True Crime Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fiction or not, a decent book, easily read and worth it for the ending."
James Willoughby Carnac admits in his autobiography that he is Jack the Ripper; but it is the curator of the Montacute TV, Radio, and Toy Museum in Somerset, Alan Hicken, who has brought the book to light. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A decent addition to a growing body of work about polygamy, the book speaks to the ways isolation, fear and secrecy can shelter insidious abuses until someone has the courage to step forward as a witness."
With the assistance of Cook (Shattered Silence: The Untold Story of a Serial Killer's Daughter, 2009, etc.), Musser describes her transition from obedient daughter and wife in the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to a key witness in court cases against church leaders, including the "Prophet" Warren Jeffs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"The definitive account of one of Hollywood's most notorious scandals."
What really happened between Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Virginia Rappe in that San Francisco hotel room on September 5, 1921? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Birmingham bombing, this account, though ineptly written, does wrap up a sorry episode in the city's history and may have considerable local appeal."
The overly detailed story of a decades-late and yearslong investigation into the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, in which four young black girls were killed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >