Category Archives: Crime Beat

True Crime

True Crime The body of a young woman lying beneath a power line At 10:45 on the 27th day of January 1980 Two boys out dirt-dogging in a remote area Off Bellvue Avenue thought they had discovered A dead animal … Continue reading

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Kathryn Casey: Possessed: The Infamous Texas Stiletto Murder

Ever since the loss of Ann Rule, the True Crime world has been in a bit of a funk. To some extent the books that used to come out by the dozens have been replaced by semi-documentaries that proliferate on … Continue reading

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This Month’s Selection of the Great Lakes Center for Literocity Feminist Book Club

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Since She Went Away, David Bell, New American Library, $16.99.

If you want a compelling reading experience, just pick up a David Bell book. Reading the first page can be like leaning over a suspense generating machine — the gears of the story will grab any loose time you have … Continue reading

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“The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial” by Maggie Nelson, Graywolf, $16 and “Jane Doe January: My Twenty-Year Search For Truth and Justice” by Emily Winslow, Morrow, $29.99.

  I recently read two great true crime narratives, The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial by Maggie Nelson and Jane Doe January: My Twenty Year Search For  Truth and Justice by Emily Winslow, that started me thinking about the … Continue reading

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Fuminori Nakamura So Far:

 The Thief, Soho Crime, 14.95. Evil and the Mask, Soho Crime, $15.95. Last Winter We Parted, Soho Crime, $25.00 Although The Thief was not the first novel Fuminori Nakamura published, it is the first to come out here, and it’s … Continue reading

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From the Great Lakes Centre for the Literary Arts Library of the Literati

I’ll be glad when you’re dead, you rascal you Every bloodthirsty hoodlum, every trigger-happy gunman in the state of California had that song on his lips. I didn’t like it — I’m no music lover and, what’s more, I was … Continue reading

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KILL

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Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives: Stories from the Trailblazers of Domestic Suspense, Edited by Sarah Weinman, Penguin, $16.00

To my mind the most unjustly neglected mystery writers of all are the women who wrote non-series books around the middle of the twentieth century. Part of the neglect has to do with the fact that series fiction has come … Continue reading

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Amanda Knox

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