True Crime Book Reviews (page 4)

ALGER HISS by Joan Brady
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"If you're inclined to disbelieve the official record, Brady's book, less than definitive but more than circumstantial, will confirm your view."
Britain-based American novelist Brady (The Blue Death, 2012, etc.) offers an unusual perspective on Alger Hiss (1904-1996), the aristocrat reduced to traveling salesman. Read full book review >
SCARED SELFLESS by Michelle Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A raw and powerful account from a survivor of unspeakable abuse."
A psychologist recounts the sexual abuse/enslavement she suffered as a child and how she overcame its horrific effects on her life as a teenager and an adult. Read full book review >

DEEP UNDERCOVER by Jack Barsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An intriguing inside look at international espionage."
The making of "an undercover agent spying on behalf of the Soviet Union." Read full book review >
THE POPE OF BROOKLYN by Joseph Di Prisco
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Despite some solipsistic meandering, a deft, amusing, and tough memoir."
A literary son traces his fugitive father in a pulpy yet cerebral memoir. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF INNOCENCE by Laura Caldwell
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 7, 2017

"A searing, unforgettable anthology, with valuable insights provided at the end of each chapter by the editors."
A unique collection of 15 wrongful conviction sagas bound to shake faith in the American criminal justice system. Read full book review >

DOWN CITY by Leah Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"An honest and probing memoir of coming to terms with family."
A debut memoirist tells the story of her mother's brutal murder and her difficult relationship with her father, who followed his wife to the grave 14 years later. Read full book review >
AGENT 110 by Scott Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Entertaining for both its historical insights into WWII and its dramatic narrative."
A doozy of a dossier on Allen Dulles and his early days spying during World War II. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A thoroughly researched, clearly presented book that suggests that imprecise brain science will become increasingly more common as evidence in criminal cases."
American Bar Association Journal editor Davis (Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office, 2007, etc.) engagingly explores how sophisticated brain studies might help explain the causes of violent crimes. Read full book review >
ILLUSION OF JUSTICE by Jerome F.  Buting
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A fantastic look behind the scenes of the U.S. justice system."
A defense attorney from the trial made famous in Making a Murderer tells his story. Read full book review >
WHISTLEBLOWER AT THE CIA by Melvin A. Goodman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"The causes of Goodman's vitriol are indeed worrisome, but his countless repetitions grow wearisome."
A former CIA analyst (1966-1990) deplores what he argues is the increasing deleterious politicization of the agency. Read full book review >
BLUE ON BLUE by Charles Campisi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"This superb memoir can be read for its sheer entertainment or as a primer on police work—or both."
A recently retired high-ranking New York City police supervisor recounts his career, with an emphasis on his unpleasant but necessary assignment flushing out corrupt cops. Read full book review >
CAGED EYES by Lynn K. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A slow read in some places but worth it for a deeper understanding of an important issue."
A personal account of sexual assault in the military, from the point of view of a cadet in the Air Force Academy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >