MEET RETIRED F.B.I. AGENT & AUTHOR PETE KLISMET

Pete black and white pic

Today I’m hosting my good friend and fellow author, Pete Klismet. Pete and I have known each other for many years and, since we were both writing and publishing books at about the same time,  we became good friends about three years ago. Pete’s a retired FBI agent whose territory included Ouray, so he knew my husband, Richard, when he was the police chief here. After retiring from the FBI, Pete took a job as Department Chair and Associate Professor at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs. He has since retired from that. I’m particularly excited to have Pete as the first person I’ve ever hosted on the blog and anxious to ask him some questions about what he’s been up to.

So Pete, what are you up to lately?

First of all Jackie, thanks for having me as your first guest. I’m honored to be here. I guess I’m one of those people who just doesn’t quite know how to retire. In addition to the three books I’ve written and had published since you and I started, I’ve got a bunch of other things going. I do consulting work for law enforcement, private attorneys and even some private individuals. People find me through my website, which is www.criminalprofilingassociates.com. In the two years since I ‘retired’ as a college professor, I’m honestly busier than I was then. But for me every day is a Saturday and I can pick and choose what I want to do and when I want to do it. I’m still involved in what has been called ‘Jon Benet Ramsey, Part II,’ which is the Dylan Redwine case in Durango, Colorado. It’s a currently-unsolved case about a thirteen year old boy who went missing three years ago, and some remains were found about six months later in the mountains. Working with law enforcement in Durango, we have identified a person of interest in the death of Dylan, and are moving forward to hopefully charge that individual.

I want to ask you about your third book in a minute, since it’s a case near and dear to my heart, but first I’d like you to tell my readers about your first two books.

Sure, glad to. “FBI Diary: Profiles of Evil” is about my experiences as one of the first FBI profilers, our training, and some of the cases I worked. That book has done well, and will now do even better in the hands of another publisher. I’ve contracted with a publisher in Australia, so it’s for sale “Down Under” and, according to my publisher down there, is also doing well. “FBI Animal House” is a complete departure from my other two books. It’s a true story about my experiences at the FBI Academy and the quality of training we received. Which was very poor I’m sorry to say. But no one has ever gone inside the FBI Academy and talked about the training before. I also recount a number of rather crazy things my academy class did while there. The ‘spit and polish’ image we all have of FBI agents is definitely challenged by the raucous antics of my academy class!

Now, tell us a little about your third book, “FBI Diary: Home Grown Terror.”

In May of 1998, three heavily-armed, survivalist, para-military men stole a FBI COVER C WITH SEAL 1 may12, 2015commercial water truck and ambushed Cortez, Colorado Police Officer Dale Claxton. This is the complete inside story of that cold-blooded murder, a decade-long investigation and search as only a few can tell it. Until now, no one involved in the case has. I was one of the original FBI agents to arrive in the hours after the death of Officer Claxton, which was followed by a wild, bullet-riddled chase through Cortez, rivaling anything ever seen in an action movie. Three officers were seriously wounded, seven police cars were put out of commission, and an entire community and region of the west was terrorized.

What the reader does is step into the shoes of an FBI Agent working with many others to put together the pieces and uncover the clues the killers have left behind.  It’s been described as being: Spine-tingling suspense that heightens the senses and creates awareness of what really happened behind the scenes. It is a meticulously-researched book, with every chapter ending with a cliff-hanger that drives the reader on to the next.

Pete, tell my readers where they can find the books:

Sure. They’re all available through Amazon.com. Or, if your readers want a signed copy, they can get ahold of you and you can tell me where to send it. With a check involved, of course.

Thanks Pete. I appreciate you being my first guest.

Here’s a picture of Pete’s three books in the event you’d like to pick one up:

Pete's 3 book covers

For Immediate Release:

May 28, 2015 – Global Publishing Group Proudly Presents:

“FBI DIARY:  HOME GROWN TERROR”

(Inside the Investigation and Greatest Manhunt in the West)

Pete's 3rd book FCPete's 3rd book BC

May, 1998 – Three heavily-armed, survivalist, para-military men steal a commercial water truck and ambush Cortez, Colorado Police Officer Dale Claxton. This is the complete inside story of that cold-blooded murder, decade-long investigation and search as only a few can tell it. And until now, no one involved in the case has.

Pete Klismet was one of the original FBI Special Agents to arrive in the hours after the death of Officer Claxton, which was followed by a wild, bullet-riddled chase through Cortez, rivaling anything seen in an action movie. Three officers were seriously wounded, seven police cars were put out of commission, and an entire community and region of the west was terrorized.

Award-winning author Klismet captivated readers with his books FBI DIARY: PROFILES OF EVIL and FBI ANIMAL HOUSE.  He has done it again with his latest release by Global Publishing Group. Readers will step into the shoes of an FBI Agent as he works with many others to put together the pieces and uncover the clues the killers have left behind.  FBI DIARY:  HOME GROWN TERROR is spine-tingling suspense that heightens the senses and creates awareness of what really happened behind the scenes. It is a meticulously-researched book, with every chapter ending in a cliff-hanger that drives the reader on to the next.

Available in print and Ebook from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords. Information on the Author and his latest release can be found at: www.GlobalPublishingGroupLLC.com.

Contact the author via eMail at crimeprof@yahoo.com to schedule an interview about this riveting book.

 (Hope you’ll leave a comment or contact one of us via Facebook or e-mail to let us know you stopped by.)

Jackie’s books: FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST (trade paperback & Kindle) http://www.amazon.com. WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW  (trade paperback & Kindle) http://www.amazon.com. Paperback http://www.shopOTPbooks.com & .barnesandnoble.com

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About jtzortman

The author of "WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW" - A Grandparent's Journey Through Grief and first place award winning fiction novel "FOOTPRINTS IN THE FROST", I am also a contributing author in the anthologies "Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides", "American Blue", "Recipes by the Book: Oak Tree Authors Cook" and "The Centennial Book of The National Society of Daughters of the Union 1861-1865". I've had numerous articles, poems and short stories published since 1990. I am a Charter Member of the Public Safety Writers Association and a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. I have won 9 writing awards. I live in a quaint Colorado mountain tourist town with my husband and Siamese cat and when deeps snows blanket the terrain and spectacular views from my windows, it becomes the perfect spot in which to write.
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13 Responses to MEET RETIRED F.B.I. AGENT & AUTHOR PETE KLISMET

  1. John M. Wills says:

    Good interview, covering a lot of ground.

  2. jtzortman says:

    Thanks, John. Pete gets the credit since he did most of the “heavy lifting”. He asked me a month or two ago if I’d host him for his book about Cortez since I live so close. I won an award in PSWA in 2013 for my “Siege at Cortez”, so have a special and personal interest in that story. Pete ‘s book is great!
    Jackie

  3. What a fascinating first guest!

    • jtzortman says:

      Thanks, Nancy. Yes, Pete is an interesting guy with interesting careers. It’s fun when your first-time hosting job is a good friend that jumps right in to help and won’t get angry if you fail.

  4. A wonderful interview with a real “character” in the field of law enforcement writing! Entertaining and informative.

  5. jtzortman says:

    Had to smile at your description of Pete, Thonie. You are right on the mark, however. Thanks so much for stopping by. Pete and I both appreciate it.

  6. Very nice, I can’t wait to read Pete’s new book! It’s in my possession but I haven’t had the time yet!

  7. mmgornell says:

    Yes, like John says, this is a good interview. I met and heard Pete speak at PSWA a couple years back–and so glad I did. He’s knowledgeable, generous with information and time, and has a great personality! So, Jackie, great choice for your first interview. I’ve read Profiles of Evil, but haven’t read Animal House or Home Grown Terror yet–but they’re on my list (loved Profiles of Evil–though unfortunately read after I’d written a book where the protagonist’s backstory was as a profiler. Wouldn’t you know!)

    • jtzortman says:

      Hi Mad – Pete and I have been friends for some time and he’s fun to sit and talk with. I’ve read all three of his books and they’re great. My favorite is HOME GROWN TERROR because I remember it well, being rather close to where I live. I wrote an article about The Siege at Cortez for an editor at the time and won a PSWA Award for it in 2013. So, HOME GROWN TERROR (as stated in the interview) is near and dear to my heart. Thanks for stopping by and letting us know you did.
      Jackie

    • jtzortman says:

      Mad – Absolutely no problem with the Thonie thing. That sort of thing happens to me more times than I like to admit. I can delete your first comment, but it’s so nice, I don’t want to do that, so don’t give it another thought.

      Jackie

  8. I met Pete at PSWA 2014; this is a great interview. A good start Jackie!

    • jtzortman says:

      Thanks, Virgil. My blog has been up for years, but I’ve never hosted a guest author before. Pete asked me a couple of months ago to host him because Cortez, CO (site for his book HOME GROWN TERROR) is close to where I live and I remember the incident well. My husband’s officers went down to help on their days off, at the time. Since I’m super comfortable with Pete, I agreed to jump in and try my hand at hosting. So far, it seems to be going well. He’s sold several books from it, which is great.

      Jackie

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