True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Her Liuzzo is not a saint, but a courageous woman—restless, idealistic, stubborn, principled, and tragically ahead of her time. (23 illustrations, not seen)"
A loving tribute to civil rights martyr Viola Liuzzo adds a heartfelt, substantive, and long- neglected page to the movement's historical record. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 29, 1998

"The result is edifying, richly colorful, and, at times, enthralling."
This nifty popular history spotlights the interrelated careers of the Georgian era's two most notorious good-for-nothings: Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 11, 1998

"Enlivened by epistolary amours and detective-like research revelations, yet still a sluggish rendition of a resonant tale. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An admirable if not always compelling exploration of a once-sensational murder and trial that recall our recent obsession with the Simpson case. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 3, 1998

"A frightening look at the ineptitude and racism that too often skew the justice system."
A chilling cautionary tale that says reams about the true state of justice in America. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Finally, Alexander and coauthor Cuda (who also coauthored Ice T's The Ice Opinion, not reviewed) will leave some readers wrestling with the idiom of the world they are writing about and in which their narrative is couched. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This memoir of the last year in rapper Tupac Shakur's life tries to give the inside story but is hampered by the writers— falling into the very trap they set out to disarm. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >