True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A wonderfully dramatic tale, vividly told. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
The strange death of Charles Bravo has long plagued mystery-writers and historians alike. Journalist Ruddick (Lord Lucan: What Really Happened<\I>, not reviewed) explores the story's twists and turns, shedding new light on this 126-year-old intrigue. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"An attentive, subtle rendering of a strange historical episode, alternatively disturbing and absurd."
A well-told narrative of the popular hysteria surrounding a mysterious, misogynist slasher who stalked London a century before the Ripper. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 15, 2000

"Like most barstool confessions, this ought to be taken with a grain of salt, but it's a good yarn to help while away a rainy afternoon. It's not likely to keep the boys on the city desk working overtime, though."
An engaging story about the greatest criminal mastermind you've never heard of. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 9, 2000

"A lively account, but lacking in analysis."
Crawford (Thunder on the Right, not reviewed) gives us a rollicking good tale of the downfall of an 18th-century maiden. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Anyone interested in exploring the compelling case of Hurricane Carter would be well-advised to start elsewhere."
A labored retelling of the controversial murder prosecution of boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"A pretty damp squib."
The former National Security Adviser to President Clinton tugs mightily to stretch what is at heart an op-ed piece into a full-dress jeremiad. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Masterful research, although some material appears to function as a story-stretcher."
A popular true-crime writer offers his fifth in a chilling series on serial killers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"Inconclusive and lacking narrative tension, Driggs's tale makes surprisingly little of its dramatic potential."
A lawyer revisits a 25-year-old crime in a Mormon community in Austin, Texas, to raise complex questions about mental illness and legal insanity. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A minor addition to the literature of dysfunctional families and the damage that parents can do to their children's psyches, this woe-is-me tale with an upbeat ending has little to recommend it."
A lugubrious memoir by a woman who, through psychoanalysis, came to understand how her self-image had been shaped by childhood yearnings for a normal family life—complete with a strong, protective father and a stable, caring mother. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An impressive and accessible analysis of 20th-century brutality."
An attempt to formulate a new ethics, based on human psychology, that will account for 20th-century atrocities and offer some realistic hope that they can be avoided in the future. Read full book review >
NYPD by James Lardner
Released: Aug. 23, 2000

"A most well-written and evenhanded book on a large and slippery subject, one that officers and civilians alike should find informative and thought-provoking."
Just the Facts: a sprawling, often dramatic account of the New York Police Department that explores the relationship of criminality, corruption, and law enforcement to the developing metropolis. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2000

"Impressive scholarship applied to a fascinating episode."
A riveting account of a horrific murder in 19th-century Ireland that is also a scholarly analysis of culture, politics, religion, and mythology. 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 >