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People Who Eat Darkness

A young British hostess vanishes in Tokyo.  The only "clue" is a dodgy phone message left on her best friend's cellphone. Parry, a foreign correspondent who was on the case from the beginning, traces the story almost around the world.  An excellent true crime story.  I couldn't put it down. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

Iphigenia in Forest Hills

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Iphigenia in Forest Hills: Anatomy of a Murder Trial Cover Image
ISBN: 9780300181708
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Published: Yale University Press - November 20th, 2012

Malcolm's thorough coverage of the murder trial of a female Bukharan Jewish doctor is a fascinating portrait of our legal system. Human frailties in everyone from the defendant to the judge turn the trial into the Greek tragedy referenced in the title. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

The Snakehead

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The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307279279
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Published: Anchor - July 27th, 2010

In 1993 the boat Golden Venture ran a ground in Queens. Three hundred illegal Chinese were forced off the boat and several died. An investigation uncovered a people mover (Snakehead), Sister Ping, who allegedly made forty million dollars in twenty years bringing people to America. Well researched, well written, and fascinating read. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight


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Gomorrah: A Personal Journey into the Violent International Empire of Naples' Organized Crime System Cover Image
By Roberto Saviano, Virginia Jewiss (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780312427795
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Picador - November 25th, 2008

A riveting look at the brutal crime networks in the major shipping hub of Naples whose control of the transportation of art, clothes, drugs and toxic waste disposal have a major effect on the global economy. Saviano is a top notch investigative reporter and has written an engrossing and chilling story. ~ Reviewed by Sarah Knight

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher

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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802717429
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - February 24th, 2009

The gruesome and monstrous murder of a child from a fairly well-to-do family in 1860 England baffles local authorities. Jonathan Whicher, one of the original detectives in London's Scotland Yard, is summoned to the scene. There, he finds a manor house more abundantly populated with suspects than an Agatha Christie novel. Although Whicher's deductions ultimately prove to be correct, his expertise perversely triggers his professional undoing. This eminently readable book is proof in itself that fact is, indeed, stranger than any fiction. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves

Vintage Vermont Villainies

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Vintage Vermont Villainies: True Tales of Murder & Mystery from the 19th and 20th Centuries Cover Image
ISBN: 9780881507492
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Published: Countryman Press - September 17th, 2007

If you have ever felt that we in Vermont have not had our fair share of tantalizing murders and mysteries, this book will set your mind to rest. Mr. Bellamy chronicles a number of examples of chronic misbehavior and unexplained disappearances amongst the Green Mountains, from the case of Bennington College student, Paula Weldon, who set off one afternoon in 1946 for a hike on the Long Trail and has never been seen again to Mary Rogers, who was summarily hanged for using her feminine charms to persuade two brothers to dispatch her husband. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


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