True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >
S STREET RISING by Ruben Castaneda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"The subject matter is explosive and informed by good reporting, but the various narrative lines never really tie together, and the novelistic approach undermines the journalism."
An illumination of the Washington, D.C., crack epidemic. Read full book review >

UNABOMBER by Jim Freeman
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 17, 2014

"Despite its considerable flaws, the book is valuable as a rare insider's account from an agency that does not value transparency."
San Francisco-based FBI administrator Freeman chronicles the agency's two-decade quest to identify and arrest the notorious homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Ira Judelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Will appeal to readers of true crime and law enforcement narratives."
Acidic account of the little-understood profession of bail bondsman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A fascinating story of ambitions high and low, the ancient yearning to chart a new world and the eternal lure of a quick buck."
The strange, mysterious world of rare maps—and the even stranger mystery of the man who stole them for years without getting caught. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: May 20, 2014

"Despite some truly chilling moments and much to learn, this engrossing case falls flat."
The tale of an entire family succumbing to a tragic string of crimes. Read full book review >
THE POISONER by Stephen Bates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"A pleasantly instructive social history."
Sprightly look at the parochial mid-19th-century England that produced an infamous serial poisoner. Read full book review >
SLAVERY INC. by Lydia Cacho
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2014

"It's clear that Cacho, with such passion for her subject, understands far more than her audience will. Unfortunately, she fails to make the connections for those who don't have her background knowledge."
Award-winning El Universal journalist Cacho has a history of crusading for human rights through her work. Here, she chronicles her global travels to document the world of human trafficking. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 13, 2014

"A swift-moving history of and tribute to officers who are 'out there at all hours of the day and night, kicking down doors, stopping vehicles, and arresting heinous fugitives.'"
The story behind the country's oldest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals service, as told by its former associate director for operations Earp, with veteran co-author Fisher (co-author, with Tom Coughlin: Earn the Right to Win, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 5, 2014

"A compelling, nuanced look at the shifting, volatile meaning of American identity in the post-9/11 era."
Well-crafted account of an act of post-9/11 vigilante violence and its long reverberations for its survivors. Read full book review >
LICENSED TO LIE by Sidney Powell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 2014

"The author brings the case for judicial redress before the court of public opinion."
A former Justice Department lawyer, who now devotes her private practice to federal appeals, dissects some of the most politically contentious prosecutions of the last 15 years. Read full book review >
SHARDS by Allison Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An addition to the world of addiction literature worth reading, full of grim reality that thankfully never crosses the line into gratuitous territory."
An honest, introspective account of a vice cop's methamphetamine addiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >