The Ledge is a true-life account of tragedy and survival

True Adventure 

The Ledge is a true-life account of tragedy and survival.

By Kristine Abrams Gresh

Did you check out Jim Davidson’s The Ledge (written with Kevin Vaughan)? I was looking for an intense true adventure book and I got it. It’s the account of two friends, Davidson and his pal Mike Price, who set out to climb Mt. Rainer. They summit, they celebrate, but then tragedy strikes on the descent. Davidson recounts how he not only survived, but how it changed him (and his life) in the years after.

On the surface, it’s a story about ice climbing––and a good one. It even gets into some of the more technical aspects of climbing and rope work and what gear does what––yet it’s a story that’s also relatable to someone who’s never stepped foot on a snow-covered mountain. Overall, it’s a story that dives into friendship, sadness, overcoming the seemingly impossible, and coming to a sort of personal peace with an event––perhaps even bringing something of value back from a heart-breaking incident. I’m glad I read it and it’s inspired me to go out and buy a book I’ve always wanted to read, another true adventure/tragedy story, Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer.


Acclaimed Anthem author Kerrie Droban releases new book.

Now on to something you can’t go out and buy just yet, but you can pre-order it, or you can come to the launch event for it on Sep. 19. Local author alert! Let me explain.

Kerrie Droban, a critically acclaimed, best-selling, multi-award-winning author and criminal defense attorney (based in Anthem!) has a new book out and I think we as a community should be among the first to read it.

The Last Chicago Boss: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club (Droban and Peter “Big Pete” James) will be released Sept. 19. It’s Peter “Big Pete” James’ powerful memoir about becoming “The Godfather” of the Chicago Outlaws.

“Big Pete,” a legend in the biker community, was the most revered gangster in the Outlaw Nation. Being compared to the hit television series Sons of Anarchy, the book promises to be full of stories of extortion, contract murders, drug and arms trafficking, money laundering and assassinations. It will show the startling and unprecedented inner workings of the Outlaw Nation, from the unique perspective of its renowned leader, through never-before-revealed interviews, police files, wiretaps, recordings, and trial transcripts.

Kerrie‘s written several true crime books, which twice won her the USA News National Book Award for Best True Crime and Best Memoir. She’s been a keynote speaker at gang task force conferences and a speaker at various writing conferences around the country. She’s also appeared on national television, such as CNBC’s American Greed, A Widow’s Web, A&E’s Gangland, Behind Enemy Lines, and the Discovery Channel’s Deadly Devotion. Safe to say, she knows the true crime category!

And, in keeping with our amazing local author tradition, Kerrie has agreed to give us some time to read the book and she will answer a few questions in November’s column––make sure to check back.

Let’s read, 85086!


Anthem’s Kerrie Droban will be on hand to sign her latest book, The Last Chicago Boss: My Life with the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.


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