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Whose Names Are Unknown by Sanora Babb
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This book was written in 1938 by Sanora Babb, a native Oklahoman (actually born in 1907 just before Indian Territory achieved statehood). This novel predates Steinbeck's famous The Grapes of Wrath, but Random House chose to shelve this book at the ti...more
Jay Keys rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Death and Justice by Mark Fuhrman
Death and Justice
by Mark Fuhrman
recommended for: Opponents of the death penalty.
read in July, 2007
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Before you say anything, I know...hi, everyone, it's Mark Fuhrman, racist cop from the mid 1990s. Ugh.

Anyway, this book provides a good glimpse into the process, failures and weaknesses in the way the death penalty is handled in the United States. Fu...more
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What the Thunder Said by Janet Peery
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I am kinda of on a great plains...Kansas and Oklahoma kick recently...this is another dust bowl era novella and some other shorts.
Jay Keys rated a book 1 of 5 stars
The Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard
The Breathtaker
by Alice Blanchard
recommended for: People who don't care about details and accuracy
read in July, 2007
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Oh, the shallowness of my methods for this pick! The Breathtaker appealled to me because it has a really neat cover and I am interested in tornados. I mean, look it at, that barn on the cover is doomed!

You see, if Ms. Blanchard spent half as much tim...more
Jay Keys rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The Alienist
by Caleb Carr
recommended for: Detective Fiction fans
read in October, 1998
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The Alienist is an historical crime thriller, set just before the turn of the century (the 20th century) in New York City, and featuring politicians (Theodore Roosevelt), financiers (J.P. Morgan), journalists (Jacob Riis), and criminals (Paul Kelly)....more
Jay Keys rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Falconer by John Cheever
Falconer
by John Cheever
read in September, 2005
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Cheever's Falconer is a good read, if not a very depressing portrait of a man convicted of murdering his own brother in a heroin haze. Ezekiel Farragut is a college professor and drug addict turned incarcerate who must deal with the drudgery of priso...more
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Affluenza by John De Graaf
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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
In Cold Blood
by Truman Capote
recommended for: True Crime fans
read in January, 2007
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Both creepy and violent, In Cold Blood is a taut true crime thriller about two career criminals who descend upon the tiny town of Holcomb, Kansas and murder the Clutter family with no apparent motive. The crime ignites fear and interest in the small,...more
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Ironweed by William Kennedy
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The Quiet American by Graham Greene
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Greene's Quiet American is nothing short of excellent. This novel shows no love for American foreign policy, particularly in the early days of realpolitik thuggery during the neverending French war in Indochina. The American Pyle is absolutely infuri...more
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