True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2001

"Essential reading for any aficionado of espionage scandals and Mafioso folklore."
In this riveting work of reportage, award-winning journalist Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999) details American involvement in the assassination of Pablo Escobar, the Colombian billionaire godfather of international cocaine trafficking. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Beavan admirably brings to vivid life the tangled human tale behind a technological breakthrough. (36 line drawings and halftones)"
A lively, fascinating recounting of how fingerprints came to be a means of criminal identification, with emphasis on the personalities, claims, and peccadilloes of the men involved. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2001

"Gripping."
Journalist Worrall's dynamic debut profiles master forger Mark Hofmann, who fabricated an unpublished Emily Dickinson poem and gulled the highest reaches of the Mormon church. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"A perturbing read that prods us to ponder guilt and innocence from new perspectives."
A suspenseful, well-researched account of the life of a Brooklyn lawyer Robert Rowe, who murdered his wife and three children and escaped prison with the insanity plea in 1978. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A deftly told, immensely relevant, true-life potboiler from the streets of urban America."
Freelance journalist Sullivan (The Price of Experience, 1996) scathingly indicts racial/cultural politics and law enforcement in post-Drug War America. Read full book review >

FIVE-FINGER DISCOUNT by Helene Stapinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2001

"Equally reminiscent of Samuel Fuller's filmed melodramas, Springsteen's 'My Hometown,' and Patrick MacDonald's All Souls (1999), this is an unusual and relevant urban family history."
A humorous yet unsettling look back at a minor-league grifter family in a major-league crooked town—pre-reform Jersey City. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"A fascinating history that faces still-difficult questions of injustice and responsibility."
A comprehensive exploration of a bizarre, contested murder in the plantation South on the eve of the Civil War. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Still, these crystalline snapshots of a long-gone Hollywood should please most cinéastes."
A well-constructed anthology that provides satisfying meditations on film scandals both notorious and obscure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision."
The first American expedition to the North Pole provides a chilling twist on the true-crime genre in this historical detective story by novelist Parry (That Fateful Lighting, not reviewed). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2001

"Extraneous details sometimes clog the background reporting, but the courtroom drama is gripping."
A suspenseful, well-researched account of the life and trial of a man accused of smothering his babies for the insurance money. Read full book review >
THE ADVERSARY by Emmanuel Carrère
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"True-life crime, bald and sordid, told with the quality of a weightless incantation."
A grim recounting—almost a slice of living theater—of a loathsome crime committed in France nearly ten years ago, from French novelist Carrère (Class Trip, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A crude but vivid account of life beyond the bounds of decency."
In 1965 Sinclair killed a store clerk during a bungled robbery. He was subsequently imprisoned in what he describes as "America's worst prison system"—and this autobiographical account supports that description. 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 >