True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

ELIOT NESS by Douglas Perry
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Despite minor flaws, there is much to learn and enjoy for crime-solving fans and American history buffs."
A thorough recounting of the career of Eliot Ness (1903-1957), from humble beginning to humble ending, with spectacular fame in between. Read full book review >
Late Night Letters to the Moon by David Timoney
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Revelatory and thought-provoking, a redemptive story that eloquently chronicles the long road to right a wrong."
Timoney's book—"based on some true events"—follows a crooked real estate broker who does time and emerges a better man. Read full book review >

THE MAD SCULPTOR by Harold Schechter
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"For readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders; not for fans of clever police work or investigative reporting."
The fiendish story of "mad sculptor" Robert Irwin (1908-1975), featuring "the kind of lurid goings-on that speak to the secret dreams and dangerous desires of the public." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 27, 2014

"Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page."
The Great Gatsby floats on a limpid river fed by myriads of autobiographical, cultural and historical tributaries. Read full book review >
THE BURGLARY by Betty Medsger
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"Medsger captures the domestic political ferment of the 1970s on a large canvas, though the narrative's extreme detail and depth occasionally make for slow going or repetitive observations."
Ambitious, meticulous account of a successful burglary of the FBI, during a different time of controversy regarding governmental surveillance. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The workmanlike telling of Ogorzow's pursuit and eventual capture lacks a certain impact, though fans of serial-killer narratives will surely be engaged."
Straightforward account of the historical curiosity of a sadistic serial killer preying on women in the heart of Nazi Germany. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A boozy and often funny investigation into a little-understood corner of America."
The clown prince of "trash prose" cracks the coconut-wireless wide open in a hip exposé of Hawaii's North Shore surfing culture. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society."
Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality. Read full book review >
How The English Establishment Framed STEPHEN WARD by Caroline Kennedy
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"A fine investigation of a legal injustice and the cultural upheaval that conjured it."
Modern Britain's splashiest sex-and-politics scandal led to the persecution of an innocent—or at least not especially guilty—man according to this yeasty exposé of the Profumo Affair, reissued for the 50th anniversary of the debacle. Read full book review >
THE SIEGE by Cathy Scott-Clark
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"A great read that gives readers a better understanding of a terrorist attack from many points of view."
Well-researched account of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, with plenty of firsthand detail. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An inspiring jail companion guidebook brimming with straight-talking tough love."
Sage, dignified adjuration for the imprisoned. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Stone may be right, but his book is unlikely to convince anyone who doesn't already agree."
Another in the long line of JFK assassination conspiracy books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >