True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A gripping story that deserves the hand of a master."
A real-life tale of the kind of crime every picked-on kid dreamed of in high school. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Despite the surprisingly short shrift given to the Menendez trial, a terrific introduction to criminal defense by a master practitioner. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
Erik Menendez's defense attorney proves why she's one of the best in the business. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 14, 1996

"Fisher's righting of two terrible wrongs is a remarkable act of generosity; and his narrative of those events is haunting and worthwhile. (photos, not seen)"
A gripping account of the serendipitous investigation that uncovers two miscarriages of justice that branded innocent boys as killers. Read full book review >
MY DARK PLACES by James Ellroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Fanatics will undoubtedly savor the facts behind Ellroy's fiction (and his murder riffs), but those expecting autobiographical expos‚ of the writer's psychological clockwork will feel stonewalled by macho reserve."
The man who reenergized the hard-boiled detective genre (American Tabloid, 1995, etc.) delivers a true-crime noir unflinchingly detailing his mother's murder and his own belated but obsessive investigation of it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 1996

"For politicos, journalists, or anyone who has ever been pulled into the distorted worldview of a dangerous smooth talker, the story of Brett Kimberlin is a valuable one, expertly unearthed and reported by Singer."
An absorbing investigation into the life and tall tales of Brett Kimberlin, the jailed drug dealer who won brief notoriety by claiming to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle. Read full book review >

EROS, MAGIC, AND THE MURDER OF PROFESSOR CULIANU by Ted Anton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
TRUE CRIME
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 >
TRUE CRIME
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 >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >