True Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"An intriguing story told in the style of Thomas Hardy or George Eliot, if they traded in true crime."
The mystery of what happened in the summer of 1889 "beneath the skin of propriety and manners" at a British mansion. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Worsley ably shows how audiences drove writers, actors and purveyors of news to satisfy their morbid curiosities."
Worsley (If Walls Could Talk: An Intimate History of the Home, 2012, etc.) explains England's love affair with scandals, lurid murders and executions. Read full book review >

BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >
DRUGS UNLIMITED by Mike Power
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A compelling, accessible perspective on the global e-tail drug market."
A comprehensive report on how the Internet has revolutionized illicit narcotic sales. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Informative but often unwieldy history of a pivotal period for race relations in the American South."
A Reconstruction-era kidnapping incident in the Deep South gets put under the historical microscope. Read full book review >

ALICE + FREDA FOREVER by Alexis Coe
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A historically resonant reminder of how far societal tolerance has come and that it still remains a work in progress."
The story of a Gilded Age-era homicide that stunned a nation with its sheer violence and tabooed origins. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story."
A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter explores with nearly Javert-ian persistence one of the early cases of traffic fatalities caused by texting while driving.
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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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >