True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An uneven treatment of an intriguing subject."
A dramatic story about an FBI investigation involving a notorious and brilliant scam artist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chilling historical evidence of the dire consequences of inequality and injustice."
While artists and writers rebelled against aesthetic conventions, anarchists terrorized pre-World War I Paris. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how technology is changing American policing."
A survey of predictive policing: how data makes it possible, its benefits and pitfalls, and what it may portend for American law enforcement and race relations. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"The narrative, while mostly fast-paced, would feel more compelling without some of Gregory's tangents, and the failure to identify the killer(s) leads to a flat ending."
The story of an unsolved double murder from 1948 in the small town of Oregon, Illinois. Read full book review >
SANDY HOOK by Michael R. Weisser
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A rigorously researched and thoughtful analysis of a controversial issue."
A journalist and former gun shop owner re-evaluates the Sandy Hook massacre and the retailer who sold the weapons used. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Despite some repetition, deft pacing and vivid portraits result in an absorbing mystery and a forthright memoir of abiding grief."
In an accomplished debut memoir, a daughter struggles to understand the life of her mother, who was murdered when the author was 12. Read full book review >
ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A vivid, chilling portrait of a Russia grown 'scary and unpredictable.'"
A scathing indictment of Vladimir Putin's "police state" that offers compelling evidence of his absolute suppression of any opposition or exposure of the state's corruption. Read full book review >
THE TRADE by Jere Van Dyk
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Anyone with an interest in the geopolitics of the global war on terrorism will find value in this account."
A former hostage of the Taliban continues the story begun with Captive (2010), digging deeper into the circumstances of his kidnapping. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Fans of true crime—as well as detectives in homicide bureaus—will relish this book."
A baseball detective attempts to solve a homicide cold case. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of true crime and readers curious about the inner workings of Mexican drug cartels should enjoy this well-researched story. Though different in execution, this book pairs nicely with Joe Tone's Bones, which covers the same subject."
Two FBI agents work to take down members of a drug cartel wrapped up with quarter horse racing in Texas. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A well-researched, mostly engrossing geopolitical narrative of American ingenuity in the face of Russian threats."
Meticulous account of an audacious covert operation to snatch a sunken Russian submarine. 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 >