Review of Similar Transactions

Review of Similar Transactions by S.R. Reynolds. Rating ***** Similar Transactions tells the true story of serial rapist Larry Lee Smith, who preyed on adolescent girls. The author, Sasha Reynolds, became interested in learning more about Larry Lee Smith after he became a suspect in the murder of one of her son’s classmates. As the […]

Review of Evicted

Review of Evicted by Matthew Desmond Rating **** 1/2 Evicted is an unflinching look at poverty in America. The author follows several families as they deal with a multitude of problems from health and mental issues to the compounding problems associated with eviction. The events described in this book take place in 2008 and 2009, […]

Review of Failure of Justice

Review of Failure of Justice: A Brutal Murder, An Obsessed Cop, Six Wrongful Convictions by John Ferak Rating ***** Most people are of the belief that no one would ever confess to a crime they did not commit. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of innocent people have served time or are currently serving time as a result […]

Review of We Are Not Such Things

Review of We Are Not Such Things: The Murder of a Young American, a South African Township, and the Search for Truth and Reconciliation by Justine van der Leun Rating **** I received an advance review copy of this book. At first glance, the title We Are Not Such Things does not shed a great […]

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I’m always on the lookout for great books at great prices. Finding those books is another matter. I recently learned of a new site that hopes to help in the discovery process by sending subscribers once a week e-mails with the latest eBook offers. The service is free. Just subscribe to the Book Swag email […]

Keith Giammanco the Boonie Hat Bandit

Review of Bank Notes: The True Story of the Boonie Hat Bandit written by Keith and Caroline Giammanco Rating **** I have written extensively about the criminal justice system on this site. Most of the time I am writing about wrongful convictions. This story is unlike any of the others that I have covered. That’s […]

Review of The Inconsequential Child

Review of The Inconsequential Child by Anthony Martino Rating **1/2 I don’t normally read this type of book. I seldom review self help books. But I was approached by someone representing the author (who used a pseudonym to write the book) to take a look. So after finishing the book I was faced with a […]

Review of Prisoner in the Kitchen

Review of Prisoner in the Kitchen: The Car Thief, the Murderer, and the Man Hired to Feed Them by William Bonham Rating **** This short book won an award for memoir writing. I learned about it through AARP magazine, one of the sponsors of the award. It’s the story of a man hired to work […]

True Story book vs film

True Story by Michael Finkel Rating ***** True Story directed by Rupert Goold, screenplay by Rupert Goold and David Kaiganich Rating *** 1/2   Over the years I have covered a number of book and film adaptations. There’s something about reading a book and then being able to watch a dramatization of that story immediately after. […]

Review of Floodpath by Jon Wilkman

Review of Floodpath by Jon Wilkman Rating **** This story is about a dam collapse in 1928 and the aftermath. The disaster and subsequent investigation are well told and will keep you engaged. I did, however, find some of the background material a little slow. I’m not knocking the book for that. In nonfiction, background […]

Review of Collision Course

Review of Collision Course by Alvin Moscow Rating **** The appeal of disaster stories lies in the details of the how and why but also in learning about the people who are affected. Who was at fault? What steps could have been taken to avert tragedy? What were the consequences? Alvin Moscow attempts to answer […]

Review of 13,760 feet

Review of 13,760 feet: My Personal Hole in the Sky by Mark L. Berry Rating ***** On July 17, 1996, TWA 800 experienced a center fuel tank explosion at 13,760 feet during its climb out of New York’s JFK airport. On board the flight was the author’s fiancé Susanne Jensen. Mark is also a pilot and […]

Review of The Witch of Lime Street

Review of The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher Rating *** 1/2 If you know anything about the life of Harry Houdini, then you know about his personal crusade to unmask those who claimed to be able to communicate with the dead. What I didn’t know, […]

Review of Just Mercy

Review of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Rating ***** At the center of this story is the wrongful conviction of Walter McMillian and the author’s attempts to free him. Interspersed between that story are other stories of wrongful convictions and sad accounts of a broken justice system. Along the way the author touches on a number […]