True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: June 12, 1992

"Bruisingly detailed: not for the fainthearted."
A plunge into the midnight world of gay sadomasochism and murder-for-kicks that was the playground of Manhattan art dealer Andrew Crispo and his 22-year-old protegÇ Bernard LeGeros. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1992

"A lively and engaging string of benign adventures, then, with none of the harsh bite of violent reality."
A good-time memoir of life on the fringes of the New York mob, by the widow of a crony of Meyer Lansky's. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1992

"Definitive—a must read for true-crime votaries. (Sixteen pages of photos—not seen.)"
Impressively detailed account of the Jeffrey Dahmer serial- murder case. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally diverting but mostly as grim as a sheriff's posse. (Seventy-three photos.)"
A recounting of the turn-of-the-century exploits of Bill Miner, ``one of the most wanted outlaws in North America.'' He also turns out to have been one of the least colorful. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"Duncan's distress is evident, but the mazes of her obsession make for a most tortuous read. (Photographs.)"
Snarled saga of a mother searching for her daughter's killer. Read full book review >

BREAKING BLUE by Timothy Egan
Released: May 6, 1992

"Egan rises into the Most Wanted group of true-crime writers with this smoothly told, exciting account."
Powerhouse story of an iconoclastic sheriff who cracked through 54 years of police coverups and solved the oldest open murder case in the country. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once underway, plenty of tension, with Floyd a warmhearted badman. (Illustrations—125—not seen.)"
Strangely written, often exciting life of Depression-era bank- robber/murderer ``Pretty Boy'' Floyd, by the author of Oil Man (1988). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"This story is hardening into legend, with Diane here a worthy and moving foil to the outsized ego of her husband and his mishmash fantasy life."
Third book on the 1987 murder of Diane Pikul by her millionaire stock-analyst husband, this one the most intimate; by the author of the so-so novel Hansel and Gretel in Beverly Hills (1978). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and important social document full of deep human insight; essential reading to understand the present-day lives of Native Americans."
Masterful account of the torture/murder of three Navajos by white teenagers. Read full book review >
BEYOND OBSESSION by Richard Hammer
Released: March 23, 1992

"Not for sensitive souls. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
From Hammer (The Helmsleys, 1990; The CBS Murders, 1987, etc.), a scrupulously detailed account of a teenaged girl, her boyfriend, and the murder of her mother. Read full book review >
TO HONOR AND OBEY by Lawrence Taylor
Released: March 19, 1992

"Overall, though, involving and provocative. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
An engrossing but frustrating legal procedural by Taylor (A Trial of Generals, 1981; Trail of the Fox, 1980) that traces attorney Michael Dowd's defense of LuAnn Fratt when the New York socialite was tried for the murder of her estranged husband. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >