True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

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 >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Still, this incisive portrayal of the Polec murder and Philadelphia's 911 crisis provides a sobering account of personal tragedy as the crucible of social change. (8 pages b&w photos)"
This debut collaboration from journalists Knoedelseder (Stiffed, 1993) and Freedman is a comprehensive portrait of the horrific teen-mob murder of Philadelphia youth Eddie Polec and its aftermath, portraying the Polecs— grief and recovery against a complex tapestry of urban issues with acuity and sensitivity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"One hopes for sufficient outrage garnered to substitute for justice denied; also, for an inevitable movie adaptation that won—t dilute the story's uglier civic dimensions."
Award-winning investigative reporter Leveritt's debut is a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics that resembles an all-true Arkansas Confidential. Read full book review >
GONE BOY by Gregory Gibson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This book should be seriously considered by education professionals, as well as by violence survivors who might benefit from Gibson's singular odyssey."
A father transforms the attempt to fathom his son's senseless murder into a complex, surprising account of memory and discovery amid dark American corners of insanity, gun violence, and malfeasance. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A good true-crime story, with far-reaching implications. (12 b&w photos, not seen)"
Freeman's first book has a subtitle calculated to bring readers up short. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Thus, we—re left to guess about his psychotic motives and thought processes."
The shocking story of Dr. Michael Swango, who, despite being a convicted felon suspected of murdering dozens of his patients, was allowed to practice medicine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"Without fully lighting the dark corners of an unappealing realm, Singular has produced a balanced, detailed, thoughtful consideration of an incident usually reduced to cultural dissonance. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Veteran crime journalist Singular (Talked to Death, 1987, etc.) offers an original perspective on the sadly epochal killing of JonBenet Ramsey. Read full book review >
PRISON WRITINGS by Leonard Peltier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1999

"An important contribution to Native American letters, sure to stir both controversy and renewed attention for Peltier's ongoing quest for freedom."
Part manifesto, part memoir, a standout collection by the celebrated, long-imprisoned American Indian Movement co-founder and activist. Read full book review >
AGATHA CHRISTIE AND THE ELEVEN MISSING DAYS by Jared Cade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Ardent fans may be enthralled; she would be appalled. (31 b&w photos)"
A sympathetic biography of the celebrated mystery writer that focuses on her strange disappearance in 1926. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1999

"This book may not have the sensational appearl here that it had in England, where it was a bestseller, but this study of her case raises important—and very relevant'social and moral questions about responsibility, rehabilitation, and redemption."
An abused child who killed two toddlers is the subject of a lengthy profile that attempts to understand the root causes of such acts and pleads for a different approach to the treatment of youthful offenders. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 1999

"A notably depressing read that exposes the horror of Northern Ireland's history. (21 b&w photos)"
A chilling, stomach-turning study of Northern Ireland's infamous Shankill Butchers, a Loyalist gang of murderers who preyed on Belfast's Catholic population. 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 >