True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

HISTORY
Released: April 2, 2013

"Because the names, titles and governmental forms will be unfamiliar to most Western readers, the narrative can feel like tough going at times, but the authors weave a fascinating, dark narrative web."
A true-crime murder mystery from 2011 set in a remote Chinese city, with an outsized impact on governance of the vast nation. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 2013

"A fascinating, convoluted murder mystery demonstrating that the law should never be confused with common sense."
A detailed examination of a 1962 double murder that may have resulted in a wrongful conviction. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: March 26, 2013

"A flawed but stylistic story that uses the elements of a terrible crime to fuel a meditation on Western culture."
A journalist speculates on the true, if blurry story behind one of America's largest manhunts. Read full book review >
AND HELL FOLLOWED WITH HER by David Neiwert
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 26, 2013

"A sweeping account of some of the major players in the Minuteman Project, though the ambitious narrative occasionally becomes unfocused."
A scouring investigation of the unorthodox methods of the anti-immigration Minuteman Project. Read full book review >
CHASING GIDEON by Karen Houppert
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 19, 2013

"A well-researched and -written investigation that shows the inadequacies in stark human terms rather than as an abstraction."
A journalist explores the quality of indigent defense 50 years after Gideon v. Wainwright mandated adequate counsel for any person charged with a felony. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2013

"A searing account of rights and laws, crime and punishment."
An advocate for the rights of families of murder victims finds common ground with lawyers working to reverse death sentences. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2013

"A blur of pulpy violence that may appeal to those who romanticize the biker lifestyle. The book is quite similar to George Rowe's Gods of Mischief (2013)."
Fevered yet strangely generic account of a lawbreaker who came to enjoy a high-risk occupation: infiltrating outlaw motorcycle gangs. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 3, 2013

"A shocking look at the subculture of violent crime, not for the fainthearted."
A graphic recounting of a series of gruesome murders involving young males. Read full book review >
LAW AND DISORDER by John Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"The prose is mostly workmanlike, but in a culture besotted with serial killers, Douglas can claim a rare authenticity regarding the evil that men do."
From a pioneer of behavioral analysis, a look at notorious murder investigations marred by controversy. Read full book review >
GODS OF MISCHIEF by George Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Plausible yet incomplete account of biker criminality, delivered with more grime than romanticism."
Brash account of a reformed bad boy's decision to help the federal government take down "Green Nation," the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Gritty, effective, personalized tale of the outlaw lifestyle and its consequences."
Pulpy, engrossing account of losing a family member to a senseless murder and retribution delivered through the criminal justice system. Read full book review >
ANOTHER FORGOTTEN CHILD by Cathy Glass
TRUE CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A straightforward, full documentation of the challenges encountered in providing care to society's most neglected children."
Diaristic account of providing foster care to a woefully abused child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >