True Crime Book Reviews

AMERICAN FIRE by Monica Hesse
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2017

"A true-crime saga that works in every respect."
A captivating narrative about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama. Read full book review >
POLICING THE BLACK MAN by Angela J.  Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >

CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A powerful evocation of the raw pain of emotional scars."
An accomplished literary debut weaves memoir and true-crime investigation. Read full book review >
LIST OF 10 by C.L. Swinney
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2017

"With great diligence, the author illuminates the murderer's darkest thoughts without romanticizing them—and gives the victims the written equivalent of a proper burial."
The haunting stories of 10 slain women (4 of whom were never found) constitute this analysis of the hunt for serial killer Joseph Naso. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A stirring book that explores numerous aspects of racism in Alabama and the nation as a whole."
An examination of an infamous 1957 conviction of a young, black Army veteran for the murder of a white police officer that more broadly delineates the struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >
AMERICAN KINGPIN by Nick Bilton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, readable true-crime tale that frames the likely future of the underground economy."
Engrossing account of the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the now-shuttered online drug bazaar the Silk Road. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Talty is an excellent storyteller, and this particular story is highly relevant as America's next set of immigrants struggles for acceptance."
A thrilling tale of the "Italian Sherlock Holmes." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A fascinating study not just of a historical crime and its consequences, but also its unintended effects."
Summer of Sam? Fuggedaboudit. If you want to scare a New Yorker of a certain age, evoke the Mad Bomber, the subject of this taut true-crime whodunit. Read full book review >
MONEY, MURDER, AND DOMINICK DUNNE by Robert Hofler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A spirited biography of a complicated, combative, self-aggrandizing, and tormented man."
The gossip-filled, star-studded life of a writer who thrived on scandal. Read full book review >
KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON by David Grann
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Dogged original research and superb narrative skills come together in this gripping account of pitiless evil."
Greed, depravity, and serial murder in 1920s Oklahoma. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement."
Firsthand account of Cold War espionage from the FBI agent who uncovered it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >