Book reviews for true crime junkies; probe the minds of murderers with our collection of novels, memoirs, biographies, criminal psychology and forensic science books.
Charlene The next night… I always knew the past was going to come back and haunt my girls and me one day. I’d only hoped it wouldn’t get them hurt or worse, killed. Mike and I had a well-kept oiled machine in place during our run the streets. Like I told the girls, their father ran his set just like that of a fortune five hundred firm. He treated everyone from his right-hand man, Louis, to his corner boys, with the utmost respect. That’s why he was untouchable for a long time. The men and women who worked for him were loyal. Some have even had their lives taken because they refused to turn on him. They all loved and respected him because of his love and respect for them.
The Devil’s Marble Grave Marker
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley is an intense and thrilling detective novel following the main character Easy Rawlins on his mission to find a girl named Daphne Monet in late 1940’s Los Angeles. Throughout the novel Easy has his home, his one beloved possession, broken into several times, is beaten by the police, has friends brutally murdered, and in the end still manages to find the girl in the blue dress he was set forth to locate from the beginning of the novel. However, through all of the emotional ups and downs Walter Mosely exposes his readers to, one might be inclined to overlook the most important part of the story: the title. It is of common assumption that the noted devil in the blue dress from the novels title is the character introduced wearing a blue dress and the one whom Easy says, “That girl is the devil man” (Mosley 148), however, when considering her actions throughout the story and her reason behind those actions, one might need to consider that Daphne is not the true “devil” in the story at all. A true evil character is one who lies and deceives friends for selfish gain and to only further themselves in life and also is one who will kill to cover up what they do not wish others to discover about them. There is only one character who embodies all of these elements true to the nature of a devil and this character is the one who is described as having “a knot over his right eye that always looked red and raw” (Mosley 8), much like the horn of the devil barely hidden beneath his tattered skin. His lies, manipulation, and merciless killings validate that Walter Mosley’s “devil in a blue dress” is none other than the gracious friend and seemingly innocent bar owner, Joppy Shag.
Murder in the Bush: The Kangaroo Western, or Australian Noir
Peace, Garry Disher’s evocative, unmissable sequel to the award-winning novel Bitter Wash Road, combines the gritty isolation of the Australian bush with the tense, nail-biting thrills this author has made his trademark.
Bleak House, by Charles Dickens
The story of Bleak House by Charles Dickens is told by two narrators, one of them being Esther Summerson, the central character of the book. There are therefore two distinct voices. Esther’s is compassionate and thoughtful, whereas the unnamed other narrator is rhetorical and witty, always speaking in the present tense. There has been a debate ever since the book was first published (1852-3) as to whether the double narrative works as a literary device.
When That Day Comes..Training for the Fight..
I met Christopher Hoyer on LinkedIn, random enough, he sent me a copy of his book which I can't tell you enough good things about..happens to be family as a former Marine, and I, a Navy granddaughter.
Book Review: "Tomorrow They Won't Dare to Murder Us" by Joseph Andras
“Tomorrow They Won’t Dare to Murder Us” is a book about morality and how we begin to question it in situations of extreme danger. When a terrorist attack is being planned by Algerians upon France, there is a certain expectation that we must detest them and we must condone the safety of the public. When the Algerians state that nobody must die then not only do we begin to question our morality but we also begin to question their motives. In this book, we see exactly what horrors these people have endured their more violent neighbours of the French. We see exactly how the Algerians are constantly treated as the outsiders despite being able to speak French and live as the French do. We see exactly the price that is paid for being different in even the slightest of ways. Within the book there are these moments of brutality in which we see people come together against adversity and yet, be punished differently based on who they are and where they are from. It is an absolutely gut-wrenching book for the most part because of the way in which we see certain characters go through intense amounts of pain.
Book Review: "Let the Lord Sort Them" by Maurice Chammah
We can shout "abolish the death penalty" all we like here in England, we do not actually have it. In my opinion, it is completely inhumane for the government and the judicial system to take someone's life into their own hands - especially when there are still violent prejudices which run rampant through the system itself. This book by Maurice Chammah makes the perfect case against the death penalty, going from the falsely accused to the racial implications all the way down to every statistic you can think of. All of them show us that death row either is not right, or is being used in the entirely wrong way.
Booked to Die
Readers are always on the lookout for the next great book, the one that will grab their attention and not let go. Yet even though we’re looking for it, every so often a book catches us by surprise; even more rarely that book becomes part of the very world it seeks to chronicle. Both were the case with John Dunning's “Booked to Die,” the first in the remarkable Cliff Janeway "Bookman" series.
The Fire in the Glass
The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson is the first book in the The Charismatics series. It is a historical fantasy novel set in Pre-World War I London. The protagonist of the book is Lily, a young woman with psychic abilities. Through one of her visions, she foresees a murder and the story follows her as she does everything she can to stop the killer who is targeting mediums in the city. Throughout the book she is accompanied by Lord Strangford. Strangford is one of a number of people with strange abilities that have been dubbed "Charismatics".
Book Review: "The Psychopath" by Mary Turner Thomson
When we think of a psychopath, most of us think of murderous and horrid people and we would be right to do so. But most of us do not even know how to define a psychopath, have not actually met one or have only really seen this stuff on television so do not connect with it in a truer sense. As we are unable to actually put this into perspective, it always comes as a surprise when someone writes about their experience with a psychopath in a very realistic way because it challenges the notions put forward in films such as "American Psycho" (2000) - which may be a good film but not wholeheartedly accurate according to the DSM.
This Town Keeps It's Secrets
I didn't sleep at all that night. I got out of my bed early, a raging headache echoing through my mind, you know the kind you get after drinking too much? It took me a while to compose myself but now that I was, I stood at the front gates of school, with an energy drink in my hand. I always had a funny relationship with school, I didn't hate it, I loved being there at least Most of the time I did. It was a chance to meet the people I had grown up with, a chance to learn, and a chance to think about what the hell I was going to do with my life. The only reason I dreaded the gates, is because you never knew what was going to happen before the day started and boy did today start well.
5 Modern True Crime Books You Need to Read
True crime has honestly become more and more popular as a genre over the last ten years. Not only in literature but also in film and TV, we have more and more documentaries on crime and documentary 'limited series' on crime being made at an almost alarming rate. Documentary true crime has also become more popular thanks to the Netflix True Crime culture in which everything from serial killers to drug lords are shown being captured and given the sentences they deserve in extraordinary circumstances of small evidence that causes their downfall. And yet, in all of this, I have been happy to say that though some of these are original screenplays made for documentary film/TV - some of them are also adapted from books. These books have become more and more popular as this rise has continued over time.