True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

UPINGTON by Andrea Durbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A memorable dispatch from the frontlines of those who fought for justice in the beleaguered end days of apartheid."
A moving and eloquent reminder of the law's power to do good, from a South African attorney (now living in Australia) who helped defend the so-called "Upington 25" in South Africa's largest murder trial. Read full book review >
MY BLOODY LIFE by Reymundo Sanchez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A crude cautionary tale that lacks redemptive power."
A sad, sanguinary, and clumsy account of life and death among Chicago's Puerto Rican street gangs. Read full book review >

SHARON TATE AND THE MANSON MURDERS by Greg King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2000

"Readers might wonder why King's account suddenly surfaces 31 years after the killings, but true-crime fans and Manson fetishists (you know who you are) will find it irresistible."
An oddly timed, incredibly detailed account of the most famous of the Manson Family's victims. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"With enough unanswered questions for two sequels, the authors offer a pile of evidence that (in South Boston at least) politics is all too local. (photos and illustrations, not seen)"
An eye-opening true-crimer that recounts a cooperative arrangement in which two Boston mobsters, in exchange for acting as informants for an FBI agent and his supervisor, were permitted to take over most of Boston's organized crime. Read full book review >
EDUCATION OF A FELON by Edward Bunker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"Needs a jolt of energy, an injection of craft. (Author tour)"
The felon-turned-author (Little Boy Blue, 1997, etc.) revisits the sorry, sordid scenes of his endless crimes. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1999

"An intimate, compelling portrait of seamy and disturbing (thus —forgotten—) aspects of the Gilded Age that, in its narrative of yearningly naive young women and socially respectable male predators, offers a sobering augury of our own violent, sexually stratified times."
Attorney/college teacher McConnell's debut is an accomplished re-creation of two notorious murders of young women in the rural gentility of 1880s Connecticut, with a remarkable sense for the inequities and dark places of that vanished era. Read full book review >
THE GREAT ARIZONA ORPHAN ABDUCTION by Linda Gordon
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Gordon has written the rare history book that readers won—t be able to put down. (35 halftones, 2 maps, 1 table)"
Microhistory at its best. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Still, this incisive portrayal of the Polec murder and Philadelphia's 911 crisis provides a sobering account of personal tragedy as the crucible of social change. (8 pages b&w photos)"
This debut collaboration from journalists Knoedelseder (Stiffed, 1993) and Freedman is a comprehensive portrait of the horrific teen-mob murder of Philadelphia youth Eddie Polec and its aftermath, portraying the Polecs— grief and recovery against a complex tapestry of urban issues with acuity and sensitivity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"One hopes for sufficient outrage garnered to substitute for justice denied; also, for an inevitable movie adaptation that won—t dilute the story's uglier civic dimensions."
Award-winning investigative reporter Leveritt's debut is a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics that resembles an all-true Arkansas Confidential. Read full book review >
GONE BOY by Gregory Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This book should be seriously considered by education professionals, as well as by violence survivors who might benefit from Gibson's singular odyssey."
A father transforms the attempt to fathom his son's senseless murder into a complex, surprising account of memory and discovery amid dark American corners of insanity, gun violence, and malfeasance. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A good true-crime story, with far-reaching implications. (12 b&w photos, not seen)"
Freeman's first book has a subtitle calculated to bring readers up short. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Thus, we—re left to guess about his psychotic motives and thought processes."
The shocking story of Dr. Michael Swango, who, despite being a convicted felon suspected of murdering dozens of his patients, was allowed to practice medicine. 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 >