JonBenet Investigators Clash

Lawrence Schiller says writing his new book, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town, was not an attempt to solve the JonBenet Ramsey murder mystery, CBS News Correspondent Diana Olick reports.

"I wasn't interested in the JonBenet murder per se," Schiller says, "but I was interested in using it as a window to look at the prosecution's side of the case because in the Simpson matter, I had looked at it through the defense point of view."

Schiller is also the author of American Tragedy, which chronicled the O.J. Simpson case.

Perfect Murder, Perfect Town begins at the moment Patsy Ramsey cried out for help in a 911 call, claiming her daughter had been kidnapped.

As the book unfolds, it tells of the rift between the district attorney's office and the Boulder police in the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.

And that conflict is the focus of these almost 600 pages, a rift so many involved in this case say has already destroyed any possibility for justice.

Schiller details the conversations behind police resignations and firings engendered by the investigation.

The author even tells of police wiretapping a conversation designed to bring down District Attorney Alex Hunter, who has been criticized for shying away from major prosecutions.

"Alex Hunter has a philosophy that he would rather use honey than vinegar," Schiller said. "The cops would rather throw somebody in jail and use the vinegar and hope they would roll over. So here you had something beyond just frustration."

Schiller managed to find a way to reach the actual detectives working on the case.

"Eventually, people realized that I was prepared to stay as long as necessary to find out what was happening in Boulder. I was not there to find out who the killer of JonBenet was."

The book also details evidence that could be used against the Ramseys, much of which has already been reported.

Right now, a grand jury in the murder investigation is still studying the evidence and is expected to finish sometime in March.