True Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

CONFESSIONS OF A CARTEL HIT MAN by Martin  Corona
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"An unusual, self-aggrandizing, ground-level look at the dangerous milieu of Mexican cartels."
Account of a reformed gangster's employment with the Arrelano-Felix Brothers drug cartel. Read full book review >
Released: July 18, 2017

"Dense, comprehensive arguments certain to bring awareness to the epidemic of police brutality against historically vulnerable at-risk minority groups."
A race and gender researcher and equality activist delivers a thorough treatise on police brutality. Read full book review >

AMERICAN FIRE by Monica Hesse
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2017

"A true-crime saga that works in every respect."
A captivating narrative about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama. Read full book review >
POLICING THE BLACK MAN by Angela J.  Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"Good fuel for the fire for those who decry the rise of corporate power, a rise unlikely to be altered by the current administration."
Fierce indictment of a parallel-universe judicial system that punishes the poor but increasingly lets the rich walk away from the wreckage of their crimes. Read full book review >

THE DARKENING WEB by Alexander  Klimburg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Klimburg delivers an urgent warning that civil libertarians and cybernauts alike will want to heed."
Of the free internet and its discontents, who are many and powerful. Read full book review >
CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2017

"The book will please Mafia completists, but the overall arc will feel more familiar than revelatory to most true-crime readers."
A straightforward update to the notorious 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist. Read full book review >
THE HOT ONE by Carolyn Murnick
Released: June 20, 2017

"An original and engaging, if uneven, fusion of memoir and true-crime."
A New York media worker tries to comprehend a glamorous friend's murder. Read full book review >
DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. Read full book review >
THE GRIM SLEEPER by Christine Pelisek
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"True-crime fans will greatly appreciate Pelisek's detail and determination, but some will find the minutiae overwhelming."
It took 30 years for justice to catch up with the serial killer dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" by LA Weekly, where crime reporter Pelisek (now at People) covered the story. In her first book, she follows the case from her first article in 2008 to its final day in court in 2016. Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >