True Crime Book Reviews (page 6)

HISTORY
Released: May 7, 2013

"An eye-opening story about the relations among politics, business and justice."
A well-constructed nonfiction legal thriller from prizewinning journalist Leamer (Madness Under the Royal Palms: Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 16, 2013

"Though not always polished, the writing is generally solid, and the story is interesting enough to keep most true-crime fans happy."
Investigative reporter and true-crime vet Glatt (Love Her to Death, 2012, etc.) turns his attention to the story of a rich playboy's gruesome murder. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 11, 2013

"A no-holds-barred indictment of the system, filled with memorable anecdotes and accessibly written."
Two high-profile defense lawyers pull back the curtain on the U.S. criminal justice system and find much to criticize. Read full book review >
RACE TO INCARCERATE by Marc Mauer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 2, 2013

"A worthy tool for liberal educators, but it is not likely to change the minds of conservatives who feel that prisoners are getting what they deserve."
A graphic primer on the inequities of the American penal system, presumably aimed at students who have yet to form an opinion on the subject. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 2, 2013

"Because the names, titles and governmental forms will be unfamiliar to most Western readers, the narrative can feel like tough going at times, but the authors weave a fascinating, dark narrative web."
A true-crime murder mystery from 2011 set in a remote Chinese city, with an outsized impact on governance of the vast nation. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 2013

"A fascinating, convoluted murder mystery demonstrating that the law should never be confused with common sense."
A detailed examination of a 1962 double murder that may have resulted in a wrongful conviction. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 26, 2013

"A flawed but stylistic story that uses the elements of a terrible crime to fuel a meditation on Western culture."
A journalist speculates on the true, if blurry story behind one of America's largest manhunts. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 26, 2013

"A sweeping account of some of the major players in the Minuteman Project, though the ambitious narrative occasionally becomes unfocused."
A scouring investigation of the unorthodox methods of the anti-immigration Minuteman Project. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 19, 2013

"A well-researched and -written investigation that shows the inadequacies in stark human terms rather than as an abstraction."
A journalist explores the quality of indigent defense 50 years after Gideon v. Wainwright mandated adequate counsel for any person charged with a felony. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2013

"A searing account of rights and laws, crime and punishment."
An advocate for the rights of families of murder victims finds common ground with lawyers working to reverse death sentences. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
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 >