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Lost Girls

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ISBN: 9780062183651
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 6th, 2014

On May 1, 2010, a young woman frantically begged for help from residents of Oak Beach, Long Island and then vanished into the night. The search for Shannan Gilbert uncovered the skeletal remains of nearly a dozen other prostitutes in the sparsely inhabited area. A contemporary horror story of doomed lives and tragic destinies that may still be unfolding. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


A Wilderness of Error

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ISBN: 9780143123699
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Published: Penguin Books - January 22nd, 2014

Did a Green Beret really kill his entire family in 1970? Part detective, part philosopher, Morris reopens the Fatal Vision case and discovers our justice system is more interested in sustaining fictions than discovering the truth. Compulsive and compelling. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


The Crime of the Century

"The most important equation to solve in life is the human equation." -- Robert Zorn, Cemetery John

Every once in a while, something happens that grabs America by the shoulders and gives it a good shake. The colors of the rainbow suddenly muddy. Our silver linings become streaked with tarnish. Heroes are brought to their knees. There was probably never a time in the 20th century when Americans needed the hope of rainbows and silver linings more than during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Shirley Temple was the biggest box-office star in the country throughout much of the decade. Millions of weary people flocked to theaters to watch the curly-headed moppet sing and dance their troubles away for 90 minutes. The movies always had a happy ending, too, no matter how distant the prospect seemed to be at first. With everything else that they had to deal with, Americans clung to the promise of a happy ending.

The expectation was shaken badly after the kidnapping of the 20-month-old son of Charles Lindbergh on a windy and cold night in March of 1932. Lindbergh was arguably the most famous man in the world, a genuine hero after his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927. It made the abduction of his only child even more puzzling to authorities. There were richer men and there were certainly families whose ordeal would attract less attention and sympathy. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781468306699
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 16th, 2013

Cemetery John

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ISBN: 9781468306699
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 16th, 2013

Despite the fact that only one person was ever charged, everyone involved in the investigation of the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's child in 1932 agreed that it was not the work of one man. This precise, state-of-the-art examination of the infamous crime had its roots in a conversation that still haunted the teenager who overheard it 75 years later. Fascinating, compelling, and sad. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Slaughter on a Snowy Morn

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ISBN: 9781848312166
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Published: Icon Books - March 20th, 2012

An ambitious district attorney sees a grisly double murder as his ticket to bigger things. Small matter, at least to him, that the man awaiting execution for the crime in Sing Sing is innocent. This is a gripping, true-life story of justice thwarted and betrayed. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


The ambition elixir

I initially started to read Slaughter On a Snowy Morn for all the wrong reasons. The title was so intriguingly lurid that I put it aside in my "Good Intentions, But I'll Probably Never Really Read Stack" in my locker. I picked up Colin Evans' book just to pass some time during my lunch hour one day. It was a true crime story, but it read like diabolically crafted fiction. Hitchcock would have loved the wrongly accused man aspect. I was neatly hooked and delighted to be reeled in. I was sorry when my lunch hour was over.

On the surface, the tale is a familiar one: A high-profile, grisly double murder in an isolated community that isn't used to such rude intrusions, an ambitious district attorney who sees the case as his ticket to bigger things, a local sheriff whose previous experience with major crime involved farm animals, the taint of quack science, and the perfect fall guy -- a self-effacing, illiterate German immigrant who could barely speak English. As sort of an icing on the DA's cake, a German submarine sank the Lusitania around the same time. What prosecutor could ask for anything more? (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9781848312166
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Published: Icon Books - March 20th, 2012

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