True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

JESSE JAMES by T.J. Stiles
Released: Sept. 22, 2002

"A thoroughly impressive, eminently readable work of revisionist history."
In this excellent biography of the famed bandit, journalist/historian Stiles reveals his subject as less a Robin Hood than an Osama bin Laden for his time. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Middling true crime: Cindy's story would have benefited from a better presentation."
Overheated account of murder in a tony Long Island enclave. Read full book review >

“I” by Jack Olsen
Released: Aug. 20, 2002

"True-crime entertainment at its best."
Veteran true-crime author Olsen (Hastened to the Grave, 1998, etc.) explores the crimes and motivations of a truck-stop murderer. Read full book review >
Released: June 4, 2002

"Despite some stylistic shortcomings, a definitive account of the crime that came to represent much of what was both encouraging and discouraging about race relations in America at the end of the 20th century."
Solidly reported by a Dallas-based journalist, the grim tale of the notorious 1998 murder of James Byrd Jr. and the ensuing legal and media drama. Read full book review >
Released: May 28, 2002

"Still, true-crime buffs ought to enjoy this outing, which suggests that just about everyone involved had it coming."
Of big bucks, bedrooms, and bullets: a classy if glacially paced real-life whodunit by seasoned journalist and nonfiction author Taylor (Falling, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >

Released: May 21, 2002

"A zesty mix of Death of a Salesman, My Ántonia, and a Bogart film."
British novelist Rayner (The Cloud Stretcher, 2001) offers a painstakingly researched history of a Depression-era confidence game that also explains why people fall for such schemes. Read full book review >
Released: April 9, 2002

"The captivating tale of a charming opportunist whose ambition and moral hypocrisy mirror those of mid-19th-century America."
Veteran novelist and historian Keneally (The Great Shame, 1999, etc.) examines the loves and intrigues of one of America's most colorful rogues. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 7, 2002

"Readers not alienated by this stance will appreciate the sympathetic portrait of Ruth Paine; against the reactionary Texas backdrop, she embodies much of the thwarted idealism still associated with JFK."
Offbeat study of Ruth Paine, an ordinary woman who wished to reach out to a Russian immigrant and learn her language—and wound up sheltering Marina and Lee Harvey Oswald. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 6, 2002

"Not just a painstaking anatomy of a murder, but of the intractable difficulties in resolving America's ongoing racial dilemma."
A grimly powerful chronicle of a hate crime, the grisly murder of James Byrd Jr., and the soul-searching that resulted for the residents of Jasper, Texas. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"Not even the excellent reportage rescues this account from the status of an overinflated, albeit remarkable, feature from a Sunday magazine."
An extended burrow through the sands covering a Middle Eastern murder. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2001

"A multilayered treat for crime buffs."
Crime-writer Neff (Unfinished Murder, 1995) chronicles the famous 1950s murder case with impressive depth and comes up with a convincing alternative to Dr. Sam Sheppard as the killer. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 16, 2001

"Amateurish and often offensive, this should be avoided. Readers with an interest in the general subject will find Peter Huston's Tongs, Gangs, and Triads (1995) much more rewarding."
A trashy true-crime saga in which Mickey Spillane meets Terry and the Pirates.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 >