True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

BAD PAPER by Jake Halpern
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Halpern brings unexpected literary heft to the world of debt collection."
An investigation of the bottom-feeding underworld of debt collecting and its disreputable cast of rip-off artists. Read full book review >
DRUGS UNLIMITED by Mike Power
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A compelling, accessible perspective on the global e-tail drug market."
A comprehensive report on how the Internet has revolutionized illicit narcotic sales. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Informative but often unwieldy history of a pivotal period for race relations in the American South."
A Reconstruction-era kidnapping incident in the Deep South gets put under the historical microscope. Read full book review >
ALICE + FREDA FOREVER by Alexis Coe
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A historically resonant reminder of how far societal tolerance has come and that it still remains a work in progress."
The story of a Gilded Age-era homicide that stunned a nation with its sheer violence and tabooed origins. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Comprehensive research underlies this compelling, highly emotional and profoundly important story."
A novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter explores with nearly Javert-ian persistence one of the early cases of traffic fatalities caused by texting while driving.
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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"The daring cleverness of both Wild and Sheppard makes for fun historical reading."
How the beginnings of true crime reporting and the birth of tabloid journalism can be tagged to Daniel Defoe's years in prison for libelous sedition. Read full book review >
BLOOD IN THE FIELDS by Julia Reynolds
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A sprawling, literary true-crime effort that will reward patient readers with its gloomy account of an unstoppable, violent subculture."
Brisk, detailed exposé of the little-understood gang Nuestra Familia.
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TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"While certain technical portions may be difficult for some readers, true-crime enthusiasts will find the payoff worth the effort."
The history of one of the foundational elements of entertainment media today—forensic evidence—and how it is that we make sense of it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"An entertaining and provocative portrait of a man whose dichotomies were largely a product of the violent times in which he thrived."
The big life and fast times of one of the most charismatic and dangerous good ol' boys in America's criminal history. Read full book review >
WORKING STIFF by Judy Melinek
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"A transfixing account of death, from the mundane to the oddly hair-raising."
A lively chronicle of a death investigator's days, from forensic pathologist Melinek and her husband, Mitchell. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A sound, sobering report that's more educative than eye-opening."
A scholarly treatise on the case for American penal reform. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Both sophisticated and rowdy, Mindermann reminds us that the cops and FBI often wore white hats during their darker days in the 1960s and '70s."
Mindermann's personal story as a San Francisco police officer who became an FBI special agent in Washington, D.C., during the Nixon administration. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >