True Crime Book Reviews (page 9)

CEMETERY JOHN by Robert Zorn
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2012

"Zorn's research includes new forensic evidence, personal and historical documents, and interviews, laying the foundation for a thrilling true-crime tale that offers a resounding answer to the question of who was really responsible for the kidnapping."
Debut author Zorn makes a compelling case that the 1932 Lindbergh kidnapping was orchestrated by a Bronx deli clerk who got away with the crime scot-free. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2012

"A well-composed, engaging, lurid tale."
A suspenseful murder mystery set on the eve of the Japanese invasion of old Peking in 1937. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 1, 2012

"A quick read about a gruesome crime with a twist at the end—will appeal mostly to die-hard fans of historical true crime."
The final installment of the author's true-crime trilogy about New York City in the Gilded Age. Read full book review >
KILLER ON THE ROAD by Ginger Strand
HISTORY
Released: April 15, 2012

"An interesting detour into a true-crime niche."
Strand (Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies, 2008, etc.) explores the connection between America's sprawling highway system and the pathology of the murderers who have made them a killing ground. Read full book review >
L.A. '56 by Joel Engel
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 10, 2012

"Disturbing social history in the form of a fast-paced thriller."
True-crime story of rape and racism in postwar Los Angeles. Read full book review >

THE SCENT OF SCANDAL by Craig Pittman
TRUE CRIME
Released: April 5, 2012

"Though exhaustively researched, the book is not compelling enough to hold the interest of anyone who does not have a personal connection to the material. Read Eric Hansen's Orchid Fever (2000) instead."
An excruciatingly detailed account of the 2002 controversy that rocked Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Fla., when its scientists were asked to identify an orchid of dubious origin. Read full book review >
THE BAREFOOT BANDIT by Bob Friel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"A remarkable crime saga that could have been 100 pages shorter."
Highly detailed account of a teenaged criminal who eluded law enforcement for two years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, an engrossing look inside Al Capone's murderous ranks and a chilling examination of a natural born killer."
Gusfield presents the short, brutal life of "Machine Gun" Jack McGurn (1902 –1936), born Vincent Gebardi, a gifted athlete who became notorious as Al Capone's deadliest lieutenant and putative organizer of the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929. Read full book review >
A SILENCE OF MOCKINGBIRDS by Karen Spears Zacharias
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"An incomplete though mostly engaging portrait of the circumstances surrounding the death of a little girl."
One woman's investigation into the murder of the daughter of a former family friend. Read full book review >
HOT ART by Joshua Knelman
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: March 13, 2012

"Engaging exposé of an underground world less glamorous and more intricate than its Hollywood representations."
Skillfully rendered overview of the startlingly complex world of art fraud and thievery. Read full book review >
TRUE CRIME
Released: March 7, 2012

"A worthwhile read for those interested in the underbelly of American history."
A look at the art of the con, based on the story of a man who fought back against the con artists who swindled him. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2012

"Not recommended."
Unsavory account of the suffering of Sharon Tate's family in the aftermath of her murder and her mother Doris' and sister Patti's subsequent rise to national prominence as advocates of victims' rights. Read full book review >