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Orange Is the New Black

The title refers to the title of a New York Times fashion article, which a friend of Piper Kerman sent her shortly after she was imprisoned in the min

Jun 15, 2012
Jun 15, 2012
A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination
I haven’t read much about the Kennedy assassination, and probably won’t in the future. Part of the reason is that I’m not convinced he was a particula ...more
Jan 04, 2014
Jan 06, 2014
The Father of Forensics: The Groundbreaking Cases of Sir Bernard Spilsbury, and the Beginnings of Modern CSI
Bernard Spillsbury (1877-1947) was a British pathologist who in addition became a crime scene investigator and expert witness. During his lifetime he ...more
Mar 11, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Vanished Smile: The Mysterious Theft of Mona Lisa
On Monday August 22, 2011, Leonardo da Vinci's painting the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in Paris. Quite a hullabaloo ensued.

The museum was cl
Jul 12, 2014
Jul 12, 2014
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

Ted Conover, a journalist, spent about a year as a corrections officer (don't call them guards, that is too accurate for comfort) in the maximum secu

Jul 10, 2012
Jul 11, 2012
The Collapse of American Criminal Justice

The very title, The Collapse of American Criminal Justice,posits that there are serious defects in the system. The problems that the late author, Wil

Jun 22, 2012
Jul 27, 2012
Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption

Probably you are having a better day than Don Cronk, Ed Ramirez, Rich Rael, Phillip Seiler, or Jesse Reed did for many years. And almost certainly yo

Jul 16, 2012
Jul 17, 2012
Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District

Peter Mosksos is a professor in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York. Cop in the Hood appears to be the publish

Jul 13, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York
The Poisoner's Handbook recounts how forensic science came to New York City in the early 20th century. Charles Norris, a medical doctor, became the ...more
Dec 29, 2010
Dec 31, 2010
Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures
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Wittman was an FBI agent who ended up specializing in solving art crimes. One difference between de

Jan 2011
Jan 01, 2011
Tommy Gun: How General Thompson's Submachine Gun Wrote History

The author describes not merely the means of blood-letting, that is the design and manufacture of this weapon, and instances of killing with this fir

Jun 27, 2010
Jun 28, 2010
Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History

The largest diamond theft so far occured in Antwerp, Belgium in February 2003. Antwerp is the center of the international diamond trade, in the sense

Feb 27, 2011
Feb 27, 2011
Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets

Years before becoming the producer of The Wire,David Simon was a Baltimore Sun reporter who took a year's leave of absence to cover the homicide dete

Jul 06, 2012
Jul 07, 2012
No Higher Calling, No Greater Responsibility: A Prosecutor Makes His Case

Although the author of this short book is clearly more politically conservative (and also differs from me in being a devout Catholic) than I am, I fo

Jun 28, 2012
Jul 01, 2012
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

I got to page 182 of this well-written book before I lost interest. The book focuses on the test, which seems to a sort of checklist of behaviors or

Nov 14, 2012
Nov 28, 2012
Defending the Damned: Inside Chicago's Cook County Public Defender's Office
Despite the over the top title, I found the book interesting. Davis mainlu focuses on one lawyer in the Cook County Public Defenderos Office, Marijane ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jun 20, 2012
Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
The author tells how Martin Luther King came to be in Memphis Tennessee in April 1968 as well as how James Earl Ray murdered King and remained free fo ...more
May 20, 2012
May 21, 2012
When Prisoners Come Home: Parole and Prisoner Reentry
One of the most important facts to keep in mind about prisons is that almost all the inmates, 93%, are going to get out. 6.5% of all adults have serve ...more
Mar 09, 2013
Mar 09, 2013
Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program
One of the co-authors of "Witsec," Gerald Shur, is the federal Department of Justice official largely responsible for creating a formal program for re ...more
Jun 17, 2012
Jun 17, 2012
Courtroom 302: A Year Behind the Scenes in an American Criminal Courthouse
In 1998, the author spent a year following the events in one courtroom in the Chicago courthouse that deals with criminal cases. The book was publishe ...more
Jun 18, 2012
Jun 19, 2012
Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean up Sin-loving New York
In 1895, Theodore Roosevelt became one of 4 police commissioners for the City of New York, at that a municipality restricted to Manhattan and part of ...more
Mar 26, 2012
Mar 29, 2012
Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
After revolutionizing physics and mathematics, Isaac Newton went on to become Master of the Royal Mint. The job was supposed to be a sinecure, but New ...more
May 12, 2011
May 13, 2011
The Forger's Spell: A True Story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the Greatest Art Hoax of the Twentieth Century
Another book about Van Meegeren, the Dutch artist who made fake Vermeers, & fakes of other 17th century Dutch art, for money & to avenge himse ...more
Dec 15, 2008
Jul 03, 2010
The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
This book is not for the weak-stomached, as the crime story in question is that of a 1890s French serial killer, Joseph Vacher. This well-written book ...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 15, 2012
Scoundrels in Law: The Trials of Howe and Hummel, Lawyers to the Gangsters, Cops, Starlets, and Rakes Who Made the Gilded Age

William Howe and Abraham Hummel represented a wide variety of clients: "The anarchists were well outside the realm of polite society, a construct the

Jan 30, 2011
Jan 30, 2011
Craze: Gin and Debauchery in An Age of Reason
How upper class Londoners between 1730-50 got alarmed about the drinking habits of their inferiors, and how they endeavored to curb such drinking with ...more
Jun 04, 2009
Jul 05, 2010
Stealing Lincoln's Body
Another well-written bad book. The inept 1876 attempt by a group of counterfitters to steal & ransom Lincoln's body, and the subsequent reaction o ...more
Aug 17, 2007
Apr 10, 2010
The Informant: A True Story
The amazing story of Mark Whitacre, Archer Daniels Midland executive, revealed that ADM was engaging in price fixing in collusion with competitors; an ...more
Nov 13, 2009
Jul 05, 2010
The Teapot Dome Scandal: How Big Oil Bought the Harding White House and Tried to Steal the Country
Well told story of the scandal involving oil tycoons Sinclair, Stewart, Doheney, Interior Secretary Albert Fall, and investigating Senator Walsh; auth ...more
Feb 24, 2008
Apr 11, 2010
Well told story of how Marconi's recently introduced wireless was use to capture the murderer Hawley Crippen as he tried to flee Britain to North Amer ...more
Apr 14, 2007
Apr 07, 2010
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