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Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire Harman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520399
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

Nearly half a century before prostitutes began encountering an infamous serial killer in the Whitechapel district of the city, another murder galvanized the city of London. The victim was Lord William Russell, a prominent member of a social class that regarded murder among their ranks as more of a personal affront than a brutal crime. Pundits were quick to point out that Lord Russell's gruesome demise was probably inspired by the proliferation of popular novels that, at least in the minds of a titillated public, glorified such depravity. Much to his displeasure, Charles Dickens was included among the inflammatory cadre of authors. This book is both a compelling murder mystery and an insightful look at the impact of popular culture on public behavior.


The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

Add another disturbing layer to the contentious reputation of an American classic. That Nabokov tapped into a real-life tragedy does not diminish his supreme artistic achievement, but it does belie his oft-stated maxim that his art resides in a realm aloft from the tawdry world. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

A Killer Recipe:
Start: ladies from anywhere, anytime;
Add: lust for money, security, freedom, sex;
Subtract: empathy, tolerance, mercy:
Add: steely will, cunning, arsenic, knives;
Subtract: many, many, many dead bodies. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - Book Review

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By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

Over more than a decade an unidentified attacker raped and murder his way across California. His methods were precise and cunning, his MO always the same. McNamara (and many other amateur sleuths) dedicated a tremendous amount of personal time to solving this cold case. Unlike most true crime accounts, this one doesn't have a happy resolution. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - Book Review

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By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

He was one of the most prolific -- and least known -- criminals in American history. Nearly 50 rapes and at least 10 murders were committed by an elusive predator who prowled suburban neighborhoods in southern California in the 1970s and 80s. At the time, he was known as the East Area Rapist and he became a near obsession with Michelle McNamara, who gave him a more ominous moniker, the Golden State Killer. This is a literate, meticulous examination of a brutal series of crimes told by an author whose own determination to bring him to justice proved to be as relentless as the killer's was to destroy lives. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

Most people conjure up images of fog when they think of London. Jack the Ripper haunted its foggy, gas-lit streets in 1888. In 1952, while another serial murderer was loose in the city, the fog itself became a killer. Thousands of vulnerable people succumbed to the thick, yellowish smog that lingered for days, trapping people in their homes, providing cover for criminal activities, and instigating a public outcry over the government's promotion of toxic, cheap coal. This is a fascinating look at a little known -- and little reported catastrophe. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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