True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Like a long but intense TV-movie (with even an extraneous love subplot between Keeney and a fellow lawyer thrown in): stock characters and real thrills. (Photos—not seen.)"
The nail-biting tale of a female serial killer and the lawyer who dogged her to justice. Read full book review >
A VIOLENT ACT by Alec Wilkinson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 8, 1993

"Wilkinson's deceptively simple account of it is uncommonly thought-provoking and, using not one wasted word, exemplifies the writer's art."
Superb chronicle of a homicidal madman who terrorized a small midwestern town. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Virtuoso, enthrallingly authentic portrayal of a pocket of the contemporary Deep South. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Powerfully rendered story of the reign of terror and downfall of a sadistic southern police chief; by the assistant managing editor for the Dallas Morning News. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"Unusual for its psychological depth and close-ups of exotic new forensics. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A standout in the recent spate of books about serial killers. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Carcaterra has a strong story to tell, but he's told it best before."
Encouraged by the enthusiastic response to his article in Life magazine (May 1991) on growing up with a murderously violent father, Carcaterra, a former New York Daily News reporter, has now expanded the piece to book-length—and, alas, transformed what was a powerful and moving examination of the psychological and physical costs of family abuse into a diffuse and frequently confusing account. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 7, 1992

"Not a behind-the-headlines exposÇ, but an earnest and thoughtful introduction to a perplexing problem whose complexities require further research."
Each year, more than 300,000 American parents abduct their children. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 3, 1992

"A headlong plunge into the depths of a sociopathic mind, told with a master's hand. (Photographs—24 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
Here, as in Small Sacrifices (1987), Rule (If You Really Loved Me, 1991, etc.) re-creates the compelling story of a woman hellbent on gratification and devoid of conscience. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >