True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
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 >


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Superb American history."
The shocking shooting and the painful, lingering death of the 20th president. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"The prose is workmanlike, but Rossmiller's patriotic, risky involvement in righting the wrongs of 9/11 resonates on every page."
A crusading, modern-day vigilante goes online to flesh out unsuspecting terrorists. Read full book review >
SKYJACK by Geoffrey Gray
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

A nonfiction mystery revolving around the identity of a legendary criminal who has never been apprehended.

A few years ago, New York magazine contributing editor Gray heard a passing reference to the hijacking of a commercial passenger plane in 1971. Read full book review >


BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 2011

The real story of Mafia life, from one who lived it.

Bonanno (Bound by Honor: A Mafioso's Story, 1999, etc.), the son of eminent Mafioso Joseph Bonanno and himself a long-serving consigliere to the family, sets the record straight about "this thing of ours," calling out Hollywood's inaccuracies about mob life and setting down the history of the mob from its inception in the feudal hills of Sicily to the organized gangsters that have long titillated the public imagination. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"An object lesson in what a couple of determined law-enforcement agents can accomplish, even when outnumbered by the bad guys. "
A real-life Law & Order case, starring Romedio Viola, a detective from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Bonnie Klapper, a prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney's Office. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Burleigh's propulsive narrative and the many unsettling aspects of the case make this a standout among recent true-crime titles."
Powerful assessment of a tragic crime and its disastrous aftermath. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"A slice of American crime history both instructive and tragically entertaining."
The story of an 1874 kidnapping in Philadelphia that received sustained national attention. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

Account of a highly publicized 1926 murder in Fort Worth, Texas, and the trial of accused killer J. Frank Norris, a fiery fundamentalist preacher. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: July 5, 2011

Examination of a murder investigation perhaps gone awry, with Caucasian racism against African-Americans as the leading cause.

Manso (Ptown: Art, Sex and Money on the Outer Cape, 2002, etc.) has resided off and on in Cape Cod, Mass., for decades. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 5, 2011

"A worthwhile read for true-crime fans and followers of the case, but those looking for insight into the mind of a killer will be disappointed."
A thorough, journalistic recounting of two crimes, five years apart, linked by the same alleged perpetrator. Read full book review >