True Crime Book Reviews (page 55)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1998

"The first third of the book, recounting the process of consolidation that led to the creation of the modern Mob, is a bit overly familiar, but the rest is a fast-moving tale, told with gusto. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Former Newsday correspondent Volkman (Spies, 1994) returns to his home turf, the peccadilloes of America's organized crime families. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 1, 1998

"While the story of those trekkers captured in Kashmir was not concluded when Auerbach ended her book, the facts and the stories she presents make for first-rate reportage."
With the growth, since the end of the Cold War, of international travel by business executives, eager ecotourists, and just plain tourists, there has been a serious increase in the miserable trade of kidnaping crimes committed for political reasons or simply for cash. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1998

"The most satisfying of Olsen's recent books, and among his saddest. (Literary Guild alternate selection)"
The prolific true-crime writer Olsen profiles the charmingly named Tene Bimbos, a family of Gypsies accused of murdering the elderly for profit. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"While it's tough to see the rationale behind yet another book about this particular psycho—Manson himself counts 58 books on the topic—George has some items of interest to those who want to know all the details of Manson's prison life."
The latest entry in the canon of a true madman. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1998

"Like Barbara Kirwin's The Mad, The Bad, and The Innocent, this book focuses too much on the analyst. (Author tour)"
A psychiatrist who meets the criminally insane tells all. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: April 1, 1998

"For those who want to know about the dark underside of American Jewish life two and three generations ago, Cohen's book, is a good place to begin. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Rolling Stone; author tour)"
Yes, Deborah, there once were Jewish murderers who were part of organized crime in America. Read full book review >
BITTER HARVEST by Ann Rule
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 3, 1998

"Impossible to put down (though a little skimpy on psychiatric details), this is, thanks to the vivid, fascinating portrait of Debora and of the slow unraveling of her homicidal schemes, one of Rule's best. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A tour de force from America's best true-crime writer (Dead by Sunset, 1985, etc). Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Kotlowitz has produced a skillfully rendered, thoughtful study of a divided country in microcosm. (Author tour)"
A powerful record of an untimely death—perhaps suicide, more probably murder—in middle America, from the writer whose 1991 bestseller There Are No Children Here awoke the country to the reality of life in urban ghettoes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A thin book, short on analysis and detail, and, as the subtitle indicates, more about Wolfe's investigation itself than Caputo's crimes. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Wolfe, who has written about men's hostile and violent acts against women in Double Life (1994) and Wasted (1989), now investigates the death of an acquaintance of hers. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Not much more than a collection of truly horrifying stories, which is a shame for both the reader, who justifiably expects more, and for Douglas, who has more to offer. (Author tour)"
A look at rape-and-murder and its perpetrators by one of the men who invented the forensic art of psychological profiling. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The police work until the entrance of Dietrich was truly shoddy and ruined what should have been an open-and-shut case, but Stowers's account simply doesn't crackle with the energy the three women poured into getting justice."
A tragedy is rendered toothless as Stowers examines a child's murder in a tiny town in Texas. Read full book review >
SHALLOW GRAVE IN TRINITY COUNTY by Harry Farrell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 1997

"A chilling look at an old crime that seems sadly modern; true-crime buffs won't want to miss it. (For another look at this case, as well as other kidnappings in America, see below, Paula S. Fass, Kidnapped.)"
A heart-stopping study of the infamous Stephanie Bryan murder trial, four decades after the crime. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >