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reviewed Stains On The Gavel a book. October 10, 2013
Stains On The Gavel a book
When Mr. Massie offered me a reviewer copy "Pinned: A Kentucky True Crime" I decided to give it a chance and was thoroughly engrossed in the tale for a week!  Mark Casey (Mr. Massie) was …
reviewed In Cold Blood. May 11, 2013
In Cold Blood
The murders that are graphically depicted in Truman Capote's In Cold Blood -which is now universally recognized more for its writing than anything else- are nauseating, grisly and malicious; these …
reviewed The Imposter. February 17, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Imposter
When a child goes missing, our heart breaks, for the child’s family it is a harrowing experience. Director Bart Layton’s “The Imposter” is a documentary about a ‘true crime’ …
reviewed The Imposter. January 10, 2013
The Imposter
      I don’t watch all that many documentaries.      It isn’t that I don’t like them.  Rather, it’s that most that I’ve seen …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... September 27, 2012
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The movie adaption of Berendt's "nonfiction novel", as one back-cover reviewer terms it, is much better known than the original book.  And while I've not yet seen the movie, I can …
reviewed The Imposter. August 03, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
The Imposter
Star Rating:         The Imposter plays like a particularly good episode of Unsolved Mysteries, not just because actual documentary footage is interspersed with reenactments, …
reviewed Most Wanted. May 30, 2012
Most Wanted
"Most Wanted" tells the official story of the search for the most wanted man in America and the years devoted to his capture. Whitey Bulger was a mobster in Boston. Thomas J. Foley of the Massachusetts …
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of
AMERICAN LIGHTNING propones the "crime of the century" (the bombing of the L.A. TIMES building in the early 1910s) to a modern audience. In short, a group of socialists went on a bombing spree …
reviewed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... September 13, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
This is a story about the city of Savannah, its people and history.      "Esquire" writer John Berendt is in Savannah, Georgia, to write a story about the extravagant holiday …
reviewed Cell. March 03, 2011
Cell
Pros: interesting concept, King's usual descriptive writing style     Cons: after 480 pages I shouldn't have to write my own ending     The Bottom Line:   "Ring …
reviewed Run for Your Life. January 15, 2011
Run for Your Life
Pros: good flow to writing, believable characters     Cons: none for me     The Bottom Line:   "And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but …
posted a Quick Tip about Midnight in the Garden of Good and Ev.... January 02, 2011
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
While one might say that MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD AND EVIL is in the same genre - novelized true crime - that's where the resemblance to the likes of IN COLD BLOOD stops. The New York Times Book …
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
I'm having a difficult time deciding whether John Berendt set out to make mock of Savannah from the get-go or whether he was trying to write a sincere travelogue/murder story about a city that just happens …
reviewed Small Sacrifices: A True Story of Pas.... October 27, 2010
Small Sacrifices
      Ann Rule is a first class writer. She is so well known for her true crime books that it’s easy to forget that her writing- just the writing- is very fine indeed, full …
posted a Quick Tip about In Cold Blood. October 27, 2010
In Cold Blood
An extraordinary compelling work, seminal and pioneering in its nature, that plumbs the depths of a motiveless multiple murder in 1950s Kansas and brings the reaction of the community and a shocked nation …
reviewed In Cold Blood. October 27, 2010
In Cold Blood
Dateline 1959, Holcomb, Kansas: Herb Clutter, a wealthy, well-respected God-fearing Methodist farmer, his wife and two children are brutally murdered in what modern police parlance would term a home invasion. …
posted a Quick Tip about In Cold Blood. October 25, 2010
In Cold Blood
Read this when it first came out and have never forgotten it. Working on this book changed Capote's life, and not for the better.
posted a Quick Tip about In Cold Blood. October 25, 2010
In Cold Blood
First of the so-called non-fiction novel. The book is the biography of a crime, the victims, and particularly the murderers. What makes the book so good is that it is told with a novelist's ear for telling …
posted a Quick Tip about murder to mil-spec. October 23, 2010
murder to mil-spec
Good read for a good cause and one worthy of your time.
reviewed murder to mil-spec. October 23, 2010
murder to mil-spec
This year's holiday anthology titled Murder to Mil-Spec, while aimed to benefit a different charity from the sale proceeds of the book, provides another good read of strong stories.  As in other …
reviewed In Cold Blood. October 15, 2010
In Cold Blood
Capote's prose is fantastic. His images are precise and vivid, and due to this his ability to create an encapsulating scene that truly puts the reader in the moment, in this Kansas city--a quiet, small-town …
reviewed New York Noir: Crime Photos from the .... October 05, 2010
New York Noir: Crime Photos from the Daily News
Pros: excellent photography, great artistry      Cons: not a whole lot of background.      The Bottom Line: Great overall book of pictures. Not the best book to …
reviewed Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Rednes.... September 30, 2010
Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West
Pros: Story, pacing, language, and style      Cons: Maybe too violent for some, unlikely to draw any female readers      The Bottom Line: The adventure in story …
reviewed Eight Days in Darkness: The True Stor.... September 18, 2010
Eight Days in Darkness: The True Story of the
Eight Days in Darkness is a disturbing, hard-to-read book, mostly because it is a true story. The graphic details forced me to put this book aside because sometimes it got to be too much. That being said, …
posted a Quick Tip about The Devil's Rooming House: The True S.... September 06, 2010
Many movie goers don't realize that Arsenic and Old Lace was based upon the case of a Windsor, CT serial killer, s "saintly" who was running a home for the aged. M. William Phelps has published …
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