True Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

Released: July 11, 2017

"Good fuel for the fire for those who decry the rise of corporate power, a rise unlikely to be altered by the current administration."
Fierce indictment of a parallel-universe judicial system that punishes the poor but increasingly lets the rich walk away from the wreckage of their crimes. Read full book review >
THE DARKENING WEB by Alexander  Klimburg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Klimburg delivers an urgent warning that civil libertarians and cybernauts alike will want to heed."
Of the free internet and its discontents, who are many and powerful. Read full book review >

CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2017

"The book will please Mafia completists, but the overall arc will feel more familiar than revelatory to most true-crime readers."
A straightforward update to the notorious 1978 Lufthansa Airlines heist. Read full book review >
THE HOT ONE by Carolyn Murnick
Released: June 20, 2017

"An original and engaging, if uneven, fusion of memoir and true-crime."
A New York media worker tries to comprehend a glamorous friend's murder. Read full book review >

DOING TIME LIKE A SPY by John Kiriakou
Released: June 16, 2017

"An irreverent and unsettling footnote to the war on terror."
A maverick spy's season in prison. Read full book review >
THE GRIM SLEEPER by Christine Pelisek
Released: June 13, 2017

"True-crime fans will greatly appreciate Pelisek's detail and determination, but some will find the minutiae overwhelming."
It took 30 years for justice to catch up with the serial killer dubbed "The Grim Sleeper" by LA Weekly, where crime reporter Pelisek (now at People) covered the story. In her first book, she follows the case from her first article in 2008 to its final day in court in 2016. Read full book review >
JAMES BALDWIN by William J. Maxwell
Released: June 6, 2017

"An unsettling demonstration of how a paranoid, reactionary government can treat significant artists."
An exposé of the governmental surveillance of James Baldwin (1924-1987), annotated by an accomplished literary scholar. Read full book review >
Released: May 23, 2017

"The book begins as a rollicking, magical tale but eventually bogs down in too much conjecture."
Stapinski (English/Fordham Univ.; Baby Plays Around: A Love Affair, with Music, 2004, etc.) continues her investigation into her family's checkered past. Read full book review >
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
Released: May 16, 2017

"A powerful evocation of the raw pain of emotional scars."
An accomplished literary debut weaves memoir and true-crime investigation. Read full book review >
EXONERATED by Robert J.  Norris
Released: May 16, 2017

"A useful contribution to an important national conversation about crime and punishment."
How efforts to exonerate wrongfully convicted prisoners have grown into an energized international movement. Read full book review >
BLACK AND BLUE by Jeff Pegues
Released: May 9, 2017

"An informative book that could have been presented better."
The justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News debuts with an examination of the tensions between police and blacks, presenting potential obstacles to improvement formulas for tension reduction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >