Everything 2001 A Space Odyssey

Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece Rating ***** When I was in my early twenties, I had never read a book solely for enjoyment. That changed after I met my wife. Shortly after we were married, she gave me the novel The Shining by Steven King to read. […]

Review of Fire Lover

Review of Fire Lover: A True Story by Joseph Wambaugh Rating ***** The term psychopath applies to individuals who have some particular personality traits: extreme egocentricity, lack of conscious, abnormal social behavior, bad judgment, lack of empathy, an aversion to the truth, etc. Psychopaths can disguise their faults and appear as normal. But sooner or […]

Review of Cold Kill

Review of Cold Kill: The True Story of a Murderous Love by Jack Olsen Rating **** If there is one thing consistent with true crime books, it’s that there usually aren’t many likable characters. That is true about this story except for one private detective named Kim Paris, who wrangled herself into the life of […]

Review of The Sun Does Shine

Review of The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom On Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin Rating ***** I am an opponent of the Death Penalty. I’ve read too many stories of how our broken justice system unfairly imposes punishment. Besides, what can be worse than taking away […]

Review of A False Report

Review of A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America Written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong Rating ***** It all starts with the rape of an eighteen-year-old girl named Marie. That singular event sets in motion a story that could only have been told after years of investigative work and research […]

Review of Without Mercy

Review of Without Mercy: Obsession and Murder Under the Influence written by Gary Provost Rating ***** Without Mercy is one of those books where you don’t want to give away too much in a review. So, I’ll start by saying that this book involves murder, deceit, and a cast of morally corrupt characters. At the […]

True crime meets survival story

Review of Alone: Orphaned on the Ocean written by Richard D. Logan and Tere Duperrault Fasbender Rating ***** It’s not that often that you can combine a true crime story with a survival story, but that is exactly the story that this book has to tell. Tere Duperrault, who went by the name of Terry […]

Two books, two films, four quicktakes

I will close out 2017 with a couple of QuickTakes. First up is the book and film The Glass Castle. Book The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls (Previously reviewed here) Film The Glass Castle writers Destin Daniel Cretton and Andrew Lanham directed by Destin Daniel Cretton Rating ***** It’s been six years since I read […]

Review of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci written by Walter Isaacson Rating ***** Reading Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson proves that while technology changes people remain the same. No Leonardo story reinforces that notion more than the story of Isabella d’Este, who pestered Leonardo for years to paint a portrait of her. She complained that other artists had […]

Review of Above Suspicion

Above Suspicion written by Joe Sharkey Rating ***** Mark Putman was a man with a promising career with the FBI. He was hard working, motivated, and an overachiever. His world came crashing down thanks to some bad decisions and an encounter with a female informant that turned deadly. The how and why of what happened […]

Review of Lucky Bastard

Review of Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad, and the Things I’m Not Allowed to Say on TV Written by Joe Buck Rating ***** I’ve lived in St. Louis for most of the 80s and 90s. To me and many others, the voices of Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were synonymous with summer. I was […]

Review of Too Pretty To Live

Review of Too Pretty To Live: The Catfishing Murders of East Tennessee written by Dennis Brooks Rating *** I was attracted to this title because of the catfishing angle. I was left questioning the outcome of not just the murders but the outcomes of those involved. This book was written by the prosecutor of the […]

Review of The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League written by Jeff Hobbs Rating **** Last week in Texas a sixteen-year-old boy was charged with the murder of his fourteen-year-old neighbor, a young girl whose body later turned up in a landfill. What was behind […]

Review of Off the Cliff

Off the Cliff: How the Making of Thelma & Louise Drove Hollywood to the Edge written by Becky Aikman Rating ***** I loved this book. As a fan of the film, I found the whole behind the scenes anecdotes entertaining. Can you picture Jodie Foster and Cher as Thelma & Louise? I’ve always felt that the […]

Review of American Fire

Review of American Fire by Monica Hesse Rating **** A serial arsonist is on the loose in a small town in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Who is responsible? What is the motive? When and how will they be caught? These are some of the questions that American Fire attempts to answer. This story […]