True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

I HAVE LIVED IN THE MONSTER by Robert K. Ressler
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing catalog of facts lacking a strong context but terribly jarring just the same. (Author tour)"
More of the gory details from the former FBI profiler who coined the phrase ``serial killer.'' Among the other murderers he examines here, Ressler continues from Whoever Fights Monsters (1992) his discussion on John Wayne Gacy and includes new information on Jeffrey Dahmer. Read full book review >
MURDER IN AMERICA by Roger Lane
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 1, 1997

"A vivid portrait of the long history of American homicide, thoroughly researched and of interest to both the academic and general reader."
A survey of murder in America from colonial times until the present. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1997

"An eye-opening review of the evidentiary discrepancies that are possible in a celebrated criminal case, even one with over 70 witnesses and an admission of guilt by the accused. (8 pages illustrations, not seen)"
Investigative journalist Klaber and political scientist Melanson, curator of the Kennedy Assassination Archives at the University of Massachusetts, reopen the RFK assassination in an exhaustive and intriguing study. Read full book review >
THE KIDNAPPING OF EDGARDO MORTARA by David I. Kertzer
HISTORY
Released: May 18, 1997

"A moving, dramatic study of the clash between the sacred and the secular."
A dramatic and heart-wrenching tale that reveals a great deal about the battle between conservative and progressive forces in mid-19th-century Europe. Read full book review >
KILLER AMONG US by Joseph C. Fisher
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Released: May 1, 1997

"The idea of a scientific analysis of a community response to fear is an intriguing one, but this book provides little in the way of real analysis."
A semi-scientific study of modern serial killers. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: April 1, 1997

"While Suff's case clearly raises some interesting questions about the nature of madness and violence, and about the factors that create a serial killer, Lane doesn't seriously address them, or arrive at any useful conclusions. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
A lawyer and television writer tries to write the story of a real killer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1997

"An arresting account of the career of a New Age intruder whose capacity to strike at will mocks the very notion of computer privacy and security. (photos, not seen)"
Having chronicled the digital-data brigandage of the notorious Kevin Mitnick (The Fugitive Game, 1996), Littman casts a cool, discerning eye on Kevin Poulsen, who led law-enforcement agencies in a merry chase along the Information Highway. Read full book review >
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Released: March 1, 1997

"A catalog of minutiae that trivializes the crimes it reports and the DOI's relevance to New York."
An employee of New York City's undercover investigative agency (and former reporter for the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers) here reveals very little about very few cases. Read full book review >
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Released: March 1, 1997

"A gripping story that deserves the hand of a master."
A real-life tale of the kind of crime every picked-on kid dreamed of in high school. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Despite the surprisingly short shrift given to the Menendez trial, a terrific introduction to criminal defense by a master practitioner. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
Erik Menendez's defense attorney proves why she's one of the best in the business. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 14, 1996

"Fisher's righting of two terrible wrongs is a remarkable act of generosity; and his narrative of those events is haunting and worthwhile. (photos, not seen)"
A gripping account of the serendipitous investigation that uncovers two miscarriages of justice that branded innocent boys as killers. Read full book review >
MY DARK PLACES by James Ellroy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Fanatics will undoubtedly savor the facts behind Ellroy's fiction (and his murder riffs), but those expecting autobiographical expos‚ of the writer's psychological clockwork will feel stonewalled by macho reserve."
The man who reenergized the hard-boiled detective genre (American Tabloid, 1995, etc.) delivers a true-crime noir unflinchingly detailing his mother's murder and his own belated but obsessive investigation of it. 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 >