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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


The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird by Joshua Hammer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501191886
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Published: Simon & Schuster - February 11th, 2020

By the author of the best-selling Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, this fabulous true tale follows the incredible decades-long story of one of the world’s most notorious smugglers of endangered raptors and the dedicated British detective determined to stop him. Woven in is the history of rare egg collecting and Arab high stakes falcon racing. Fascinating, eye-opening and thrilling from the opening page. A thoroughly enjoyable mix of history, nature, international adventure, and true crime. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


A Rip in Heaven by Jeanine Cummins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780451210531
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Published: Berkley - June 1st, 2004

This true crime memoir by American Dirt author Jeanine Cummins is truly horrifying. Told in the third person, Cummins tells the story of the 1991 brutal assault and murder of her two cousins and subsequent investigation into her brother, who survived the attack. Cummins delves into the crime from all angles, from the background of the assailants, the exploitation and betrayal of the media and legal system, to the terrifying experience that left her brother and family traumatized forever. ~ Reviewed by Jen Grigsby


The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449236
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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

A mind-blowing decades old murder investigation is enhanced by a highly intelligent and original memoir that takes a hard look at human nature, violence, and masculinity in America. Reviewing the Rainbow murders through the lense of Eisenberg was like being in the passenger seat with an extremely gifted driver who knows exactly how to maneuver West Virginia's switchback mountain roads in the dark because she's lived there as an outsider trying to fit in and knows exactly where to shine the headlights. The implications of her sociocultural findings reach far beyond the borders of Pocahontas County and are sure to place her work on every must read list for years to come. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


The Third Rainbow Girl: The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia by Emma Copley Eisenberg - Book Review

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Published: Hachette Books - January 21st, 2020

The brutal killing of two young women on their way to a festival in West Virginia called the Rainbow Gathering haunted the mountains and hollows of Pocahontas County for decades. Most people thought the murders had been committed by a bunch of raucous local men. Even as the months dragged into years, a police officer and a local lawyer were determined to break through the wall of silence and fear and find justice for the two victims. The author lived in West Virginia, where she helped to bring literacy and guidance into one of the most poverty stricken states in the country. She acquired a unique perspective into its insular social structure. This is a taut true crime story with a surprising resolution. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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