True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Not a tremendously hopeful work, but Gordon's audaciousness in regarding the condemned as creative citizens is memorable and gripping."
A surprising—and frequently searing—examination of the prison experience, seen from both inside and out. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 25, 2000

"Robinson's prose is often breathless, urgent—even hyperbolic—but if only a modest moiety of his claims are accurate, the threats to the world's financial security are indeed ominous."
A prolific novelist and nonfiction author (The Hotel, 1997, etc.) explains the threat of international organized crime. Read full book review >

THE SHARK NET by Robert Drewe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Altogether unexpected and quite involving: a briskly paced summer read."
Such a strange literary amalgam: a Cold War-era youth memoir interpolated with a true-crime drama. Yet, as written by Drewe, it not only makes sense, but is also damnably compelling at that. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"This is a memorable work which should be considered by many and undoubtedly will be acted upon by some."
A subversive, disturbing, and altogether remarkable exposure of our frightening transparency to government agencies, investigators, the media, and more malign forces. Read full book review >
ASSASSINATION by Miles Hudson
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"Though Hudson's choice of cases prefigures his conclusions, his evidence is incisive enough to challenge, if not disarm, the ill-informed hatemongering of those who advocate the killing of public leaders. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Does the killing of kings and religious leaders do anyone any good? British historian Hudson (War and the Media, not reviewed) looks at 18 famous cases and finds that only one might have accomplished the killer's goals. Read full book review >

UPINGTON by Andrea Durbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A memorable dispatch from the frontlines of those who fought for justice in the beleaguered end days of apartheid."
A moving and eloquent reminder of the law's power to do good, from a South African attorney (now living in Australia) who helped defend the so-called "Upington 25" in South Africa's largest murder trial. Read full book review >
MY BLOODY LIFE by Reymundo Sanchez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"A crude cautionary tale that lacks redemptive power."
A sad, sanguinary, and clumsy account of life and death among Chicago's Puerto Rican street gangs. Read full book review >
SHARON TATE AND THE MANSON MURDERS by Greg King
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 2000

"Readers might wonder why King's account suddenly surfaces 31 years after the killings, but true-crime fans and Manson fetishists (you know who you are) will find it irresistible."
An oddly timed, incredibly detailed account of the most famous of the Manson Family's victims. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"With enough unanswered questions for two sequels, the authors offer a pile of evidence that (in South Boston at least) politics is all too local. (photos and illustrations, not seen)"
An eye-opening true-crimer that recounts a cooperative arrangement in which two Boston mobsters, in exchange for acting as informants for an FBI agent and his supervisor, were permitted to take over most of Boston's organized crime. Read full book review >
EDUCATION OF A FELON by Edward Bunker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2000

"Needs a jolt of energy, an injection of craft. (Author tour)"
The felon-turned-author (Little Boy Blue, 1997, etc.) revisits the sorry, sordid scenes of his endless crimes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 30, 1999

"An intimate, compelling portrait of seamy and disturbing (thus —forgotten—) aspects of the Gilded Age that, in its narrative of yearningly naive young women and socially respectable male predators, offers a sobering augury of our own violent, sexually stratified times."
Attorney/college teacher McConnell's debut is an accomplished re-creation of two notorious murders of young women in the rural gentility of 1880s Connecticut, with a remarkable sense for the inequities and dark places of that vanished era. Read full book review >
THE GREAT ARIZONA ORPHAN ABDUCTION by Linda Gordon
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Gordon has written the rare history book that readers won—t be able to put down. (35 halftones, 2 maps, 1 table)"
Microhistory at its best. 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 >