True Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Both sophisticated and rowdy, Mindermann reminds us that the cops and FBI often wore white hats during their darker days in the 1960s and '70s."
Mindermann's personal story as a San Francisco police officer who became an FBI special agent in Washington, D.C., during the Nixon administration. Read full book review >
BOSTON MOB by Mark Songini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 29, 2014

"A by-the-numbers prequel to the rise of Whitey Bulger's informant-riddled empire."
The sad, true, bloody story of Boston's Winter Hill Gang. Read full book review >

THE WRONG CARLOS by James S. Liebman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 8, 2014

"Death penalty opponents now have a definitive example to cite; death penalty proponents have an agonizing case to consider."
A Columbia Law School professor and some of his students gather and present evidence establishing the innocence of Carlos DeLuna, executed for murder in Texas in 1989. Read full book review >
THE SEARCH FOR ANNE PERRY by Joanne Drayton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"Occasionally uneven but a pleasure for Perry's loyal fans and a book that is likely to win her some new ones as well."
Literary biographer Drayton (Design/Unitec Institute of Technology; Ngaio Marsh: Her Life in Crime, 2008, etc.) turns her attention to novelist Anne Perry (b. 1938) and the past she couldn't keep hidden. Read full book review >
GETTING LIFE by Michael Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"An intimate, gripping portrayal of a grievous miscarriage of justice."
A man falsely convicted of murdering his wife shares his story. Read full book review >

THE SKELETON CREW by Deborah Halber
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: July 1, 2014

"Both charming and disturbing, Halber's accessible, personalized style is engaging despite being somewhat at odds with the grisly aspects of her topic."
Account of the eccentric online communities that have transformed the forensic identification of deceased missing persons. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2014

"A well-researched tale of a distant-seeming era and crime, echoing our own time's obsession with celebrity transgression and capacity for justifying violence."
Prolific true-crime writer Evans (Slaughter on a Snowy Morn: A Tale of Murder, Corruption, and the Death Penalty Case that Shocked America, 2012, etc.) examines the murder trial of Chilean heiress Blanca de Saulles ("The Flower of the Andes") in a narrative reminiscent of the background melodramas of The Great Gatsby or the musical Chicago. Read full book review >
S STREET RISING by Ruben Castaneda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2014

"The subject matter is explosive and informed by good reporting, but the various narrative lines never really tie together, and the novelistic approach undermines the journalism."
An illumination of the Washington, D.C., crack epidemic. Read full book review >
UNABOMBER by Jim Freeman
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 17, 2014

"Despite its considerable flaws, the book is valuable as a rare insider's account from an agency that does not value transparency."
San Francisco-based FBI administrator Freeman chronicles the agency's two-decade quest to identify and arrest the notorious homegrown terrorist. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Ira Judelson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"Will appeal to readers of true crime and law enforcement narratives."
Acidic account of the little-understood profession of bail bondsman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A fascinating story of ambitions high and low, the ancient yearning to chart a new world and the eternal lure of a quick buck."
The strange, mysterious world of rare maps—and the even stranger mystery of the man who stole them for years without getting caught. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: May 20, 2014

"Despite some truly chilling moments and much to learn, this engrossing case falls flat."
The tale of an entire family succumbing to a tragic string of crimes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >