True Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A fascinating account of counterintelligence in the pre-cyber era and a reminder of how an astute interviewer can be an invaluable asset to law enforcement."
Firsthand account of Cold War espionage from the FBI agent who uncovered it. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO JONESTOWN by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A vivid, fascinating revisitation of a time and series of episodes fast receding into history even as their forgotten survivors still walk among us."
"Kool-Aid rather than equality is what the rest of the world remembers"—a searing account of what has since become a byword for religious cultism. Read full book review >

CONVICTING AVERY by Michael D. Cicchini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Will engage fans of the series and readers who wonder if prosecutors really do cut corners in their campaigns against serious criminals."
Rebuttal of the case against Steven Avery, from a defense attorney who sees larger patterns of malfeasance in Wisconsin justice. Read full book review >
H.H. HOLMES by Adam Selzer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A passion for Holmes lore will lead to appreciation for the depth of background and lesser criminal exploits described in great detail, but the audience will remain limited."
An attempt to unmask an infamous mass murderer. Read full book review >
ALGER HISS by Joan Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"If you're inclined to disbelieve the official record, Brady's book, less than definitive but more than circumstantial, will confirm your view."
Britain-based American novelist Brady (The Blue Death, 2012, etc.) offers an unusual perspective on Alger Hiss (1904-1996), the aristocrat reduced to traveling salesman. Read full book review >

SCARED SELFLESS by Michelle Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A raw and powerful account from a survivor of unspeakable abuse."
A psychologist recounts the sexual abuse/enslavement she suffered as a child and how she overcame its horrific effects on her life as a teenager and an adult. Read full book review >
DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intriguing inside look at international espionage."
The making of "an undercover agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union." Read full book review >
THE POPE OF BROOKLYN by Joseph Di Prisco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some solipsistic meandering, a deft, amusing, and tough memoir."
A literary son traces his fugitive father in a pulpy yet cerebral memoir. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >
DOWN CITY by Leah Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An honest and probing memoir of coming to terms with family."
A debut memoirist tells the story of her mother's brutal murder and her difficult relationship with her father, who followed his wife to the grave 14 years later. Read full book review >
AGENT 110 by Scott Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Entertaining for both its historical insights into WWII and its dramatic narrative."
A doozy of a dossier on Allen Dulles and his early days spying during World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A thoroughly researched, clearly presented book that suggests that imprecise brain science will become increasingly more common as evidence in criminal cases."
American Bar Association Journal editor Davis (Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office, 2007, etc.) engagingly explores how sophisticated brain studies might help explain the causes of violent crimes. 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 >