True Crime Book Reviews (page 7)

Released: March 12, 2013

"A blur of pulpy violence that may appeal to those who romanticize the biker lifestyle. The book is quite similar to George Rowe's Gods of Mischief (2013)."
Fevered yet strangely generic account of a lawbreaker who came to enjoy a high-risk occupation: infiltrating outlaw motorcycle gangs. Read full book review >
Released: March 3, 2013

"A shocking look at the subculture of violent crime, not for the fainthearted."
A graphic recounting of a series of gruesome murders involving young males. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 2013

"The prose is mostly workmanlike, but in a culture besotted with serial killers, Douglas can claim a rare authenticity regarding the evil that men do."
From a pioneer of behavioral analysis, a look at notorious murder investigations marred by controversy. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"Plausible yet incomplete account of biker criminality, delivered with more grime than romanticism."
Brash account of a reformed bad boy's decision to help the federal government take down "Green Nation," the Vagos outlaw motorcycle gang. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Gritty, effective, personalized tale of the outlaw lifestyle and its consequences."
Pulpy, engrossing account of losing a family member to a senseless murder and retribution delivered through the criminal justice system. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A straightforward, full documentation of the challenges encountered in providing care to society's most neglected children."
Diaristic account of providing foster care to a woefully abused child. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Will interest Mafia aficionados, but too scattered and heavy-handed to find a wider audience."
The account of an Italian-American police officer whose friends included both law enforcement officials and "wise guys" in 1960s-era New York City. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"A skillfully written tale of technology and wealth, celebrity and murder and the nativity of today's dominant art and entertainment medium."
National Book Award winner Ball (Writing/Yale Univ.; The Genetic Strand: Exploring a Family History Through DNA, 2007, etc.) returns with a complex story about railroad tycoon Leland Stanford and the murdering man who for a time was his protégé, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"An absorbing study focused on the questionable cost of gathering secrets."
A study of the British intelligence service in which the author ponders an important question: Did the Cold War threat really warrant the grand drama and danger required in betraying country and friendships? Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"Will appeal to those interested in the Mafia, but casual readers may get caught up looking for the story and have a hard time absorbing the material."
Journalist Reski personalizes her longtime coverage of the Italian Mafia in this short recent history of the organization. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2012

"A factual, engaging account of a horrific crime."
In her debut novel, Mal documents the brutal, real-life murder of a young girl in a small Pennsylvania town at the end of World War II. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"Lacks the excitement of a truly thrilling heist caper, but offers an illuminating glimpse into England's criminal past."
A World War I-era true-crime tale about the theft of the world's most valuable necklace. Read full book review >