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TELL ME EVERYTHING: The Story of a Private Investigation
by Erika Krouse

TELL ME EVERYTHING: The Story of a Private Investigation by Erika Krouse

Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the private investigator who helped crack it open.

Erika Krouse has one of those faces. “I don’t know why I’m telling you this,” people say, spilling confessions. In fall 2002, Krouse accepts a new contract job investigating lawsuits as a private investigator. The role seems perfect for her, but she quickly realizes she has no idea what she’s doing. Then a lawyer named Grayson assigns her to investigate a sexual assault, a college student who was attacked by football players and recruits at a party a year earlier. Krouse knows she should turn the assignment down; her own history with sexual violence makes it all too personal. But she takes the job anyway, inspired by Grayson’s conviction that he could help change things forever--and maybe she could, too.

Over the next five years, Krouse learns everything she can about P. I. technique, tracking down witnesses and investigating a culture of sexual assault and harassment ingrained in the university’s football program. But as the investigation grows into a national scandal and a historic civil rights case, she finds herself increasingly consumed. When the case and her life both implode at the same time, she must figure out how to help win the case without losing herself.

288 pages, Hardcover

First published March 15, 2022

Literary awards

Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime (2023)

Erika Krouse is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. Her recent memoir, Tell Me Everything: The Story of a Private Investigation (March 15, 2022, Flatiron Books/Macmillan) is a Book of the Month pick, has been optioned by Playground Entertainment for TV adaptation, and received starred advance reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Library Journal, and Bookpage. Erika is also the author of Contenders (novel, Rare Bird, 2015), and Come Up and See Me Sometime (short stories, Scribner, 2001). Erika’s short fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, and One Story, and has been shortlisted for Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and the Pushcart Prize. Erika teaches at the Lighthouse Book Project at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, and is a winner of the Lighthouse Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence. Her next book, Save Me: Stories (Flatiron Books/Macmillan) will be published in 2023 or 2024. www.erikakrouse.com.

But I’m also doing something I’ve never done in my 49 years (!) of working in publishing: I am resubmitting Erika Krouse’s memoir TELL ME EVERYTHING; THE STORY OF A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION. When it was originally published last spring by Flatiron (it’s now out in paperback) I only sold foreign rights to Serbia. That is a fantastic deal, but I was extremely disappointed by my general lack of foreign success. I fear overworked readers heard about the book and felt it was about college sports, the American legal system with a touch of “Me Too” thrown in. Au contraire, this non-fiction book received reviews such as, “literary nonfiction at a high level” (New York Times), “…mesmerizing on every page” (Washington Post), “…a searingly intimate tale of institutional misogyny” (Library Journal, starred review), and in Publishers Weekly’s starred review, “…this enthralling blend of true crime and memoir…a stunning story of redemption and defeat.” Links to some of the MANY appreciative reviews are attached, as well as an electronic version of the final manuscript. And here is the great kicker…Erica was nominated by the esteemed Mystery Writers of America for the annual prize of Best True Crime/Mystery of the Year. Erika—who has never written a fictional mystery and didn’t know any of the judges nor anyone in that group—just won the Edgar (as in Allan Poe) for best adult non-fiction book published in 2022! Here is Erika’s acceptance speech.

Erika won this prize because her memoir is that good… its sheer brilliance is evident on every page. And this is NOT a book which requires the reader to have any interest in USA college sports, nor the USA’s legal system. Rather, it is a brilliant book about what constitutes identity and what are its ramifications, all in a page-turning narrative which I feel is universal in its power and appeal. Please ponder if you think it’s worth another try. I think it is, hence this unique request.