True Crime Book Reviews

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 >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Fans of true crime—as well as detectives in homicide bureaus—will relish this book."
A baseball detective attempts to solve a homicide cold case. Read full book review >

RANGER GAMES by Ben  Blum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lighthearted romp à la Ocean's Eleven it's not, but Blum's well-wrought account suggests that any crime is possible so long as it's made out to be a game."
A vigorous, empathetic chronicle of a crime foretold—or at least engendered, possibly, on a boot camp drill field. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Fans of true crime and readers curious about the inner workings of Mexican drug cartels should enjoy this well-researched story. Though different in execution, this book pairs nicely with Joe Tone's Bones, which covers the same subject."
Two FBI agents work to take down members of a drug cartel wrapped up with quarter horse racing in Texas. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read for those running our prisons and for policymakers in a position to reform them."
A scathing report on the harsh culture of punishment in American prisons that finds expression most keenly in solitary confinement. Read full book review >

GHOST OF THE INNOCENT MAN by Benjamin  Rachlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A sprawling, powerful, unsettling longitudinal account of an overdue legal movement."
A chilling story of wrongful conviction, focused on one man's ordeal, and the growth of the movement to support actual innocence. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
BONES by Joe Tone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A suspenseful story as well as a fascinating depiction of the mechanics of money laundering, the largely unfamiliar world of quarter horse racing, and the dynamics of an extended family, the book draws readers into the complexities of life at the border."
A deep dive into the world of the Mexican drug cartels and their unexpected relationship with quarter horse breeding and racing in the southwestern United States. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FIRE by Monica Hesse
NON-FICTION
Released: July 11, 2017

"A true-crime saga that works in every respect."
A captivating narrative about arson, persistent law enforcers, an unlikely romantic relationship, and a courtroom drama. Read full book review >
POLICING THE BLACK MAN by Angela J.  Davis
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 11, 2017

"An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males. Read full book review >
CHOKEHOLD by Paul Butler
Released: July 11, 2017

"Smart, filled rightfully with righteous indignation, and demanding broad discussion and the widest audience."
"If this chapter reads like a nightmare, it is because that's exactly what the criminal system is for an African American man"—a searing look at the interactions of law enforcement and black men by a former prosecutor. Read full book review >
THE FACT OF A BODY by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A powerful evocation of the raw pain of emotional scars."
An accomplished literary debut weaves memoir and true-crime investigation. 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 >