True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The stage for the crime is evocative, but the telling of the tale is flat and, coming from a crime novelist, strangely lacking in mystery. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Mystery novelist Press helps uncover a real-life murder in her hometown of Salem, Mass. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 1996

"With three authors, it might be expected that at least one could have managed to show rather than tell. (Author tour)"
In an account burdened by hazy reportage and sloppy writing, private investigator Pe§a's caseload, dazzling though it may be, reads like so many tall tales. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"But he does offer a vivid portrait of a sad, overpopulated country, divided by class and poverty, still hostage to the legacies of American colonialism and Ferdinand Marcos, and whose patterns of violence and retribution seem unconquerable."
A former NPR correspondent chronicles three political murders near the central Philippine city of Himamaylan, where, in the late 1980s, liberation theologists, Communists, and the Philippine army vied for power. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 1996

"Englade might have done better to restrict his tale to one or two of its threads and explore in greater depth the world of wealth of which we get only a glimpse here."
Englade has a gripping tale of sordid doings in the super-rich world of show horses, but his narrative runs out of steam long before it reaches its conclusion. Read full book review >
POSTMORTEM by Jeffrey Abramson
Released: June 19, 1996

"A small contribution to understanding an overblown story."
A collection of essays on this season's ``trial of the century,'' edited by lawyer Abramson (Politics/Brandeis Univ.; We the Jury, 1994). Read full book review >

Released: June 10, 1996

"Pienciak's sarcastic tone, from the book's title to his mockery of Carolyn's appearance, repeatedly disrupts the narrative, which never adequately explains what happened, or why. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The freakish tale of wife-killer Eric Napoletano and the mother who protected him from the police. Read full book review >
BAD GUYS by Mark Baker
Released: June 1, 1996

"Well-observed and at times depraved, this is a unique account of the current prison population."
Career criminals telling their stories, wiseguy-style. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 1996

"A detailed study of the disintegration of a family, but lacking in some of the finer strokes that make a great crime story. (Literary Guild and Mystery Guild selections; author tour)"
Another solid true-crime entry from Olsen, author of (among others) Doc (a 1990 Edgar award winner) and Charmer (1994). Read full book review >
RUN JANE RUN by Jane Wells
Released: April 20, 1996

"Years pass in paragraphs and the reader is none the wiser as to why this family—and so many others—went so terribly awry. (Author tour; television and radio satellite tour)"
A young mother is devastated when her ex-husband is gunned down by her abusive current spouse. Read full book review >
TRESPASSES by Howard Swindle
Released: April 1, 1996

"A remarkable insight into the minds of rape victims, and a brave attempt to study the darker recesses of violence and human sexuality."
Swindle, a Dallas Morning News editor, investigates the five- year rampage of the Ski Mask Rapist, a Dallas man still convinced that many of his attacks were seductions. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"Academics may be captivated by the interdisciplinary approach, but lawyers and general readers will bail out early on."
What's law got to do with it? Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1996

"Thoroughly researched and compulsively readable, an essential entry in the true-crime canon. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
This exceptionally captivating narrative, tracing the glittering rise and bloody fall of the Billionaire Boys Club, lives up to its subtitle's lofty, lurid promise. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >