True Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

Late Night Letters to the Moon by David Timoney
TRUE CRIME
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"Revelatory and thought-provoking, a redemptive story that eloquently chronicles the long road to right a wrong."
Timoney's book—"based on some true events"—follows a crooked real estate broker who does time and emerges a better man. Read full book review >
THE MAD SCULPTOR by Harold Schechter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"For readers who enjoy the stories of the sensationalistic press of the 1930s and its crass exploitation of the details of horrific murders; not for fans of clever police work or investigative reporting."
The fiendish story of "mad sculptor" Robert Irwin (1908-1975), featuring "the kind of lurid goings-on that speak to the secret dreams and dangerous desires of the public." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2014

"Prodigious research and fierce affection illumine every remarkable page."
The Great Gatsby floats on a limpid river fed by myriads of autobiographical, cultural and historical tributaries. Read full book review >
THE BURGLARY by Betty Medsger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2014

"Medsger captures the domestic political ferment of the 1970s on a large canvas, though the narrative's extreme detail and depth occasionally make for slow going or repetitive observations."
Ambitious, meticulous account of a successful burglary of the FBI, during a different time of controversy regarding governmental surveillance. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"The workmanlike telling of Ogorzow's pursuit and eventual capture lacks a certain impact, though fans of serial-killer narratives will surely be engaged."
Straightforward account of the historical curiosity of a sadistic serial killer preying on women in the heart of Nazi Germany. Read full book review >

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
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >