True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

IN THE CELLAR by Jan Philipp Reemtsma
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"A relentlessly candid examination of one man's heart and mind."
Dick Tracy meets Jean-Paul Sartre in this deeply philosophical, deftly written account of the author's 33 days confined in a cellar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Anyone who believes sex education doesn't belong in the classroom or that parenting is merely a question of keeping track of their kids' grades should read this sad cautionary tale. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A true-crime page-turner about the privileged New Jersey teens who made headlines after callously discarding the baby they never wanted into the trash bin of the hotel where they secretly gave birth. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

paper 1-55849-166-X A death-penalty trial is lent a fascinating air by its very low-profile, routine nature in Pohlman's (Political Science/Dickinson Coll.) careful, revelatory delineation of the legal process. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"The presentation is entirely anecdotal with no pretense at analysis, but Zappetti's life would hold anyone's interest."
Whiting revels in the seamy side of Japan. Read full book review >
WHEN GOOD KIDS KILL by Michael D. Kelleher
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Voyeurism takes the reins over insight into 'good kids' who murder; sadly, we are no better off than when we began in understanding the 'why.'"
Here's a report that could be a handbook for programmers of afternoon talk shows: "Teens Who Murder Their Parents," "Mothers Who Kill Their Newborns." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"An interesting historical footnote that can be bypassed without severe costs. (b&w photos)"
A detailed and unnecessary look at a failed assassination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 1998

"Gripping and convincing. (50 b&w photos, not seen) ($75,000 ad/promo; first printing of 100,000; author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Probably the last book on the Kennedy assassination you will need to read. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A thorough investigation of an age-old question, and though the historical record is not complete, Fields's persuasive interpretations and arguments may change some opinions about Richard and his nephews— fate. (16 paages color illustrations, not seen)"
A leading entertainment lawyer attempts to solve the historical mystery of what became of the two young princes who were kept in the Tower of London during the reign of King Richard III. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A much needed portrait of a dissident faction within Israel that seeks to retain the occupied territories at any cost."
Two Israeli journalists offer an extremely troubling portrait of the extreme right-wing in their country and the occupied territories—a blend of ultranationalism and religious fanaticism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"A good factual account that fails to delve deeper into the enigma that was Carlos the Jackal. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Reuters journalist Follain relates the life, crimes, and capture of the world's best-known terrorist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1998

"Another 'I Slept With JFK' scenario, disingenuously and pretentiously veiled as the story of a 'woman on a quest.' (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The most riveting personality in this thin biography by freelance writer Burleigh is not its murdered subject, Georgetown socialite Mary Meyer, but instead the lawyer who successfully defended the murder suspect. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Bledsoe's balanced and thorough examination raises important questions about the death penalty and how it is applied."
Veteran true-crime writer Bledsoe (Before He Wakes, 1994, etc.) offers a vividly bifurcated portrait of a woman who was by turns a cruel killer and a loving grandmother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >