True Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

HISTORY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"What could have been a silly exposé of Paris, hypnotism and detection is instead a well-constructed, informative work by a talented author."
International journalist and Washington Post nonfiction book editor Levingston (Historic Ships of San Francisco, 1984) uses the story of a murder by a foolish girl and her lover to illustrate another side of belle epoque Paris. Read full book review >
BLOOD ROYAL by Eric Jager
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"An impressive combination of mystery, crime story, and social and political history."
Few works of fiction will grab readers' attention as well as Jager's (The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal, and Trial by Combat in Medieval France, 2004) riveting story of a 1407 murder mystery that split the royal family of France. Read full book review >

WHITEY ON TRIAL by Margaret McLean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Indifferent writing aside, the authors deliver some newsworthy revelations that, if proven, would make it difficult to distinguish the good guys from the bad."
Alternately vivid and limping yarn about the recent Whitey Bulger trial, which ended in the murderous Boston mobster's imprisonment in August 2013, and the events that set it in motion. Read full book review >
ELIOT NESS by Douglas Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Despite minor flaws, there is much to learn and enjoy for crime-solving fans and American history buffs."
A thorough recounting of the career of Eliot Ness (1903-1957), from humble beginning to humble ending, with spectacular fame in between. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >