True Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
HOT PROWL by Jack Gray
TRUE CRIME
Released: Aug. 26, 2013

"Painstakingly researched, exhaustive and direct; true-crime enthusiasts will not be disappointed."
This debut true-crime bookoffers a meticulously detailed account of the Original Night Stalker, who terrorized California for years and was never caught. Read full book review >
THE INTERNET POLICE by Nate Anderson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 19, 2013

"A thought-provoking primer on the state of cybercrime."
A nuanced study of crime on the Internet and how government and law enforcement agencies have been tackling it. Read full book review >
CRAZY RICH by Jerry Oppenheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"A gossipy, character-driven saga suggesting that the spoiled rich are their own worst enemies."
A prolific biographer of the rich and infamous, Oppenheimer (Madoff with the Money, 2009, etc.) digs into five generations of the Johnson family, "the most dysfunctional family in the Fortune 500." Read full book review >
UNDERCOVER COP by Michael Russell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime readers interested in the grimy realities behind Mafia glamour and undercover work."
Memoir of infiltration of the New Jersey Mafia, told with bluster and bravado. Read full book review >
MANSON by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A compulsively readable account of a murderer who continues to fascinate."
Guinn (The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—and How It Changed the American West, 2011, etc.) paints a striking, full-length portrait of one of American history's most notorious sociopaths. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Riveting reading from start to finish."
A prominent New York attorney's unsparing account of how she and her four siblings survived extreme abuse and neglect at the hands of their mentally ill mother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >