thanks, Colin

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