True Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"An inspirational but disturbing story of science as counterweight to evil—not for the squeamish."
Precisely rendered, grueling account of how the 1995 Srebrenica massacre propelled a scientific revolution in missing persons identification. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"An unexpected verdict and its aftermath make this a satisfying murder mystery in the grand tradition."
A suspicious death in a quaint English village sets the stage for a real-life scientific thriller. Read full book review >

I AM TROY DAVIS by Jen Marlowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"Poignant and humane."
A compelling account of the life of Troy Davis (1968-2011), the Georgia-born black man condemned to death for the killing of a white policeman. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A powerful tale of religious beliefs gone awry."
A journalist's engrossing, at times gruesome account of faith-healing abuses within a little-known Christian fundamentalist church. Read full book review >
THE BEAST by Óscar Martínez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A harrowing look at the real costs of globalization, immigration and drug-prohibition politics, short on solutions and absent hope."
Grim, grisly account of the predations suffered by impoverished migrants on the hazardous journey to el Norte. Read full book review >

PRACTICE TO DECEIVE by Ann Rule
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Rule's die-hard fans may be enamored, but other true-crime fans won't find much more than a yawn lurking between these pages."
The reigning true-crime queen dips into the darker side of love and mayhem in her latest microscopic take on homicide. Read full book review >
THE BIRD'S SONG by Timothy M. Burke
TRUE CRIME
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"Fans of legal thrillers and true-crime stories will likely enjoy this ride."
Burke's (The Paradiso Files, 2008) true-crime drama depicts the trials of three different women, each of whom endured a tragic loss. Read full book review >
MY STORY by Elizabeth Smart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"Smart hopes that sharing her story might help heal the scars of others, though the book is focused on what she suffered rather than how she recovered."
The inspirational and ultimately redemptive story of a teenage girl's descent into hell, framed as a parable of faith. Read full book review >
MOB BOSS by Jerry Capeci
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A raw and fascinating account of one mobster's daily activities and career."
Veteran New York reporters tell the story of a Mafia kingpin's rise to power, his decision to leave the mob and his role in testifying against his former partners in crime. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"A tough-as-nails portrait of the close-knit connection among organized crime, the FBI and the deaths of innocent people."
Hard-boiled investigative look at murderous South Boston drug kingpin Whitey Bulger. Read full book review >
FIRE RAISERS, FREAKS AND FIENDS by Ed Nordskog
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 18, 2013

"An enjoyable read for fans of true-crime stories, as well as those seeking insight into arsonists' psychology."
A veteran arson investigator tells stories of his investigations into a wide variety of firestarters. Read full book review >
NARCOLAND by Anabel Hernández
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 10, 2013

"Essential reading for a serious understanding of how the war on drugs is destroying the social fabric of South American nations."
Rigorous, disturbing narrative of how drug cartels infiltrated Mexican society's highest levels. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >