True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Murder, passion, and politics as the fascinating true story of one Romanian-born academic's postmodern rise and fall."
Blood in the ivory tower: a real-life thriller about postCold War espionage, an unsolved murder, and the occult. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 29, 1996

"A sad life and death in Hollywood, but the gossip isn't much and the promising title turns to leaden prose."
A muddled look at the mysterious death of George Reeves, the first Superman, by poets and Hollywood buffs Kashner and Schoenberger (coauthors of A Talent For Genius: The Life and Times of Oscar Levant, 1994). Read full book review >

THE MISSING by Andrew O’Hagan
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Though somewhat lacking in a sense of the big picture, this is a powerfully observed and often heartbreaking portrait in miniature of those who disappear and the effect on those they leave behind."
A haunting look at the phenomenon of missing persons. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The stage for the crime is evocative, but the telling of the tale is flat and, coming from a crime novelist, strangely lacking in mystery. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Mystery novelist Press helps uncover a real-life murder in her hometown of Salem, Mass. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 1996

"With three authors, it might be expected that at least one could have managed to show rather than tell. (Author tour)"
In an account burdened by hazy reportage and sloppy writing, private investigator Pe§a's caseload, dazzling though it may be, reads like so many tall tales. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"But he does offer a vivid portrait of a sad, overpopulated country, divided by class and poverty, still hostage to the legacies of American colonialism and Ferdinand Marcos, and whose patterns of violence and retribution seem unconquerable."
A former NPR correspondent chronicles three political murders near the central Philippine city of Himamaylan, where, in the late 1980s, liberation theologists, Communists, and the Philippine army vied for power. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 1996

"Englade might have done better to restrict his tale to one or two of its threads and explore in greater depth the world of wealth of which we get only a glimpse here."
Englade has a gripping tale of sordid doings in the super-rich world of show horses, but his narrative runs out of steam long before it reaches its conclusion. Read full book review >
POSTMORTEM by Jeffrey Abramson
Released: June 19, 1996

"A small contribution to understanding an overblown story."
A collection of essays on this season's ``trial of the century,'' edited by lawyer Abramson (Politics/Brandeis Univ.; We the Jury, 1994). Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 1996

"Pienciak's sarcastic tone, from the book's title to his mockery of Carolyn's appearance, repeatedly disrupts the narrative, which never adequately explains what happened, or why. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The freakish tale of wife-killer Eric Napoletano and the mother who protected him from the police. Read full book review >
BAD GUYS by Mark Baker
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-observed and at times depraved, this is a unique account of the current prison population."
Career criminals telling their stories, wiseguy-style. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1996

"A detailed study of the disintegration of a family, but lacking in some of the finer strokes that make a great crime story. (Literary Guild and Mystery Guild selections; author tour)"
Another solid true-crime entry from Olsen, author of (among others) Doc (a 1990 Edgar award winner) and Charmer (1994). Read full book review >
RUN JANE RUN by Jane Wells
Released: April 20, 1996

"Years pass in paragraphs and the reader is none the wiser as to why this family—and so many others—went so terribly awry. (Author tour; television and radio satellite tour)"
A young mother is devastated when her ex-husband is gunned down by her abusive current spouse. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >