Saturday, December 17, 2011

Crime Writer Arrested In Botched Murder-For-Hire Plot

Another Ripped from the Headlines. Truth is Stranger than Fiction. Nancy Gelber, Crime Writer, Arrested for Botched Murder for Hire Plot. I don't think she was doing research!  According to the author blurb on her novel Temporary Amnesia by Nance J. Mancuso (Rosedog Press), "Writing had been laid aside since high school when an English teacher saw promise in a rather outlandish, for those times, short story. In her 30's, Nancy rekindled her passion for writing when she created an X-Files screenplay. Stories seemed to flow onto the computer screen after that. Her other interests include aquatics, ocean fishing, playing cards, and any place that has a roulette wheel." They forgot to mention hiring someone to kill her husband.

From the article by David Lohr in the Huffington Post.

Police in Texas have arrested a published crime writer who allegedly tried to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Nancy Mancuso Gelber, 53, has been charged with solicitation to commit capital murder. Gelber is being held at the Brazos County Jail on $75,000 bond.

"It's crazy. It's crazy to hear. I'm kind of speechless," Gelber's close friend, Brandi Pointer-Castillo, told The Huffington Post.

According to the Brazos County Sheriff's Office, investigators received a tip last week indicating that Gelber was trying to find a hit man to harm her estranged husband, 54-year-old Joseph Richard Gelber, Jr.
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Prior to her split with her husband, Gelber had her sights set on becoming a career writer. Her first novel, Temporary Amnesia, was published in August 2010. The 362-page book –- dubbed a "crime thriller" -- is a fictional story about a man who breaks out of prison and uses a team of prostitutes to pull off several brazen bank robberies.

"Along with suspense and terror, this crime-thriller has a touch of levity and romance," reads the book description on "Temporary Amnesia will blow your mind! At times, you may even find yourself siding with the bad guys!"

Read the rest of the article by David Lohr HERE.

Want to read the novel? I don't, but if you do, I found it on GoogleBooks.

1 comment:

J F Norris said...

As I suspected RoseDog Books is a vanity press...uh, a print on demand "publisher." I'll pass on reading this even as a free Google book. She spells her pen name as Nancé, BTW. Oy.