True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

BLIND VENGEANCE by Ray Jenkins
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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Jenkins's recounting of the crimes, investigation, and trial is as suspenseful as his wide-net harvest of historical context is enlightening. (20 b&w photos, not seen)"
A disciplined, incisive reconstruction of one of the century's most notorious crimes: the 1989 mail-bomb assassination of a federal judge and an NAACP attorney. Read full book review >
AS IF by Blake Morrison
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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"We must condemn a little more, and understand a little less,'' but with mixed results in the end."
Literary journalist Morrison's reportage of the infamous 1993 child-murder of James Bulger turns into a semi-confessional meditation on illusory childhood innocence and collective guilt. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Thernstrom has written a powerful indictment of Harvard and a cautionary tale of alienation's destructive power—even among the most talented. (Author tour)"
Part mystery, part exposÇ, Thernstrom's gripping account of a murder/suicide at Harvard (which she reported on for the New Yorker) combines fascinating case material with great seriousness of purpose. Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A timely account of a questionable but irreversible verdict in a time when the number of executions is rising. (photos, not seen)"
Set in the mining country of Buchanan County, Va., a fast-paced synopsis of a case that received national attention: the conviction and execution of Roger Coleman for the 1981 murder of his sister-in-law, Wanda McCoy. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Having gained the trust of their subjects, and with almost novelistic skill in bringing them (especially DeAndre) to life, Simon and Burns offer us a first step to achieving that understanding. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In an accomplished and vivid piece of reporting, Edgar Award winner Simon (Homicide, 1991) and retired detective Burns team up to document the struggles of a cross-section of the Baltimore drug subculture. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"For those who can't get enough of the Ripper, this book will stuff the belly until the next one, with the next theory, comes along."
By turns ponderous and lurid, this book details the careers of Jack the Ripper and asylum fugitive James Kelly without ever making a strong case that the two men are one and the same. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A delightful Victorian tale of colorful miscreants and dissembling rogues, told in engaging style. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The very model of a major Victorian criminal—indeed, the original of Sherlock Holmes's nemesis, Professor Moriarty—is the subject of a true crime tale by Macintyre, Paris bureau chief for the Times of London (Forgotten Fatherland, 1992). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1997

"Bravin's research on the crucial years is admirable, but his final product is incomplete and only intermittently interesting. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Buzz magazine; author tour)"
This biography of Lynette ``Squeaky'' Fromme—would-be assassin of President Ford—leaves large portions of her life unexplored, focusing in full only on her years in the Manson Family and her attempt to shoot the president. Read full book review >
NEWS OF A KIDNAPPING by Gabriel García Márquez
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Released: June 4, 1997

"Garcia Marquez's consummate rendering of this hostage-taking looms as the symbol of an entire country held hostage to invisible yet violently ever-present drug lords."
In the same straightforward tone with which he relates the fabulous events of his fiction, Colombia's premier novelist presents the chillingly extraordinary events surrounding the 1992 abduction of ten prominent people by the Medellin drug cartel. Read full book review >
I HAVE LIVED IN THE MONSTER by Robert K. Ressler
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Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing catalog of facts lacking a strong context but terribly jarring just the same. (Author tour)"
More of the gory details from the former FBI profiler who coined the phrase ``serial killer.'' Among the other murderers he examines here, Ressler continues from Whoever Fights Monsters (1992) his discussion on John Wayne Gacy and includes new information on Jeffrey Dahmer. Read full book review >
MURDER IN AMERICA by Roger Lane
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"A vivid portrait of the long history of American homicide, thoroughly researched and of interest to both the academic and general reader."
A survey of murder in America from colonial times until the present. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1997

"An eye-opening review of the evidentiary discrepancies that are possible in a celebrated criminal case, even one with over 70 witnesses and an admission of guilt by the accused. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
Investigative journalist Klaber and political scientist Melanson, curator of the Kennedy Assassination Archives at the University of Massachusetts, reopen the RFK assassination in an exhaustive and intriguing study. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >