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Tell Me Everything
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Tell Me Everything
The Story of a Private Investigation
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"Highly recommended on audio for listeners seeking true-crime with a focus on structural inequities, survivors, and artfully crafted narratives." — Booklist

"The best story I've read in a long, long time." —Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing
"Krouse's vivid and original memoir is state of the art. Tell Me Everything is our new standard." —Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering
Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the female 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, Erika 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. Erika 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, Erika 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, Erika finds herself increasingly consumed. When the case and her life both implode at the same time, Erika must figure out how to help win the case without losing herself.

"Highly recommended on audio for listeners seeking true-crime with a focus on structural inequities, survivors, and artfully crafted narratives." — Booklist

"The best story I've read in a long, long time." —Lacy Crawford, author of Notes on a Silencing
"Krouse's vivid and original memoir is state of the art. Tell Me Everything is our new standard." —Charles D'Ambrosio, author of Loitering
Part memoir and part literary true crime, Tell Me Everything is the mesmerizing story of a landmark sexual assault investigation and the female 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, Erika 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. Erika 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, Erika 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, Erika finds herself increasingly consumed. When the case and her life both implode at the same time, Erika must figure out how to help win the case without losing herself.

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  • Erika Krouse is the author of Come Up and See Me Sometime, a New York Times Notable Book, and Contenders, a finalist for the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. Erika's fiction has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Ploughshares, One Story, and more. She teaches creative writing at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and lives in Colorado. Her debut memoir, Tell Me Everything, has been optioned for TV adaptation by Playground Entertainment.
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  • Library Journal

    June 1, 2022

    Listeners will be transfixed as Gabra Zackman reads Krouse's detailed memoir of her five years working as an inexperienced private investigator for a civil attorney. She is in her element when she's assigned a sexual assault case with the accused being a local university's football team. Krouse searches for witnesses and victims, making the case expand in scope. Meanwhile, she deals with toxic issues within her family, with her feelings as a survivor of sexual abuse, and with notoriety when the case receives national attention. The audiobook opens with piano music under the intro, setting listeners up for the narrative to unwind. Zackman projects a very stiff and professional demeanor, almost clinical in nature, as she becomes Krouse. She infuses a wide range of emotions into the story, remaining objective when listening to victims and maintaining total control of her anger when speaking with suspects. She is relaxed when talking about her boyfriend, yet tightly wound when talking to her mother and her siblings. VERDICT Krouse's memoir will be appreciated by true crime fans and those who follow legal mysteries.--Stephanie Bange

    Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from November 29, 2021
    Novelist Krouse (Contenders) chronicles a benchmark sexual assault investigation in this enthralling blend of true crime and memoir. “I became a private investigator because of my face,” she writes, describing a chance meeting in 2002 that led her to take a job investigating lawsuits. All too familiar with complete strangers confiding secrets to her, Krouse imagined interviewing others would come naturally, until she was assigned to investigate the rape of a college student. A victim of childhood sexual abuse, Krouse was wary of taking on the case, but, as she writes, defending her client, Simone—who was attacked at a party by players from her school’s football team—gave her the chance “to change things forever.” Over the next five years Krouse helped expose a culture of sexual violence, harassment, and corruption in the football program at Simone’s university. When the scandal expanded into the “hidden world of athletic money,” the investigation escalated into a civil rights case accusing the school of a “system of sexual abuse” that “amount to discrimination,” and what began as a fight for one woman’s justice becomes a battle Krouse fights against her own inner demons that eloquently contends with systemic issues still plaguing American institutions today. The emotional catharsis delivered by the book’s end turns this sensational tale into a stunning story of redemption and hope. Readers will be gripped.

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