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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


The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250080547
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 16th, 2017

The Fact of a Body is a startlingly intimate journey through the author’s childhood and molestation by a family member. Her story is intertwined with that of a pedophile sentenced to death for the abuse and murder of a six-year old boy. Her life-long trauma leads her to question the motivations of her abuser, the shroud of silence that surrounded her molestation (and other family secrets), and finally, her feelings about her family, as well as about the death penalty. This cathartic book is deeply personal and moving. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

Like his other book, Lost City of Z Killers of the Flower Moon reads like a novel and would make a great film. Set in the 1920s in the booming oil fields of Oklahoma,the people in this book read like noir characters, Oil barons, thieves,murderers, moonshiners and clean and dirty lawmen including J.Edgar Hoover, cowboys and the victims; (wealthy beyond belief) Native American Tribesmen of the Osage Nation. this is a riveting dark piece U.S. History. Brilliant! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062416124
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Published: Dey Street Books - January 24th, 2017

The author was a reporter in Poughkeepsie, New York when a young man was finally apprehended for the murders of eight prostitutes in the area. Kendall Francois stashed the bodies in the attic of his parents home. In circumstances reminiscent of The Silence of the Lambs, Ms. Rowe attempted to pry details of his life and crimes out of the unrepentant killer. He agreed only if she would divulge personal facets of her own life. A chilling -- and oddly moving -- journey into obsession and madness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

A true crime story that easily ranks with The Devil In the White City. When oil was discovered on lands deeded to the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma, people who previously existed in poverty suddenly found themselves millionaires. The newfound wealth also brought a particularly vicious criminal element into their midst and members of the Osage began dying with terrifying regularity. An extraordinary tale of unquenchable greed and pitiless evil. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Naming Jack the Ripper

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ISBN: 9781493011902
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Published: Lyons Press - September 9th, 2014

This theory of the identity of the infamous Whitechapel murderer is bolstered by DNA evidence. A bloodstained shawl thought to belong to Catherine Eddowes, found at the scene of her grisly slaying, heightened suspicions that one of the prime suspects in the case may really have been Jack. Absorbing reading, whether you come away convinced or not. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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