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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 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 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 …
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 The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial .... November 18, 2010
The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and
While the author's discussion of the cases involving one or more deaths are interesting and shine a detailed light on the minds of murderers and the relatives of the victims, there is one glaring absence …
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 …
reviewed The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial .... October 24, 2010
The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and
This is an interesting memoir from a homemaker who, through a series of coincidences, became a criminal profiler. Pat Brown rented a room in her family's home to a young man who Pat came to believe …
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 The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial .... September 27, 2010
The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and
I cannot imagine looking into the eyes of a psychopath or seeing a real, gory crime scene up close and personal. Even though it is sometimes hard to read, I am addicted to the true crime genre. Pat is …
Stalling For Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
I just finished reading an advanced review copy of "Stalling For Time: My Life As An FBI Hostage Negotiator" by Gary Noesner, and I found it to be an engaging, interesting, and enlightening …
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 …
America's deadliest female serial killer performed her deeds a century ago. As with most of such murderers, Amy Archer Gilligan, proprietor of a home for the aged in Windsor, CT, projected a benign …
reviewed Columbine. July 10, 2010
Columbine
In many ways, the Columbine school shootings have the same milestone effect on society as do events like 9/11 or the Oklahoma City bombing. Columbine forever changed the way we look at school safety and …
Bitter Harvest: A Woman's Fury, a Mother's
Most of Ann Rule's true crime books are located in the Pacific Northwest, but for "Bitter Harvest" she travels to Kansas to tell the story of a modern Medea who murders her children and poisons her straying …
posted a Quick Tip about Columbine. June 25, 2010
Columbine
The actual columbine pictures are quite historical. I recommend taking a look.
posted a Quick Tip about In Cold Blood. June 24, 2010
In Cold Blood
Fabulous true crime novel
reviewed Columbine. June 24, 2010
Columbine
Why?      A simple question but one with no real answer. A question which many people asked in the aftermath of that day, April 20, 1999, when two students opened fire on their fellow …
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