True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

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 >
Released: March 20, 1996

"Reduces a tragedy to what seems a parody of well-intentioned reform."
This earnest polemic suffers from a fatal lack of proportion. Read full book review >
Released: March 2, 1996

"An intriguing story, but don't count on being able to render a verdict on Barbella's case at the end of it. (12 pages photos, not seen)"
A dramatic account of a young immigrant, who in 1895 slit her lover's throat and became the first woman sentenced to the recently invented electric chair. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 22, 1996

"Despite Arax's uneven, often melodramatic writing, this is a startling dissection of a corrupt city and an intensely personal history of the Armenian-American people."
In January 1972, two men walked into Ara Arax's Fresno (California) nightclub and shot him to death. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Try Alaska, and let Nickerson be your guide. (6 maps) (Author tour)"
All manner of things get lost in Alaska, and they are the subject of this grave contemplation, vulnerable and delicate as a baby's breath, from Nickerson, the state's onetime poet laureate (197781). ``I live in a place where people disappear. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Kipps fails to objectively question Maher's motivation and actual role in these adventures: Is he a dutiful bounty hunter or a lowlife snitch? (First serial to Penthouse)"
This overheated, romanticized account may be stretching things a bit too far in attempting to portray police informer Kevin Maher as a modern-day bounty hunter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >