Category Archives: Crime Beat

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 To some extent the books that used to come out by the dozens have been replaced by semi-documentaries that proliferate on … Continue reading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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The Confessions of Al Capone, Loren D. Estleman, Forge, $27.99

Loren Estleman has written a lot of books, but many of them have been in one or another of his excellent series, so when he writes one that isn’t, it’s news. Actually The Confessions of Al Capone more resembles one … Continue reading

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