True Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

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
CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >