True Crime Book Reviews (page 5)

MANSON by Jeff Guinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A compulsively readable account of a murderer who continues to fascinate."
Guinn (The Last Gunfight: The Real Story of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral—and How It Changed the American West, 2011, etc.) paints a striking, full-length portrait of one of American history's most notorious sociopaths. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Riveting reading from start to finish."
A prominent New York attorney's unsparing account of how she and her four siblings survived extreme abuse and neglect at the hands of their mentally ill mother. Read full book review >

THE NYPD TAPES by Graham A. Rayman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A fantastic story with enough minor flaws to irritate but enough real-life drama to keep readers coming back."
Village Voice staff writer Rayman turns his newspaper series about NYPD corruption into a full-length book. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2013

"Will satisfy true-crime buffs wondering what seamy secrets lie behind the bikers' vows of brotherhood and silence."
Straightforward account of the transnational rise of outlaw motorcycle gangs since the 1980s. Read full book review >
LOST GIRLS by Robert Kolker
HISTORY
Released: July 9, 2013

"An important examination of the socioeconomic and cultural forces that can shape a woman's entry into prostitution."
In his debut, New York magazine contributor Kolker delves into the disappearances and murders of five women, all working as escorts in the New York metropolitan area. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"A well-researched, clearly written biography of a strange character."
Longtime magazine journalist Kobel (Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture, 2007) documents the controversial life and death of Professor John Buettner-Janusch (1924-1992), the world's expert on lemurs and a man so out of control that he served two prison terms for two separate crimes. Read full book review >
DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Peter Lance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"It's often difficult—if not downright overwhelming—to keep track of the many players in this story, but aficionados of Mafia history and those concerned with FBI corruption will find this thorough investigation satisfying."
ABC news correspondent Lance (Triple Cross: How bin Laden's Master Spy Penetrated the CIA, the Green Berets, and the FBI, 2009) delivers an exhaustive examination into the life and crimes of Mafia capo Gregory Scarpa Sr. and his questionable decadeslong relationship with the FBI. Read full book review >
VINNY GORGEOUS by Anthony M. DeStefano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 2, 2013

"Enthusiasts likely already know the details of Basciano's trials, and casual readers will be better served by other, clearer accounts."
From organized crime specialist DeStefano (Mob Killer, 2011, etc.), a convoluted exploration of the career of Mafioso Vincent Basciano, who is currently serving a life sentence in a Supermax facility. Read full book review >
THE SKIES BELONG TO US by Brendan I. Koerner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2013

"A riveting, highly readable tale of terror in the skies."
A chronicle of the 1972 skyjacking of Western Airlines Flight 701. Read full book review >
Killer Dads by Mary Papenfuss
TRUE CRIME
Released: June 11, 2013

"Informative, provocative, and challenging in a way that belies its somewhat silly title, this book is a must-read for those interested in criminal psychology and issues of domestic violence. "
A former crime reporter takes on the unthinkable topic of men who murder their own children in this book that melds true crime, anthropology, and issues of social justice. Read full book review >
RUN, BROTHER, RUN by David Berg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Engrossing family history and an appealingly salacious tale, related in a bemused tone that does not hide the social ugliness and personal heartbreak underneath."
Gritty memoir with unusual connections to the criminal underworld, the legal world and Hollywood. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN MEXICO by Alfredo Corchado
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 2013

"People are willing to do anything about Latin America other than read about it, or so it's been said. This is one book about Latin America that merits attention."
Mexico-born U.S. journalist Corchado frames a portrait of a torn nation within an account of escaping his own murder. Read full book review >