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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York by Elon Green - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

A particularly vicious serial killer was preying upon gay men in New York. Body parts were found stuffed in trash bags in areas around the city. The victims frequented various bars that catered to Manhattan's gay community and the consensus was that the killer was very likely a patron, too. The police placed a low priority on the investigation into the grisly crimes and, during the years when AIDS was cutting its own swath of death across the city, there was little outcry from the public. This painstakingly researched book about the hunt for a monster is also a concise, fascinating history of the period when gay people cast off the shadows of secrecy and denial and found the voice, the courage, and the political power to demand equality. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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$29.00
ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Becky Cooper was haunted by a murder. In the tumultuous year of 1969, while social unrest enveloped the Harvard campus, a 23-year-old graduate student was found beaten to death in her Cambridge apartment. No one saw anything. No one heard anything. But the presence of red ochre sprinkled on the young woman's body was an intriguing clue and rumors began to swirl around members of the anthropology department. Forty years later, the author embarked on a personal crusade to uncover the identity of Jane Britton's killer, but what bobbed to the surface of the troubled waters of her investigation was the storied university's historic, sustained, and sometimes vicious pattern of prejudice directed towards women. This is an impeccably researched, mesmerizing journey that unearths all the cracks in the foundation of one of America's most hallowed schools. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538746837
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 10th, 2020

Jane Britton was murdered in an apartment near Harvard in 1969. Solving the crime became an obsession for Cooper, who, while spending years tracking down clues and interviewing suspects, eventually and willingly allowed her own prejudices color her investigation and her unsettling identification with the victim. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


When Truth Is All You Have: A Memoir of Faith, Justice, and Freedom for the Wrongly Convicted by Jim McCloskey - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385545037
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Published: Doubleday - July 14th, 2020

McCloskey has dedicated his life trying to free prisoners languishing on death row after being railroaded by the system. His Centurion Ministries is faith-based, but McCloskey is no Mother Teresa: he freely fesses up to his failings, affairs, and his often profound doubt of the power of prayer in the face of brutal injustice. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI by Kate Winkler Dawson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525539551
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - February 11th, 2020

Edward Oscar Heinrich, known as the “American Sherlock,” of his time was a renowned forensic scientist from the early twentieth century and one of our country’s first expert witnesses used in a criminal trial, solving over two-thousand cases! However, little was known about how much he contributed to modern forensic technology and procedures, I know I never heard of him before this book!
This is an engrossing true crime read with each chapter focusing on a specific case and what groundbreaking techniques Heinrich used to solve them. A really great read for anyone interested in the forensic sciences and that loved shows like CSI! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


The Vapors: A Southern Family, the New York Mob, and the Rise and Fall of Hot Springs, America's Forgotten Capital of Vice by David Hill - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250086112
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 7th, 2020

The rejuvenating mineral water from Sugar Loaf Mountain wasn't the only thing bubbling in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Before anyone had ever heard of Las Vegas, it was the place to go for gambling, booze, and prostitution, none of it legal in the buckle of the Bible Belt. That didn't stop organized crime from joining forces with the police and politicians to make the town a veritable Disneyland of vice. Al Capone relaxed there. Sophie Tucker sang in one of the clubs along Central Avenue. Babe Ruth spent spring training months there. J. Edgar Hoover didn't have much good to say about it. This is a fascinating history of the tumultuous years between the beginning of the Great Depression and the end of the 1960s, chronicling the rise and inevitable decline of a notorious city that, in its unashamed boisterousness, seemed uniquely American. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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