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The Funhouse Mirror: Reflections on Prison
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The author taught creative writing in prisons for eight years; in this book, he showcases a few inmates’ stories and his own reflections on prison lif ...more
Jun 03, 2005
Feb 10, 2012
The Anatomy of Motive: The FBI's Legendary Mindhunter Explores the Key to Understanding and Catching Violent Criminals
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“The FBI’s legendary mindhunter” opens his case book to the public, examining a series of violent offender types, from serial arsonists to “guys who s ...more
Feb 28, 2001
Dec 18, 2011
A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun: The Autobiography of a Career Criminal
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The author, with dozens of criminal convictions and serving a life sentence, details his life of crime. He’s an excellent writer, and has a lot of int ...more
Dec 09, 2006
Mar 10, 2012
Jimmy the Wags: Street Stories of a Private Eye
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A memoir of “Wags” Wagner’s beginning as a PI after retiring with the rank of sergeant from the NYPD, his high times and outrageous exploits, to his i ...more
Feb 25, 2001
Dec 18, 2011
Behind Bars: Surviving Prison
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The authors, professors of criminology (one of whom worked at a prison, and one of whom was incarcerated for 11 years), lay out in simple terms the ha ...more
Jun 09, 2005
Feb 11, 2012
Life in Prison
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Williams, apparently, co-founded the Crips in 1971. Ten years later, he was sentenced to death row for four shotgun murders, and has been there ever s ...more
Jan 25, 2004
Feb 05, 2012
Time's Witness (Justin & Cuddy #2)
it was amazing
The sequel to Uncivil Seasons. This time, it is Cuddy Mangum, now police chief in Hillston, who is the narrator, and the eccentric scion of North Caro ...more
Nov 05, 2012
Dec 01, 2012
Blue Blood
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The author is a Harvard-educated NYPD cop, son of an FBI agent, writing his memoirs seven years into his career on the force. Over the course of the b ...more
Jun 02, 2004
Feb 05, 2012
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
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The author, an anthropologist journalist, went through basic training and became a corrections officer in Sing Sing for a year. The usually secret wor ...more
Jul 20, 2001
Dec 21, 2011
Rookie Cop: DeepUndercover in the Jewish Defense League
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The author recounts his experiences as a member of BOSSI, the NYPD’s intelligence branch, and the information he gathered as a spy in the Jewish Defen ...more
Mar 08, 2001
Dec 19, 2011
Making Jack Falcone: An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
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An agent with 25 years’ experience in the Bureau shares some of his greatest busts, from his days as a Cuban émigré to being the FNG (fucking new guy) ...more
Jul 25, 2009
Apr 29, 2012
True Notebooks: A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
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Against his initial misgivings, Salzman begins a writing class at a Los Angeles juvenile detention center. His students are black, Mexican and Asian k ...more
Sep 02, 2003
Jan 29, 2012
The Fixer
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this novel set during the end of Tsarist Russia concerns the titular handyman, Yakov Bok, an agnostic Jew who leaves his ...more
Feb 18, 2013
Feb 23, 2013
Dreams from the Monster Factory: A Tale of Prison, Redemption, and One Woman's Fight to Restore Justice to All
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The author, a criminal defense attorney turned prisoner activist, talks about her rough childhood, her unlikely success in law school, and her 25+ yea ...more
Apr 05, 2010
Jul 12, 2012
You Got Nothing Coming: Notes From a Prison Fish
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The author, a white suburbanite corporate drone and father of two girls, tells of his stint at a Nevada prison for voluntary manslaughter. He begins w ...more
Jun 16, 2002
Dec 22, 2011
Hell (A Prison Diary, #1)
it was ok
The millionaire author and lord is sentenced to four years for perjury (he elides over the specifics of his case), and details his 21 days at London’s ...more
Sep 18, 2008
Apr 19, 2012
The Autobiography of an Execution
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The author, a death-penalty defense lawyer in Texas, discusses some of his cases (with identifying details removed) and all their nail-biting, guilt-i ...more
Mar 05, 2011
Apr 12, 2011
The Hot House: Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
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The author, a journalist, was granted unprecedented access into the Hot House, where interviewed many inmates, guards, employees and family members. T ...more
Jun 05, 2005
Feb 10, 2012
Enemy Combatant: My Imprisonment at Guantanamo, Bagram, And Kandahar
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The author, either a pious bookseller and humanitarian or a supporter of al-Qaida, depending on whom you ask, was abducted from his house in Islamabad ...more
Jun 25, 2008
Apr 07, 2012
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