Glenn Cook, the senior editorial writer for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, had this to say Monday, April 20, about Bradley Nickell’s first true crime book REPEAT OFFENDER: Sin City’s Most Prolific Criminal and the Cop Who Caught Him:
“Local libraries have no shortage of Southern Nevada true crime stories, many of them written by valley journalists. But the latest book in the genre comes from a writer with a far different background. Bradley Nickell, author of “Repeat Offender” from WildBlue Press, is the Las Vegas police detective who helped put away prolific criminal Damion Monroe for life.
“Monroe’s crime spree and trial didn’t capture anywhere near as much attention as, say, the Sandy Murphy and O.J. Simpson cases. But few defendants have injected more fear into the justice system than Monroe. And Nickell’s first book, which reads like a thriller in spots, captures as much.
“Monroe was an accomplished thief with a long rap sheet and high living standards. Nickell helped put Monroe and his co-defendants behind bars for stealing more than $2 million worth of goods, but being locked up for life didn’t stop Monroe from committing more crimes.
“Monroe tried to orchestrate the murders of Nickell, county prosecutor Sandra DiGiacomo and District Judge Michelle Leavitt.
“Monroe’s murder-for-hire bid failed, and in 2009 he was sentenced to multiple consecutive life sentences for his disturbing pursuit of vengeance. “Repeat Offender” details the entire story from a veteran cop’s perspective, from the theft investigations to the fears of being followed by hit men. It’s an impressive writing debut with co-author Warren Jamison.
“The story is available as an e-book or as a paperback at Amazon. And Nickell is donating a portion of every sale to The Rape Crisis Center in Las Vegas to support counseling services for victims of child sex abuse. It’s a great read.
Glenn Cook ([email protected]) is the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s senior editorial writer. Follow him on Twitter: @Glenn_CookNV