True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: April 28, 1993

"The smell of wet, coal-laden earth, white lightening, and cocaine-driven sweat rises from these marvelously atmospheric—and compelling—pages. (Eight pages of b&w photographs) (TV rights to ABC)"
Hillbilly sociopaths rip off a miserly old doctor and kill his daughter: another first-rate—and lurid—true-crime chronicle from journalist/novelist O'Brien (Margaret in Hollywood, 1991; Murder in Little Egypt, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
LOVE'S BLOOD by Clark Howard
Released: April 7, 1993

"A rich mix of sex and blood with eroticism too strong for any Amy Fisher-type TV miniseries—though it's a Drew Barrymore natural. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Deeply engaging tale of a teenager who may—or may not—have helped kill her parents. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

"Tabloidism on a giant scale: hot revelations, breathless prose, and a sleazy story that slows only near the end, as a burnt-out Hill drags herself across Europe. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.) (Film rights to Lorimar)"
Edmonds, having unlocked the closets of Fatty Arbuckle (Frame- Up!, 1990) and Thelma Todd (Hot Toddy, 1989), continues as the Kitty Kelley of dead Hollywood celebs in this superbly researched, highly sensationalized bio of Virginia Hill. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1993

"Not to be missed by true-crime fans—but to be read with rubber gloves."
Excellent but gruesome history of the meaning of scientific clues in the catching and jailing of murderers. Read full book review >
Released: March 23, 1993

"Smartly written and compelling."
Superbly well-balanced and thoughtful reconstruction of a family life in the Anchorage underworld; based on Rich's series of articles that appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. ``Family life'' may be too loose a phrase to bind the fragments of existence excavated by Rich while digging up the bones of her murdered father and mad mother. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1993

"Olsen explains Shawcross without excusing him, creating an unforgettable portrait, horrifying yet compassionate, of a doomed modern-day monster."
Mesmerizing, mournful portrait of serial-killer/rapist Arthur Shawcross—who also practiced necrophilia and cannibalism—that digs deep to lay his tortured psyche bare. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 23, 1993

"Though in many ways parallelling Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted (1992), Schutze's investigations into a potentially riveting true-crime scenario remain tabloid shallow. (Twenty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Involving but unsatisfying chronicle of the murderous career of a Bible Belt Borgia. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 17, 1993

"Like a long but intense TV-movie (with even an extraneous love subplot between Keeney and a fellow lawyer thrown in): stock characters and real thrills. (Photos—not seen.)"
The nail-biting tale of a female serial killer and the lawyer who dogged her to justice. Read full book review >
A VIOLENT ACT by Alec Wilkinson
Released: Feb. 8, 1993

"Wilkinson's deceptively simple account of it is uncommonly thought-provoking and, using not one wasted word, exemplifies the writer's art."
Superb chronicle of a homicidal madman who terrorized a small midwestern town. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Virtuoso, enthrallingly authentic portrayal of a pocket of the contemporary Deep South. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Powerfully rendered story of the reign of terror and downfall of a sadistic southern police chief; by the assistant managing editor for the Dallas Morning News. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 12, 1993

"Unusual for its psychological depth and close-ups of exotic new forensics. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A standout in the recent spate of books about serial killers. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Carcaterra has a strong story to tell, but he's told it best before."
Encouraged by the enthusiastic response to his article in Life magazine (May 1991) on growing up with a murderously violent father, Carcaterra, a former New York Daily News reporter, has now expanded the piece to book-length—and, alas, transformed what was a powerful and moving examination of the psychological and physical costs of family abuse into a diffuse and frequently confusing account. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >