True Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

THE SKELETON CREW by Deborah Halber
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 2014

"Both charming and disturbing, Halber's accessible, personalized style is engaging despite being somewhat at odds with the grisly aspects of her topic."
Account of the eccentric online communities that have transformed the forensic identification of deceased missing persons. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >

S STREET RISING by Ruben Castaneda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"The subject matter is explosive and informed by good reporting, but the various narrative lines never really tie together, and the novelistic approach undermines the journalism."
An illumination of the Washington, D.C., crack epidemic. Read full book review >
UNABOMBER by Jim Freeman
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 17, 2014

"Despite its considerable flaws, the book is valuable as a rare insider's account from an agency that does not value transparency."
San Francisco-based FBI administrator Freeman chronicles the agency's two-decade quest to identify and arrest the notorious homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Ira Judelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Will appeal to readers of true crime and law enforcement narratives."
Acidic account of the little-understood profession of bail bondsman. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A fascinating story of ambitions high and low, the ancient yearning to chart a new world and the eternal lure of a quick buck."
The strange, mysterious world of rare maps—and the even stranger mystery of the man who stole them for years without getting caught. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: May 20, 2014

"Despite some truly chilling moments and much to learn, this engrossing case falls flat."
The tale of an entire family succumbing to a tragic string of crimes. Read full book review >
THE POISONER by Stephen Bates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"A pleasantly instructive social history."
Sprightly look at the parochial mid-19th-century England that produced an infamous serial poisoner. Read full book review >
SLAVERY INC. by Lydia Cacho
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2014

"It's clear that Cacho, with such passion for her subject, understands far more than her audience will. Unfortunately, she fails to make the connections for those who don't have her background knowledge."
Award-winning El Universal journalist Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. Here, she chronicles her global travels to document the world of human trafficking. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 13, 2014

"A swift-moving history of and tribute to officers who are 'out there at all hours of the day and night, kicking down doors, stopping vehicles, and arresting heinous fugitives.'"
The story behind the country's oldest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals service, as told by its former associate director for operations Earp, with veteran co-author Fisher (co-author, with Tom Coughlin: Earn the Right to Win, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 5, 2014

"A compelling, nuanced look at the shifting, volatile meaning of American identity in the post-9/11 era."
Well-crafted account of an act of post-9/11 vigilante violence and its long reverberations for its survivors. Read full book review >
LICENSED TO LIE by Sidney Powell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2014

"The author brings the case for judicial redress before the court of public opinion."
A former Justice Department lawyer, who now devotes her private practice to federal appeals, dissects some of the most politically contentious prosecutions of the last 15 years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >