True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fiction or not, a decent book, easily read and worth it for the ending."
James Willoughby Carnac admits in his autobiography that he is Jack the Ripper; but it is the curator of the Montacute TV, Radio, and Toy Museum in Somerset, Alan Hicken, who has brought the book to light. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A decent addition to a growing body of work about polygamy, the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness."
With the assistance of Cook (Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter, 2009, etc.), Musser describes her transition from obedient daughter and wife in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a key witness in court cases against church leaders, including the "Prophet" Warren Jeffs. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The definitive account of one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals."
What really happened between Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe in that San Francisco hotel room on September 5, 1921? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham bombing, this account, though ineptly written, does wrap up a sorry episode in the city's history and may have considerable local appeal."
The overly detailed story of a decades-late and yearslong investigation into the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, in which four young black girls were killed. Read full book review >
HOT PROWL by Jack Gray
TRUE CRIME
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"Painstakingly researched, exhaustive and direct; true-crime enthusiasts will not be disappointed."
This debut true-crime bookoffers a meticulously detailed account of the Original Night Stalker, who terrorized California for years and was never caught. Read full book review >

THE INTERNET POLICE by Nate Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2013

"A thought-provoking primer on the state of cybercrime."
A nuanced study of crime on the Internet and how government and law enforcement agencies have been tackling it. Read full book review >
CRAZY RICH by Jerry Oppenheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A gossipy, character-driven saga suggesting that the spoiled rich are their own worst enemies."
A prolific biographer of the rich and infamous, Oppenheimer (Madoff with the Money, 2009, etc.) digs into five generations of the Johnson family, "the most dysfunctional family in the Fortune 500." Read full book review >
UNDERCOVER COP by Michael Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime readers interested in the grimy realities behind Mafia glamour and undercover work."
Memoir of infiltration of the New Jersey Mafia, told with bluster and bravado. Read full book review >
MANSON by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A compulsively readable account of a murderer who continues to fascinate."
Guinn (The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—and How It Changed the American West, 2011, etc.) paints a striking, full-length portrait of one of American history's most notorious sociopaths. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Riveting reading from start to finish."
A prominent New York attorney's unsparing account of how she and her four siblings survived extreme abuse and neglect at the hands of their mentally ill mother. Read full book review >
THE NYPD TAPES by Graham A. Rayman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A fantastic story with enough minor flaws to irritate but enough real-life drama to keep readers coming back."
Village Voice staff writer Rayman turns his newspaper series about NYPD corruption into a full-length book. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime buffs wondering what seamy secrets lie behind the bikers' vows of brotherhood and silence."
Straightforward account of the transnational rise of outlaw motorcycle gangs since the 1980s. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >