True Crime Book Reviews (page 10)

NEVER SEE THEM AGAIN by M. William Phelps
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Released: March 1, 2012

"A thoroughly reported procedural too much repetition and heavy-handed foreshadowing."
Thorough account of a quadruple murder in a Houston suburb in 2003. Read full book review >
ANATOMY OF INJUSTICE by Raymond Bonner
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Released: Feb. 22, 2012

"A powerfully intimate look at how the justice system works—or doesn't work—in capital cases."
A veteran journalist focuses on a grisly murder case to explore the legal issues that commonly arise in our ongoing national debate about capital punishment. Read full book review >

TRUE CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

A highly disturbing, in-depth look at notorious serial killers.

As a young Texan, Tony Ciaglia enjoyed a rambunctious childhood, but a near-fatal jet-ski accident left him comatose at 15. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 3, 2012

A courageous FBI agent recounts his battle against a corrupt law-enforcement culture that protected one of the nation's most notorious criminals.

By the time he was ordered to Boston in 1980, Fitzpatrick had already distinguished himself, handling 1960s KKK bombings in Mississippi and uncovering crucial evidence relating to the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, but putting the Boston FBI office on the "straight and narrow" proved impossible. Read full book review >

EL NARCO by Ioan Grillo
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Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A valuable contribution to the literature of the Drug War."
Accomplished, chilling account of the murderous growth of Mexican drug cartels. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Despite the occasional slow spots, Colquhoun successfully balances suspense with historical accuracy."
Account of the first Victorian railway murder in Britain, and how the broader historical events surrounding the crime shaped the hunt for a killer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"A savage, unrelenting tale."
A spellbinding narrative of drugs, death and debauchery as told by one of America's most notorious criminals. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 20, 2011

Acclaimed novelist Vann (Caribou Island, 2011, etc.) alternates his own adolescent fantasies about guns and school shootings with those of Steve Kazmierczak, who on Valentine's Day 2008 killed five and wounded 18 on the Northern Illinois University campus before ending his own life.

The author's notes that his back story and that of Kazmierczak are similar. Read full book review >

ASSASSINS OF THE TURQUOISE PALACE by Roya Hakakian
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Released: Oct. 4, 2011

Riveting account of a multiple murder and trial that led to a paradigm shift in Europe's relations with post-revolutionary Iran.

On September 17, 1992, heavily armed assassins burst into a restaurant in a quiet immigrant enclave in Berlin, rudely interrupting a dinner honoring Sadegh Sharafkandi, a leader of a dissident Iranian-Kurdish political organization. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 27, 2011

Overview of the war on drugs being fought without relief in Mexico and the United States.

In her debut, Longmire is a longtime analyst of drug trafficking, advising government agencies on the realities and solutions that might mean a few victories along the porous, violence-ridden U.S.-Mexican border. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

The gripping narrative of a twisted serial killer preying on the most vulnerable citizens of Paris during the Nazi occupation.

In King's third work of historical nonfiction (Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna, 2008, etc.), he turns to World War II and the city of lights, narrating a frightening tale. Read full book review >