True Crime Book Reviews (page 11)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2011

The picaresque adventures of the legendary French thief, cuckold, turncoat and spy.

Former lawyer turned proficient crime writer Morton (Gangland Soho, 2008, etc.) finds an irresistible subject in Eugène-François Vidocq (1775-1857), who discovered his lucrative calling as a prison informer and founder of the first detective agency in Paris in the 1830s. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 21, 2011

Jorge Salcedo's clandestine transition from a notorious drug cartel's head of security to a DEA informant.

Investigative reporter Rempel's debut offers a behind-the-scenes look at a never-before-told story—the secret plot to assassinate drug lord Pablo Escobar, recounted by the man hired to do it. Read full book review >