True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A ghastly, dizzying descent into the coldblooded clannishness of the Southern racist mindset."
A dogged pursuit takes a journalist into uncomfortable corners of her Southern family's complicity in a small-town lynching. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A useful primer on the enduring nature of political machines and the slippery qualities of power."
An unadorned memoir of prosecuting political corruption in Brooklyn. Read full book review >

WANTED by Robert M. Utley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A rollicking but thin nonfictional rendering of two of history's most mythologized outlaws."
A comparative study of the simultaneous late-19th-century rises of iconic gunfighters Billy the Kid (1859-1881) and Ned Kelly (1854-1880). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2015

"An urgent but evenhanded treatise that deserves a wide readership."
In Norwegian-born attorney Turrettini's dispiriting estimation, there are plenty of lone wolves out there, young men—almost always young men—so disconnected from the world that killing is the only form of self-expression they think is left to them. Read full book review >
THE CON MEN by Terry Williams
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A thoroughly researched academic study accessible to general readers."
Two sociology professors' survey of New York con artists and how these reviled but crafty opportunists manage to make a living in the city's informal economy. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disturbing but necessary book."
An investigative reporter sheds light on a shocking decadeslong sex scandal at a prestigious New York prep school. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A good read for anyone interested in confidence men and the history of Wall Street."
The tale of an early-20th-century con man who swindled millions through horse racing, mining claims, and penny stocks. Read full book review >
HE KILLED THEM ALL by Jeanine Pirro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A concise, no-holds-barred retelling of the Robert Durst investigation and murder trial from the woman who pursued justice to the bitter end."
The district attorney who reopened a 17-year-old cold case tells her side of the story. Read full book review >
THE BEGINNING AND END OF RAPE by Sarah Deer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"An incisive and imperative academic study."
A blunt, trenchant exposé on the history and impact of sexual violence on indigenous tribal nations. Read full book review >
THEY ALL LOVE JACK by Bruce Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A ripping good read, strange, suggestive, and memorable."
A wild ride down the back alleys of London in the service of "Ripperology." Read full book review >
INSIDE THE CELL by Erin E. Murphy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A specialized work that will appeal to attorneys, investigators, crime writers, and others on the frontiers of forensic DNA laws and technologies."
A critique of the criminal justice system's overreliance on forensic DNA, focused on legal and scientific questions underlying the topic's CSI glamour.Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"An enjoyable read for wine connoisseurs and neophytes alike."
The events and characters behind a 2005 Napa fire that caused the greatest destruction of wine in history: 4.5 million bottles worth more than $250 million. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >