True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA by David I. Kertzer
HISTORY
Released: May 18, 1997

"A moving, dramatic study of the clash between the sacred and the secular."
A dramatic and heart-wrenching tale that reveals a great deal about the battle between conservative and progressive forces in mid-19th-century Europe. Read full book review >
KILLER AMONG US by Joseph C. Fisher
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1997

"The idea of a scientific analysis of a community response to fear is an intriguing one, but this book provides little in the way of real analysis."
A semi-scientific study of modern serial killers. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Suff's case clearly raises some interesting questions about the nature of madness and violence, and about the factors that create a serial killer, Lane doesn't seriously address them, or arrive at any useful conclusions. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
A lawyer and television writer tries to write the story of a real killer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1997

"An arresting account of the career of a New Age intruder whose capacity to strike at will mocks the very notion of computer privacy and security. (photos, not seen)"
Having chronicled the digital-data brigandage of the notorious Kevin Mitnick (The Fugitive Game, 1996), Littman casts a cool, discerning eye on Kevin Poulsen, who led law-enforcement agencies in a merry chase along the Information Highway. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1997

"A catalog of minutiae that trivializes the crimes it reports and the DOI's relevance to New York."
An employee of New York City's undercover investigative agency (and former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers) here reveals very little about very few cases. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >