True Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A boozy and often funny investigation into a little-understood corner of America."
The clown prince of "trash prose" cracks the coconut-wireless wide open in a hip exposé of Hawaii's North Shore surfing culture. Read full book review >
THE DEATH OF PUNISHMENT by Robert Blecker
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"While many will dismiss his viewpoint, Blecker presents a strong case with legalistic rigor on some of the darkest questions facing society."
Arresting fusion of memoir and jeremiad, arguing for a punitive approach toward the worst perpetrators of social violence, amid a general overhaul of attitudes toward criminality. Read full book review >

How The English Establishment Framed STEPHEN WARD by Caroline Kennedy
TRUE CRIME
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"A fine investigation of a legal injustice and the cultural upheaval that conjured it."
Modern Britain's splashiest sex-and-politics scandal led to the persecution of an innocent—or at least not especially guilty—man according to this yeasty exposé of the Profumo Affair, reissued for the 50th anniversary of the debacle. Read full book review >
THE SIEGE by Cathy Scott-Clark
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 7, 2013

"A great read that gives readers a better understanding of a terrorist attack from many points of view."
Well-researched account of the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, with plenty of firsthand detail. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An inspiring jail companion guidebook brimming with straight-talking tough love."
Sage, dignified adjuration for the imprisoned. Read full book review >

THE MAN WHO KILLED KENNEDY by Roger Stone
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2013

"Stone may be right, but his book is unlikely to convince anyone who doesn't already agree."
Another in the long line of JFK assassination conspiracy books. Read full book review >
HUNTING SEASON by Mirta Ojito
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Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A dark reminder that anti-immigrant sentiment has a long history in this country and that the immigration issue is not going away any time soon."
A disturbing account of how attacks on Latino immigrants became a teenage sport in one suburban town, whose bigotry is seen here as typical of much of America. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >