She fell in love with him, they married and then she found out who he was: a conman who was determined to destroy her.
The instant bestselling story of Lee Mackenzie, who was a capable and confident young woman, studying broadcast journalism and honing her skills of observation and objectivity. She was also a little unworldly, the product of a small, rural Western Canadian community where doors were never locked and life was simple and direct. On a backpacking trip in the UK, she met the man who would become her husband. A man who everyone agreed was one of the most intelligent, charming people they had ever met. Easy to like, easy to believe. Easy to love. A man without mercy who shattered her emotionally, psychologically and financially.
Decades later, Kenner Jones is at large today, having committed crimes around the world under a series of fake names and personas. He has been described—by a seasoned US immigration officer—as "the best conman I have ever encountered."
No one got closer to Kenner Jones than Lee Mackenzie. In The Charming Predator, he is unmasked for the first time.
LEE MACKENZIE was born in Ladysmith, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She spent 21 years as a broadcast journalist and news anchor: with CBC Television in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Windsor, Ontario; and Edmonton, Alberta; with CBC Radio in London, UK; and with CHEK television in Victoria, British Columbia. When she left journalism she and her husband Harv moved to Powell River, on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast. Lee is a member of the administrative staff at her local detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and is a professional artist.
"Lee Mackenzie had brains, looks and talent. . . . So how could she fall for a con man who very nearly destroyed her and who managed to spread lies and misery across three continents? For every time you've read a tale of the criminal's wife (Ruth Madoff, are you listening?) and wondered 'How did she not know?', this is your answer. . . . How he does it, how she got out of the trap and how he managed to slip out of Canada and spread his cons elsewhere make this true-crime book solid reading." —The Globe and Mail
"This is the surprisingly well-documented story of [Mackenzie's] courtship and marriage, a brief union that cleaned out her bank account and brought the cops to her door. Jones comes across as a troubled man with a pathological need to deceive and betray, perhaps no one more than himself." —Toronto Star
"This is no ordinary true-crime book. . . . It's a riveting memoir." —The Chronicle Herald