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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


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


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