True Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Manaugh's authoritative writing wields a descriptive elegance, but while much in the book seems self-evident, he goes to great lengths to define it, and now and then, this laboring of the obvious results in unnecessary padding."
Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book, 2009) melds a romantic's taste for the furtive with the nitty-gritty of subverting architectural design in this fascinating, occasionally overfurnished examination of the art and science of burglary.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Not entirely satisfying but an engaging true-crime tale nonetheless."
The true story of a serial killer in 1880s Austin, Texas. Read full book review >

THE LONG SHADOW OF SMALL GHOSTS by Laura Tillman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A Helter Skelter for our time, though without a hint of sensationalism—unsettling in the extreme but written with confidence and deep empathy."
A haunted, haunting examination of mental illness and murder in a more or less ordinary American city. Read full book review >
SMUGGLER'S BLUES by Richard Stratton
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 5, 2016

"A wild, entertaining ride that could have been a little shorter."
Former drug smuggler, TV writer, and magazine contributor Stratton (Altered States of America: Outlaws and Icons, Hitmakers and Hitmen, 2006, etc.) revels in his glory days in the drug trade and his eventual downfall at the hands of a determined government agent.Read full book review >
ON BEING RAPED by Raymond M. Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Courageous, sobering, and cathartic."
A searing, self-reflective account of adult male rape. Read full book review >

CONVICTING THE INNOCENT by Stanley Cohen
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2016

"A valuable accounting of a hidden societal plague, likelier to appeal to attorneys, students, and activists than to the police officers, prosecutors, and 'tough on crime' types who should read it."
A disturbing compendium of wrongful convictions resulting in death sentences, focusing on individual stories and patterns of institutional failure. Read full book review >
THE RED PARTS by Maggie Nelson
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 5, 2016

"Meretricious? Maybe. But compelling."
Addicted to true-crime pulp and incisive literary memoir? Poet Nelson serves up both. Read full book review >
THE CRIME OF ALL CRIMES by Nicole Rafter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A comparative criminological approach to genocide, bloodless in pursuit of scientific inquiry and most appropriate for students and specialists."
A criminologist attempts to understand genocide and its etiology. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2016

"With suspicions still extant in the town, the book delivers an eye-opening reminder of ongoing bigotry."
An account of the savage killings of two black couples in an insular, bigoted Georgia town just after World War II. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF THE GUN by Iain Overton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 22, 2016

"A passionate mix of rhetoric and travelogue, Overton's book takes the gun debate into impressive new territory."
In Overton's first book, the British journalist travels the globe to see how the logic of the Second Amendment has affected people beyond America's borders. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE by Óscar Martínez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 8, 2016

"Smart, angry immersive journalism from an author who warrants wider readership on this side of the border."
Hard-hitting exploration of the violence visited by globalization and the narco-economy upon Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. Read full book review >
WOUNDED LIONS by Ronald A. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The mostly dry prose might be unappealing to anybody beyond avid Penn State fans and a somewhat larger potential audience whose members want to understand the dominance of football and basketball at institutions of higher learning."
In the latest in the publisher's Sport and Society series, a retired Pennsylvania State University history professor explores the past, present, and future of major sports, especially football, at Penn State. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >