True Crime Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"This first-rate journey into human trafficking, slavery, and familial bonding is an engrossing example of spirited, determined reportage."
A consummate chronicler of the American South spotlights the extraordinary history of two kidnapped African-American brothers enslaved as a circus sideshow act. Read full book review >

THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON by Shaun Assael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Assael offers a good starting point for another book to build on his revelations."
ESPN investigative reporter Assael (Steroid Nation, 2007, etc.) builds a strong case that the boxer was murdered, but why and by whom remains a mystery. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED THESE GIRLS? by Beverly Lowry
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A grisly primer on criminal justice in the byzantine American system—will appeal to true-crime aficionados but likely not a larger audience."
An exhaustive examination of an unsolved 1991 murder of four teenage girls at a frozen yogurt shop in Austin, Texas. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Important, deeply affecting, and certain to alarm readers who care about the lives of children in a gun-ridden society."
The tragic stories of 10 kids killed by gunfire. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Though written as if in a first-thought, best-thought reverie, there's useful wheat among the chaff."
This ain't your grandpa's reefer madness but instead a swirling, energetic, decidedly offbeat history of a man and a time history has largely forgotten, and not for any lack of effort of his own. Read full book review >
CONCRETE CARNIVAL by Danner Darcleight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"A provocative work focused on empathy and redemption rather than the setting's natural grime and melodrama."
Candid account of life in a maximum security prison. Read full book review >
BLOOD AT THE ROOT by Patrick Phillips
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An impressive reckoning with a shameful piece of the past that 'most natives of Forsyth would prefer to leave…scattered in the state's dusty archives or safely hidden in plain sight.'"
A history of white supremacy's endurance in a Georgia county. Read full book review >
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN INNOCENT by James Duane
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Well-informed, scary, sobering, and sure to tick off police officers and prosecutors even as it contributes to keeping innocent people out of jail."
Building on his much-viewed YouTube video "Don't Talk to the Police," former criminal defense attorney and legal scholar Duane (Regent Univ. School of Law) offers a cogent, concise argument for keeping silent. Read full book review >
WOLF BOYS by Dan Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Engrossing and readable yet nightmarish vision of a hyperviolent and corporatized narcotics industry, seducing a new generation with minimal alternatives."
A grisly yet compelling tale of impoverished Mexican-American youth molded into assassins by Los Zetas, the fearsome drug cartel. Read full book review >
MURDER IN THE BAYOU by Ethan Brown
TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Compulsively readable true crime provoking questions about policing, poverty, and the ritualized brutality of the rural South."
Grisly account of unsolved murders in a small Louisiana town. Read full book review >
DO YOU KNOW HOW TO FLY? by Gordon Kuhn
TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 11, 2016

"A thoughtful, engaging account of a brutal life and the carnage that it left behind."
Kuhn's debut true-crime story shows how a violent man's life led him to death row. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >