True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

HISTORY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Preserves like a frozen capsule the British grin-and-bear-it spirit and vocabulary of the WWII years."
A secretary to a formidable London pathologist during World War II reissues her wry, grisly account of murder and corpses, first published in 1955. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Journalism that demonstrates all the arguments why we need professionals to tell the stories that mark our generations and a valentine to the people that proved Boston Strong."
In a remarkable work of narrative journalism, Boston Globe journalists Helman (co-author: The Real Romney, 2012) and Russell (co-author: Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy, 2009), with support from their comrades at the Globe's news department, map out the heartbreaks, dogged pursuits and courageous acts of defiance that resulted from one of America's most foolhardy and cowardly acts of terrorism. Read full book review >

SURVIVORS OF SLAVERY by Laura T. Murphy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2014

"An 'open condemnation' of modern slavery that builds powerfully by testimony."
First-person testimonies that probe the continued chilling practices of forced labor worldwide. Read full book review >
WALKING PREY by Holly Austin Smith
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2014

"A powerful voice on behalf of young people who should not be stigmatized but need support from schools and communities to protect them from predators."
An unvarnished account of one woman's painful "journey from victim to survivor," as she came to understand the "dynamics of commercial sexual exploitation, especially child sex trafficking." Read full book review >
THE MASTER OF CONFESSIONS by Thierry Cruvellier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Cruvellier is an extremely articulate and compassionate observer to a country and its people plunged through the rings of hell."
With chilling clarity, a veteran international journalist delineates the totalitarian ideology and horrific crimes of the leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: March 11, 2014

"All the President's Men it's not, but Ruderman and Laker provide a welcome addition to the shelves of books about the mechanics and logistics of journalistic exposés."
Two newspaper reporters explain how they broke open police corruption in Philadelphia. Read full book review >
DAUGHTER OF THE KING by Sandra Lansky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"For a more mature and nuanced look at the life of Meyer Lansky and his family, look elsewhere. A good place to start: Robert Lacey's Little Man (1991)."
A biography of a true Mafia princess that leaves a lot to the imagination, despite assistance from veteran Hollywood chronicler Stadiem (Moneywood: Hollywood in Its Last Age of Excess, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"A much-needed factual antidote to the mainstream media coverage of Trayvon Martin's tragic story and the travesty of the George Zimmerman trial."
A veteran civil rights attorney confronts the injustices of the controversial Trayvon Martin case and America's dubious post-9/11 gun laws. Read full book review >
BLOOD WILL OUT by Walter Kirn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"A book that casts long-form narrative journalism in general, and Kirn's in particular, in an unflattering light."
The complicated, credulity-straining relationship between the author and his subject leaves the reader wondering about both of them. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 3, 2014

"An engrossing true-crime tour de force."
The infamous myth-shrouded murder of Kitty Genovese (1935-1964) receives a much-needed re-evaluation. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Levin manages to tell the story clearly without provocative bias while pointing out how the entire world demonstrated their incredulity at the absurdity of the entire episode."
A page-turning history/true-crime story surrounding the myth of blood libel, the idea that "Jews commit ritual murder to obtain Christian blood" to use in Passover rites. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"What could have been a silly exposé of Paris, hypnotism and detection is instead a well-constructed, informative work by a talented author."
International journalist and Washington Post nonfiction book editor Levingston (Historic Ships of San Francisco, 1984) uses the story of a murder by a foolish girl and her lover to illustrate another side of belle epoque Paris. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >