True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Kipps fails to objectively question Maher's motivation and actual role in these adventures: Is he a dutiful bounty hunter or a lowlife snitch? (First serial to Penthouse)"
This overheated, romanticized account may be stretching things a bit too far in attempting to portray police informer Kevin Maher as a modern-day bounty hunter. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Watch official America play CYA."
Levelheaded and informative: a former FBI agent on the whodunit of the century. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"Lazy, lackluster reporting of a run-of-the-mill crime. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sodden, clumsy look at a murder that is best summed up by its tabloid subtitle. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 8, 1995

"A powerful document that names names, ranges wide, and probes deep."
A pull-no-punches exposÇ of the forces behind a nationwide wave of false charges of ritual child abuse. Read full book review >
HUNG JURY by Hazel Thornton
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A highly valuable resource for litigators, and a good read for the expanding army of trial buffs."
A juror refutes some common misperceptions about the hopelessly deadlocked juries in the Menendez case. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"The story that inspired the TV series and movie The Fugitiveminus the Hollywood ending. (illustrations, not seen)"
A call to reopen the 40-year-old Sheppard murder case, as heavy and relentless as a killer's weapon. Read full book review >
THE BLUE SUIT by Richard Rayner
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Fictional characters can be indulged, but real penance should be private."
True confessions by a Cambridge alum whose success in literature and love belies a youth of forged checks and stolen first editions. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A reminder that the past is unknowable and that history is whatever historians say it is."
A 19th-century unsolved murder is probed in an analysis that makes a good run at being both solidly academic and convincingly mysterious but comes up wanting on both counts. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Not enough forensic detail for the blood-and-fiber crowd, but this is a terrific read and a moving tale that ends with a strange redemption. (32 pages b&w photos, 1 map, not seen) (Author tour)"
Sufficiently creepy stuff from the master of true crime: This book is better-plotted than the murder itself. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 22, 1995

"Despite all the details of his lifestyle and the FBI-generated psychological profile, there's so much left unexplained that the book feels incomplete. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Film rights to HBO)"
Irritatingly melodramatic and superficial treatment of the 1988 murder of a Florida woman who drank a poisoned Coca-Cola. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 1995

"Provocative and informative, Color Lines confronts the issue of suburban race and class in all their complexities."
A lively, well-balanced, and thoroughly researched account of racial tensions in a New Jersey suburb that had prided itself on its diversity and liberalism. Read full book review >
DRIVE-BY by Gary Rivlin
Released: Sept. 5, 1995

"Underedited but powerful: a rich exploration of a surprisingly multifaceted crime."
A haunting, intimate, though diffuse account of a black-youth- on-black-youth drive-by shooting. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >