James Renner

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James Renner
Born James Renner
(1978-03-30) March 30, 1978 (age 38)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Writer, director, producer

James Renner (born 1978) is an American journalist and author. He came to prominence as a reporter and author specializing in crime and has written two novels that fuse mystery and suspense with speculative fiction.

Early Life and Education[edit]

Renner is from Akron, Ohio[citation needed] and is a 2000 graduate of Kent State University.[1] He worked as a reporter for Cleveland Scene and was the editor of the alternative newspaper The Cleveland Independent.[2] He was also a founding member of Last Call Cleveland, a sketch comedy troupe.


In October 2006, Gray & Co. released a book by Renner about his two-year-long investigation into the 1989 unsolved abduction and murder of 10-year-old Amy Mihaljevic. The title of the book is Amy: My Search for Her Killer.[3][4][5]

In 2005, Renner visited reclusive author J.D. Salinger at the author's home in New Hampshire. Renner released a documentary about The Catcher in the Rye and his road trip to visit Salinger, in 2009. It is available online, in serialized form.[6]

In January 2011, Renner announced his plans to delve into the disappearance of Maura Murray, a nursing student who went missing after a car accident in Haverhill, New Hampshire.[7] He maintains a blog about his investigation into her disappearance called My Search for Maura Murray.[8] His book on the case, True Crime Addict, was published in May 2016.[9]


In 2004, Renner directed an adaptation of Stephen King's short story "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away".[10] King granted Renner the rights to adapt this story as part of his Dollar Baby program for aspiring filmmakers. It was an official selection at the 2005 Montreal World Film Festival.[11]

Renner's first novel, The Man From Primrose Lane, was published by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, in March 2012.[12][13][14][15]

In 2013, Warner Bros. acquired the rights to The Man From Primrose Lane to adapt as a film starring Bradley Cooper.[16]

His second novel, The Great Forgetting, was released November 10, 2015.[17]

Honors and awards[edit]

In the December 2005 issue of Cleveland Magazine, Renner was named one of the city's 30 most interesting people.[18]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Google News Archive Search". google.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Cleveland Independent". Cleveland Independent. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  3. ^ Renner, James (2006). Amy: My Search for Her Killer. Cleveland: Gray & Company. ISBN 978-1-59851-019-5. 
  4. ^ "Ashland County"s murder mystery/Author James Renner explores 0 killing of Amy Mihaljevic". The Times-Gazette. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Akron-based crime writer James Renner ventures into fiction with 'The Man From Primrose Lane'". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Catching Salinger". YouTube. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  7. ^ "The Coldest Cases". Wordpress.com. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  8. ^ "My Search for Maura Murray". blogspot.com. Retrieved 2016-04-05. 
  9. ^ "Publishers Marketplace: Log In". publishersmarketplace.com. 
  10. ^ "All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (2004)". Internet Movie Data base (IMBD). Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  11. ^ GEORGE M. THOMAS, Knight Ridder Newspapers. "Young director shoots movie based on Stephen King story". Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier. 
  12. ^ "Man From Primrose". Publishers Marketplace. Retrieved 2010-10-12. 
  13. ^ Mickunas, Vick. "Unsolved suicide mystery features the Loveland frog". Dayton Daily News (March 4, 2012). Dayton, OH. Retrieved 12 July 2014 – via HighBeam Research. 
  14. ^ Patrick Anderson (18 March 2012). "'The Man from Primrose Lane,' by James Renner". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Akron-based crime writer James Renner ventures into fiction with 'The Man From Primrose Lane'". cleveland.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  16. ^ Mike Fleming Jr. "Warner Bros Ties Bradley Cooper To 'Man From Primrose Lane' - Deadline". Deadline. 
  17. ^ World Archipelago. "The Great Forgetting". Macmillan. 
  18. ^ http://www.clevelandmagazine.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=E73ABD6180B44874871A91F6BA5C249C&nm=Arts+%26+Entertainment&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=1578600D80804596A222593669321019&tier=4&id=CB32918DF1F24EC1BCCC53E340E1F259

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