Author Joel Goldman has found there's plenty of true crime to write about in the Kansas City metro area.
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The J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain — a familiar landmark in Kansas City, Mo. — is a popular meeting place for Goldman's characters. The author's family has lived in Kansas City, Mo., for four generations.
Split by the Missouri-Kansas state line, the Kansas City metro area has been home to political bosses, jazz clubs, barbecue joints and tough characters, all of which find their way into author Joel Goldman crime thrillers.
Nine years ago, when Goldman was working as an attorney, he was diagnosed with a movement disorder that makes him shake and stutter at times. So he quit his practice and eventually gave his medical condition to one of his main characters, Kansas City FBI agent Jack Davis.
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