S. R. Reynolds has never forgotten the mishandled case of fifteen-year-old Michelle Anderson, a vibrant beauty who went missing from Reynolds’ Knoxville, Tennessee, neighborhood years earlier. Aided by her old professor, famed forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass–founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm”–Reynolds picks up the trail of this cold case.
As she presses neglected pieces of the puzzle into place, Reynolds unearths a string of heinous kidnappings and rapes across the South, crimes that span decades. She talks to the victims. A picture begins to form. Patterns appear. And all evidence points to one man: convicted sex offender Larry Lee Smith.
As a result of Reynolds’s efforts, the Knoxville Police Department reopens the cold case of Michelle’s disappearance, but Larry Lee is about to be released from a Georgia prison, where he served time for a related crime–a “similar transaction.” What transpires in this story is amazing on many levels. Larry Lee is every parent’s worst nightmare.
“Similar Transactions” is a gripping memoir about the author’s determination to solve a murder and to bring the perpetrator to justice.