True Crime Book Reviews

THE AUDACITY OF INEZ BURNS by Stephen G. Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Bloom rescues an important figure from the dustbin of history. Burns receives the storyteller she deserves and can now occupy her proper place in the intersectional histories of feminism, law, and the San Francisco underworld."
In his latest book, Bloom (Journalism/Univ. of Iowa; Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls, 2009, etc.) chronicles the life and exploits of Inez Burns (1886-1976), a flamboyant, unapologetic libertine who rose to prominence as the most notorious abortionist in California in the first half of the 20th century. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A riveting and disturbing true-crime story that reflects the enduring atrocity of rape in America."
The complex account of a young rape victim and the investigators who fought for her justice. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A rich, complex book that makes splendid use of data to trace the recent renaissance of city neighborhoods and how children and the poor flourish in a time of relative peace."
A sociologist's account of the "stunning" decline in urban American violence in the past two decades. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Mossfon remains a maze worthy of a Cretan palace, but Bernstein does first-rate work in providing a map to a scandal that has yet to unfold completely."
A searching look at the tangled, deeply buried financial network exposed by the publication of the so-called Panama Papers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A provocative, well-argued view of practices mostly abandoned by the nations of the world save for a few—the U.S. notable among them."
Study of the phenomenon of political imprisonment, a favorite ploy of authoritarians throughout history. Read full book review >

I CAN'T BREATHE by Matt Taibbi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Sure to be a fixture on any reading list or curriculum regarding the woeful state of the American criminal justice system."
Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi (Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus, 2017, etc.) goes behind the scenes of an infamous police killing of an unarmed black man to explore a tragic national phenomenon. Read full book review >
HOTEL SCARFACE by Roben  Farzad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A gripping account of how the Mutiny's role in Miami's cocaine business changed not only the city, but America."
A history of the infamous Mutiny at Sailboat Bay hotel and nightclub, the epicenter of Miami's cocaine boom years. Read full book review >
BALLAD OF THE ANARCHIST BANDITS by John Merriman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chilling historical evidence of the dire consequences of inequality and injustice."
While artists and writers rebelled against aesthetic conventions, anarchists terrorized pre-World War I Paris. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how technology is changing American policing."
A survey of predictive policing: how data makes it possible, its benefits and pitfalls, and what it may portend for American law enforcement and race relations. Read full book review >
SANDY HOOK by Michael R. Weisser
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A rigorously researched and thoughtful analysis of a controversial issue."
A journalist and former gun shop owner re-evaluates the Sandy Hook massacre and the retailer who sold the weapons used. Read full book review >
AFTER THE ECLIPSE by Sarah Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Despite some repetition, deft pacing and vivid portraits result in an absorbing mystery and a forthright memoir of abiding grief."
In an accomplished debut memoir, a daughter struggles to understand the life of her mother, who was murdered when the author was 12. Read full book review >
ORDERS TO KILL by Amy Knight
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A vivid, chilling portrait of a Russia grown 'scary and unpredictable.'"
A scathing indictment of Vladimir Putin's "police state" that offers compelling evidence of his absolute suppression of any opposition or exposure of the state's corruption. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >