True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

Released: June 12, 1992

"Bruisingly detailed: not for the fainthearted."
A plunge into the midnight world of gay sadomasochism and murder-for-kicks that was the playground of Manhattan art dealer Andrew Crispo and his 22-year-old protegÇ Bernard LeGeros. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1992

"A lively and engaging string of benign adventures, then, with none of the harsh bite of violent reality."
A good-time memoir of life on the fringes of the New York mob, by the widow of a crony of Meyer Lansky's. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1992

"Definitive—a must read for true-crime votaries. (Sixteen pages of photos—not seen.)"
Impressively detailed account of the Jeffrey Dahmer serial- murder case. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"Occasionally diverting but mostly as grim as a sheriff's posse. (Seventy-three photos.)"
A recounting of the turn-of-the-century exploits of Bill Miner, ``one of the most wanted outlaws in North America.'' He also turns out to have been one of the least colorful. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"Duncan's distress is evident, but the mazes of her obsession make for a most tortuous read. (Photographs.)"
Snarled saga of a mother searching for her daughter's killer. Read full book review >

BREAKING BLUE by Timothy Egan
Released: May 6, 1992

"Egan rises into the Most Wanted group of true-crime writers with this smoothly told, exciting account."
Powerhouse story of an iconoclastic sheriff who cracked through 54 years of police coverups and solved the oldest open murder case in the country. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1992

"Gibbering horrors brought to heel, secrets of the serial- killer unveiled: a true-crime bonanza, though a bit more self- introspection would have iced the cake. (Sixteen-page b&w photo insert—not seen.)"
The FBI agent who coined the term ``serial killer'' boasts about his exploits—and for good reason. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"Once underway, plenty of tension, with Floyd a warmhearted badman. (Illustrations—125—not seen.)"
Strangely written, often exciting life of Depression-era bank- robber/murderer ``Pretty Boy'' Floyd, by the author of Oil Man (1988). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"This story is hardening into legend, with Diane here a worthy and moving foil to the outsized ego of her husband and his mishmash fantasy life."
Third book on the 1987 murder of Diane Pikul by her millionaire stock-analyst husband, this one the most intimate; by the author of the so-so novel Hansel and Gretel in Beverly Hills (1978). Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and important social document full of deep human insight; essential reading to understand the present-day lives of Native Americans."
Masterful account of the torture/murder of three Navajos by white teenagers. Read full book review >
BEYOND OBSESSION by Richard Hammer
Released: March 23, 1992

"Not for sensitive souls. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
From Hammer (The Helmsleys, 1990; The CBS Murders, 1987, etc.), a scrupulously detailed account of a teenaged girl, her boyfriend, and the murder of her mother. Read full book review >
TO HONOR AND OBEY by Lawrence Taylor
Released: March 19, 1992

"Overall, though, involving and provocative. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
An engrossing but frustrating legal procedural by Taylor (A Trial of Generals, 1981; Trail of the Fox, 1980) that traces attorney Michael Dowd's defense of LuAnn Fratt when the New York socialite was tried for the murder of her estranged husband. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >