True Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

HISTORY
Released: July 9, 2013

"An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman's entry into prostitution."
In his debut, New York magazine contributor Kolker delves into the disappearances and murders of five women, all working as escorts in the New York metropolitan area. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"A well-researched, clearly written biography of a strange character."
Longtime magazine journalist Kobel (Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture, 2007) documents the controversial life and death of Professor John Buettner-Janusch (1924-1992), the world's expert on lemurs and a man so out of control that he served two prison terms for two separate crimes. Read full book review >

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Peter Lance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"It's often difficult—if not downright overwhelming—to keep track of the many players in this story, but aficionados of Mafia history and those concerned with FBI corruption will find this thorough investigation satisfying."
ABC news correspondent Lance (Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI, 2009) delivers an exhaustive examination into the life and crimes of Mafia capo Gregory Scarpa Sr. and his questionable decadeslong relationship with the FBI. Read full book review >
VINNY GORGEOUS by Anthony M. DeStefano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"Enthusiasts likely already know the details of Basciano's trials, and casual readers will be better served by other, clearer accounts."
From organized crime specialist DeStefano (Mob Killer, 2011, etc.), a convoluted exploration of the career of Mafioso Vincent Basciano, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Supermax facility. Read full book review >
THE SKIES BELONG TO US by Brendan I. Koerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"A riveting, highly readable tale of terror in the skies."
A chronicle of the 1972 skyjacking of Western Airlines Flight 701. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: June 11, 2013

"Informative, provocative, and challenging in a way that belies its somewhat silly title, this book is a must-read for those interested in criminal psychology and issues of domestic violence."
A former crime reporter takes on the unthinkable topic of men who murder their own children in this book that melds true crime, anthropology, and issues of social justice. Read full book review >
RUN, BROTHER, RUN by David Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Engrossing family history and an appealingly salacious tale, related in a bemused tone that does not hide the social ugliness and personal heartbreak underneath."
Gritty memoir with unusual connections to the criminal underworld, the legal world and Hollywood. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN MEXICO by Alfredo Corchado
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2013

"People are willing to do anything about Latin America other than read about it, or so it's been said. This is one book about Latin America that merits attention."
Mexico-born U.S. journalist Corchado frames a portrait of a torn nation within an account of escaping his own murder. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 7, 2013

"An eye-opening story about the relations among politics, business and justice."
A well-constructed nonfiction legal thriller from prizewinning journalist Leamer (Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 16, 2013

"Though not always polished, the writing is generally solid, and the story is interesting enough to keep most true-crime fans happy."
Investigative reporter and true-crime vet Glatt (Love Her to Death, 2012, etc.) turns his attention to the story of a rich playboy's gruesome murder. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 11, 2013

"A no-holds-barred indictment of the system, filled with memorable anecdotes and accessibly written."
Two high-profile defense lawyers pull back the curtain on the U.S. criminal justice system and find much to criticize. Read full book review >
RACE TO INCARCERATE by Marc Mauer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 2, 2013

"A worthy tool for liberal educators, but it is not likely to change the minds of conservatives who feel that prisoners are getting what they deserve."
A graphic primer on the inequities of the American penal system, presumably aimed at students who have yet to form an opinion on the subject. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >