True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

CHASING GIDEON by Karen Houppert
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 >
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 >

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 >
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
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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Will interest Mafia aficionados, but too scattered and heavy-handed to find a wider audience."
The account of an Italian-American police officer whose friends included both law enforcement officials and "wise guys" in 1960s-era New York City. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A skillfully written tale of technology and wealth, celebrity and murder and the nativity of today's dominant art and entertainment medium."
National Book Award winner Ball (Writing/Yale Univ.; The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA, 2007, etc.) returns with a complex story about railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and the murdering man who for a time was his protégé, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"An absorbing study focused on the questionable cost of gathering secrets."
A study of the British intelligence service in which the author ponders an important question: Did the Cold War threat really warrant the grand drama and danger required in betraying country and friendships? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >