True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
TRUE CRIME
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 >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 7, 1992

"Not a behind-the-headlines exposÇ, but an earnest and thoughtful introduction to a perplexing problem whose complexities require further research."
Each year, more than 300,000 American parents abduct their children. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 3, 1992

"A headlong plunge into the depths of a sociopathic mind, told with a master's hand. (Photographs—24 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
Here, as in Small Sacrifices (1987), Rule (If You Really Loved Me, 1991, etc.) re-creates the compelling story of a woman hellbent on gratification and devoid of conscience. Read full book review >

MURDERER WITH A BADGE by Edward Humes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"One almost wishes that Humes were a novelist, so deft is his writing, but his story here is far stronger and more compelling than most crime fiction. (Photographs—not seen.)"
With this superbly crafted chronicle of one of the most complex, enigmatic criminals in memory, Humes (Buried Secrets, 1990) takes his place as one of our finest crime writers. ``Mild Bill'' Leasure was one of the LAPD's blandest officers- -well liked but hardly noticed. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"It's a shame, though, that he does so in such a torturously convoluted way. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Torpid, confusing, and inconclusive account of a multiple murder. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An NBC miniseries based on the book will air in November. (Photos—eight pp. b&w—not seen.)"
A less-than-compelling reinvestigation of a 1932 Arizona crime in which two bodies were dismembered, stuffed into luggage, and taken by rail out of state. Read full book review >
X-RATED by David McCumber
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"There's a strong moral about the wages of sin here but McCumber doesn't belabor it, instead letting this sad and sleazy story—one of the most gripping yet told about the world of pornography—speak for itself. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Adults-only rendition of the lives of two pioneering pornographer-brothers and how one came to murder the other, related in live-wire prose by California journalist McCumber (The San Francisco Examiner, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Interesting for true-crime collectors who can tolerate the minutiae. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough but pedantic study of Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, by a journalist who's been conducting interviews with the killer since 1986. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE V. LEE HARVEY OSWALD by Walt Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"A nose-breaking blow to the lone assassin theory."
Huge, gripping novelistic work that assembles the most legally relevant information known about Lee Harvey Oswald to see how he would fare if tried for the murder of JFK. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >