True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

MURDERER WITH A BADGE by Edward Humes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"One almost wishes that Humes were a novelist, so deft is his writing, but his story here is far stronger and more compelling than most crime fiction. (Photographs—not seen.)"
With this superbly crafted chronicle of one of the most complex, enigmatic criminals in memory, Humes (Buried Secrets, 1990) takes his place as one of our finest crime writers. ``Mild Bill'' Leasure was one of the LAPD's blandest officers- -well liked but hardly noticed. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"It's a shame, though, that he does so in such a torturously convoluted way. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Torpid, confusing, and inconclusive account of a multiple murder. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An NBC miniseries based on the book will air in November. (Photos—eight pp. b&w—not seen.)"
A less-than-compelling reinvestigation of a 1932 Arizona crime in which two bodies were dismembered, stuffed into luggage, and taken by rail out of state. Read full book review >
X-RATED by David McCumber
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"There's a strong moral about the wages of sin here but McCumber doesn't belabor it, instead letting this sad and sleazy story—one of the most gripping yet told about the world of pornography—speak for itself. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Adults-only rendition of the lives of two pioneering pornographer-brothers and how one came to murder the other, related in live-wire prose by California journalist McCumber (The San Francisco Examiner, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Interesting for true-crime collectors who can tolerate the minutiae. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough but pedantic study of Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, by a journalist who's been conducting interviews with the killer since 1986. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE V. LEE HARVEY OSWALD by Walt Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"A nose-breaking blow to the lone assassin theory."
Huge, gripping novelistic work that assembles the most legally relevant information known about Lee Harvey Oswald to see how he would fare if tried for the murder of JFK. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 1992

"True crime that's truly dull. (Eight pages of b&w photographs- -not seen.)"
Flatly told story of a dentist who strangled his wife but wasn't prosecuted for years. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 7, 1992

"Numbing. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
The slender story of a messy Dallas divorce—husband hires hit man—that Dallas Morning News reporter Schutze pumps up to the size of an ascent balloon. Read full book review >
ONCE THROUGH THE HEART by Ralph Blumenthal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Blumenthal wants to have it two ways—a cop story and a family drama—and succeeds admirably. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Simpatico story of a narcotics detective who finds his teenage daughter selling drugs. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"And it'll make a great movie. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
An enthralling true-life Cinderella story—that drips blood all over the glass slipper. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Readable but only half-satisfying pop-history—more for assassination buffs (Smith brings together many sources) than for fanciers of theater history. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John Wilkes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >