True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

THE HOT ONE by Carolyn Murnick
Released: June 20, 2017

"An original and engaging, if uneven, fusion of memoir and true-crime."
A New York media worker tries to comprehend a glamorous friend's murder. Read full book review >
DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. Read full book review >

THE GRIM SLEEPER by Christine Pelisek
Released: June 13, 2017

"True-crime fans will greatly appreciate Pelisek's detail and determination, but some will find the minutiae overwhelming."
It took 30 years for justice to catch up with the serial killer dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" by LA Weekly, where crime reporter Pelisek (now at People) covered the story. In her first book, she follows the case from her first article in 2008 to its final day in court in 2016. Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 2017

"The book begins as a rollicking, magical tale but eventually bogs down in too much conjecture."
Stapinski (English/Fordham Univ.; Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, 2004, etc.) continues her investigation into her family's checkered past. Read full book review >

THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Released: May 16, 2017

"A powerful evocation of the raw pain of emotional scars."
An accomplished literary debut weaves memoir and true-crime investigation. Read full book review >
EXONERATED by Robert J.  Norris
Released: May 16, 2017

"A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment."
How efforts to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners have grown into an energized international movement. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Jeff Pegues
Released: May 9, 2017

"An informative book that could have been presented better."
The justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News debuts with an examination of the tensions between police and blacks, presenting potential obstacles to improvement formulas for tension reduction. Read full book review >
LIST OF 10 by C.L. Swinney
Released: May 3, 2017

"With great diligence, the author illuminates the murderer's darkest thoughts without romanticizing them—and gives the victims the written equivalent of a proper burial."
The haunting stories of 10 slain women (4 of whom were never found) constitute this analysis of the hunt for serial killer Joseph Naso. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, readable true-crime tale that frames the likely future of the underground economy."
Engrossing account of the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, founder of the now-shuttered online drug bazaar the Silk Road. Read full book review >
KINGPIN by Richard Stratton
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pulpy, well-crafted recollection of time behind bars packed with unsettling questions about society's embrace of mass imprisonment and the drug war."
A tense account of a rakish, unrepentant cannabis merchant's time in prison. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 2017

"A timely story of fragmentation and division and of picking one's way through the minefield that was—and is—the racially riven South."
"The only thing I felt certain about was how little progress I was making in understanding my grandfather"—a searching quest for roots in the African-American heartland. 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 >