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The Man from the Train: Discovering America's Most Elusive Serial Killer by Bill James - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781476796260
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Published: Scribner - October 9th, 2018

The circumstances were almost always the same. A small town and a house that wasn't far from railroad tracks. The dead of night when the family was asleep. An axe. Afterwards, the bodies were covered, the curtains were all drawn, and the home was locked up tight. No one ever survived. It was years before authorities realized that they were dealing with one of the most prolific and savage serial killers in the country's history. This is a story that may rattle even the most hardened consumer of true crime books. You have been warned! ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385521314
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

This is an account of the murder and "disappearing" of Jean McConville, a widow with 10 children in sectarian Belfast in 1972, and the growth and development of IRA's Provos wing, Sinn Fein, and the evolution of today's uneasy peace. Keefe calls it "narrative nonfiction." It is the story of a deliberately broken community. Being partisan, how quickly can nativism turn into nationalism and then radicalization? And what is the result? This is a study in morals, ethics, and loyalties. Terror and justification of violence quickly becomes the norm and has horrendous results on both the victims and the perpetrators. This book is a profound and truly important work that is timely and relevant in many varied ways. Say Nothing will reverberate today and tomorrow, and will ask the reader to pay attention. It is about collective memory, action, guilt, and communal and personal P.T.S.D. Most of all, it is a clear eyed, unromantic record of a horror that was perpetrated for decades and where reconciliation and truths are still in abeyance. I read this brilliant book in a week and turned around and started it again! ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

One of the enduring mysteries in the annals of American crime is what happened on a hot August morning in 1892 on a busy residential street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The gruesome axe murders of Andrew Borden, a prominent local businessman, and his wife, Abby, have been the subject of debate for over a century. Paring away layers of myth and speculation, this is a meticulous examination of the incarceration and trial of Borden's younger daughter, Lizzie, whose high style and impenetrable demeanor generated a media frenzy that, guilt or innocence aside, ushered her firmly into the realm of legend. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524742133
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Published: Dutton - January 8th, 2019

One year after Jo Ann Parks lost her three children when fire engulfed the family's tiny apartment, she was arrested for murder. Many of the findings by investigators that were used to send Mrs. Parks to prison for the rest of her life were rooted in largely discredited theories that attempted to define the quixotic nature of fire. Established authorities were reluctant to accept the new scientifically-based findings, especially those concerning a phenomenon called flashover, and their recalcitrance virtually condemned many people to long terms behind bars. This involving book by a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist is as much about the constantly evolving science of fire detection as it is about a terrible tragedy and a potentially devastating miscarriage of justice. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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


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