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Best Book on an Unsolved East Bay Murder 

Lust to Kill by Robert Scott

At her 14th birthday party, A-student and gifted musician Jenny Lin "laughed as she received a troll doll, among other gifts," Robert Scott writes in his latest true-crime page-turner, Lust to Kill: A Twisted Misfit's Murderous Frenzy. The party was recorded on videotape at the Lin family's Castro Valley home. Two days later, Jenny's father entered that home to find his daughter slain. At her funeral, "stuffed animals and her viola lay in her coffin beside her — the same viola she had been playing since she was three years old." Sadly, the case went cold. But Oregon detectives are now investigating a possible suspect, convicted killer Sebastian Shaw, who slew other victims in similar ways at around the same time. Evidence against Shaw is piling up, including boasts he made to a cellmate as well as his resemblance to a man whom a neighbor spotted lurking near the Lin home on the day of the murder. The book examines Shaw's whole life — born Chau Quong Ho, he was among the last Vietnamese to be helicoptered to safety during the fall of Saigon — and heinous crimes. Scott, who lives in Orinda and devotes the book's final chapter to the Lin case, hopes the investigation can someday find justice for Jenny's family.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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