True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"The daring cleverness of both Wild and Sheppard makes for fun historical reading."
How the beginnings of true crime reporting and the birth of tabloid journalism can be tagged to Daniel Defoe's years in prison for libelous sedition. Read full book review >
BLOOD IN THE FIELDS by Julia Reynolds
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A sprawling, literary true-crime effort that will reward patient readers with its gloomy account of an unstoppable, violent subculture."
Brisk, detailed exposé of the little-understood gang Nuestra Familia.
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TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"While certain technical portions may be difficult for some readers, true-crime enthusiasts will find the payoff worth the effort."
The history of one of the foundational elements of entertainment media today—forensic evidence—and how it is that we make sense of it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"An entertaining and provocative portrait of a man whose dichotomies were largely a product of the violent times in which he thrived."
The big life and fast times of one of the most charismatic and dangerous good ol' boys in America's criminal history. Read full book review >
WORKING STIFF by Judy Melinek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A transfixing account of death, from the mundane to the oddly hair-raising."
A lively chronicle of a death investigator's days, from forensic pathologist Melinek and her husband, Mitchell. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sound, sobering report that's more educative than eye-opening."
A scholarly treatise on the case for American penal reform. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Both sophisticated and rowdy, Mindermann reminds us that the cops and FBI often wore white hats during their darker days in the 1960s and '70s."
Mindermann's personal story as a San Francisco police officer who became an FBI special agent in Washington, D.C., during the Nixon administration. Read full book review >
BOSTON MOB by Mark Songini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 2014

"A by-the-numbers prequel to the rise of Whitey Bulger's informant-riddled empire."
The sad, true, bloody story of Boston's Winter Hill Gang. Read full book review >
THE WRONG CARLOS by James S. Liebman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 8, 2014

"Death penalty opponents now have a definitive example to cite; death penalty proponents have an agonizing case to consider."
A Columbia Law School professor and some of his students gather and present evidence establishing the innocence of Carlos DeLuna, executed for murder in Texas in 1989. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR ANNE PERRY by Joanne Drayton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"Occasionally uneven but a pleasure for Perry's loyal fans and a book that is likely to win her some new ones as well."
Literary biographer Drayton (Design/Unitec Institute of Technology; Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime, 2008, etc.) turns her attention to novelist Anne Perry (b. 1938) and the past she couldn't keep hidden. Read full book review >
GETTING LIFE by Michael Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"An intimate, gripping portrayal of a grievous miscarriage of justice."
A man falsely convicted of murdering his wife shares his story. Read full book review >
THE SKELETON CREW by Deborah Halber
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 2014

"Both charming and disturbing, Halber's accessible, personalized style is engaging despite being somewhat at odds with the grisly aspects of her topic."
Account of the eccentric online communities that have transformed the forensic identification of deceased missing persons. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >