True Crime Book Reviews (page 57)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Still, the author excels at factual accounts, and this could be grist for a TV movie. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A meticulous but flat case is made here for a wrongful first- degree murder conviction. Read full book review >
TERESITA by John O’Brien
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Builds to a strong climax while undermining skepticism."
Fascinating Chicago murder procedural resolved by a voice from the afterlife, told here by the two Chicago reporters who first broke the story. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Feb. 20, 1992

"A missed opportunity to examine a disturbing confrontation between two extremes of American life—the false security of the middle class facing the rapacity and unreasoned fury of the criminal underbelly."
Torpid, two-dimensional account of the 1981 kidnap/rape/slaying of Suzanne Rossetti, a 27-year-old woman from Saugus, Massachusetts, who, having moved to Phoenix, fell into the sadistic, murderous hands of a pair of psychopathic escaped cons whom she asked for help to get into her car when she locked the keys inside. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Jan. 14, 1992

"Top-drawer lowlife saga. (Eight pages of b&w photographs— not seen.)"
Appalling, fascinating story of murder for money and low- rent lust in the trailer courts and Dogpatches of Texas and Florida. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Dec. 5, 1991

"A heavy hit for true-crime readers."
Blood-chilling case history by Provost (Without Mercy, 1989) of a murderous psycho accepted by his credulous wife and small community. Read full book review >

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Nov. 18, 1991

"A fast-paced tale, frightening in its implications."
When black teenager Yusuf Hawkins was fatally shot on a Brooklyn street one steamy August evening in 1989, his death sent tremors rumbling through New York City. Read full book review >
CELIA, A SLAVE by Melton A. McLaurin
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"A straightforward and compelling account of one small historical incident that helps to illustrate the complex issues facing pre-Civil War America."
Both a well-told historical narrative about a slave girl sexually exploited by her master, whom she later kills, and a thoughtful examination of the moral tensions that strained the fabric of the antebellum South. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"As it is, they have come up with a merely tepid true-crime tale. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A lackluster account of the murder of a swinging Illinois housewife/community activist, by a pair of Chicago Tribune reporters writing with the victim's brother. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 1991

"Still, by and large, a worthwhile follow-up to Bledsoe's earlier blockbuster—but for a richer, more riveting account of the same crime, see Joe McGinniss's Cruel Doubt, reviewed below. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
Chilling if overlong true-crime chronicle by the author of the bestselling Bitter Blood (1988). Read full book review >
CRUEL DOUBT by Joe McGinniss
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Exciting reading that edges out Bledsoe's account and, no doubt, will hit the charts and find a home there."
Reporting on the same crime as Jerry Bledsoe in Blood Games (see above), McGinniss (Blind Faith, 1988; Fatal Vision, 1983, etc.) again shows why he heads the ranks of true-crime authors—delivering a page-burner of shifting suspicions, macabre ironies, and reversals of field too extreme for fiction. Read full book review >
LITTLE MAN by Robert Lacey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1991

"Enthralling. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Superb revisionist biography not only of Meyer Lansky but also of the supposed American-Italian crime corporation called the Mafia; by the author of The Kingdom (1981) and Ford (1986). Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

"Choppily told, but well-researched and sufficiently bolstered by SassÇ's insider's view of the case to appeal to anyone interested in keeping up with America's continuing cult-murder saga. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Murder by scripture dominates this compelling if unevenly told story about kidnapping and mass murder performed by an extremist faction of Latter-day Saints. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >