True Crime Book Reviews (page 2)

REST IN POWER by Sybrina Fulton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A brave, heart-rending narrative from the parents who lost their son far too soon."
The parents of Trayvon Martin (1995-2012) tell their sides of the story about his death. Read full book review >
THE SPIDER AND THE FLY by Claudia Rowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Uneven but capably written. Rowe leaves readers wishing for a more satisfying solution to one puzzle while feeling relief in the resolution of the other."
What happens when a reporter has the willpower and tenacity to try to overcome a serial killer's refusal to communicate? Read full book review >

AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Lawrence Millman
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Even those who find the jeremiad too strident should be impressed with the manner by which Millman connects the dots."
A true-crime account of an Arctic mass murder in the 1940s blends subtly with a prophecy about the dangers of cyberaddiction. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination."
The author of Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster—The Creators of Superman (2013) returns with the astonishing story of the first female U.S. district attorney. Read full book review >
THE MAN WITH THE POISON GUN by Serhii Plokhy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A thrilling, well-researched tale of espionage that has all the spycraft hallmarks of a blockbuster movie."
The story of Ukrainian Bogdan Stashinsky's rise from an agricultural student to a KGB assassin who defected to the West in 1961. Read full book review >

STAND TALL by Dewey Bozella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A harrowing and inspiring account of fighting a nearly lifelong battle against injustice."
One man's struggle to stay positive when he was incarcerated for a crime he didn't commit. Read full book review >
THE CHIBOK GIRLS by Helon Habila
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Both an informative primer on Nigeria's history of Islamist conflict and a passionate testimonial on behalf of the 218 Chibok girls still missing."
An empathetic inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the 2014 kidnapping of 276 girls from the Chibok Secondary School in Nigeria by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A better choice for Southern history buffs than for true-crime junkies."
A little-known massacre is brought to light. Read full book review >
A RADICAL FAITH by Eileen Markey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Rich details and solid storytelling convey one nun's story of her dedication to God and her fellow humans."
The biography of a Catholic nun who was murdered while trying to help those in need. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF DAN BRIGHT by Dan Bright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Compelling reading."
A former drug dealer and ex-con chronicles how he became involved in the criminal underworld and managed to escape a wrongful death sentence for murder. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A well-written, mostly engrossing tale of thwarted amateur treason underscoring the disturbing vulnerability of today's intelligence systems."
The account of an eccentric would-be traitor who executed a large-scale heist of American military secrets. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A serviceable addition to the extensive existing scholarship. Though intelligent and thoughtfully documented, considering the source material and colorful subject, the book is a somewhat anemic read, lacking the narrative verve readers expect from Bair."
National Book Award winner Bair (Saul Steinberg, 2012, etc.) examines the life and legend of infamous crime boss Al Capone (1899-1947). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >