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King Con: The Bizarre Adventures of the Jazz Age's Greatest Impostor
it was amazing
Think Charles Ponzi was slick? Edgar Lapointe, a.k.a. Chief White Elk, was an imposter extraordinaire who hoodwinked audiences and newspaper readers a ...more
Apr 02, 2018
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Mar 28, 2018
Beneath a Ruthless Sun: A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found
it was amazing
This is a searing indictment of racism and injustice in 1950s Florida. Gilbert King's deeply disturbing, must-read book reveals how corrupt, racist po ...more
Oct 28, 2018
Jun 06, 2018
The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
it was amazing
An engrossing, brilliantly researched and ultimately troubling book. Even though Edwin Rist’s theft of priceless bird specimens from a British museum ...more
Feb 06, 2019
Feb 02, 2019
The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel that Scandalized the World
it was amazing
Vladimir Nabokov refused to acknowledge that the abduction of an eleven-year-old New Jersey girl in 1948 was an inspiration for his classic novel, Lol ...more
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Sep 05, 2018
Murdered Midas: A Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise
it was amazing
Murdered Midas immerses readers in the mining boom that transformed Canada in the early twentieth century, a world of hardscrabble towns and shady pro ...more
Oct 13, 2019
Jun 30, 2019
The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed With Finding Him
it was amazing
This tale of money, power and betrayal at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties has all the ingredients of a classic murder mystery: a reviled millionaire, ...more
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Jul 05, 2019
Barnum: An American Life
really liked it
It’s impossible to read Barnum: An American Life, Robert Wilson’s impressive biography of the infamous nineteenth-century showman, without detecting e ...more
Aug 22, 2019
Jul 13, 2019
The New York Times Book of Crime: More Than 166 Years of Covering the Beat
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Kevin Flynn, a New York Times editor who quarterbacked the paper’s police coverage for five years, compiled this absorbing anthology of murder and may ...more
Feb 25, 2019
Feb 02, 2019
Trials of Passion: Crimes Committed in the Name of Love and Madness
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How infatuation and obsession can transform respectable, law-abiding people into killers is the ambitious subject of Trials of Passion. Lisa Appignane ...more
Mar 2019
Feb 02, 2019
Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
it was amazing
Murder by the Book brilliantly recreates the 1840 murder of London aristocrat Lord William Russell by one of his servants, a case that ignited a debat ...more
Mar 10, 2019
Feb 27, 2019
The Library Book
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The acclaimed author of The Orchid Thief uses a 1986 fire at the central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library as a springboard for an exploration ...more
Feb 04, 2019
Feb 02, 2019
What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise-and Collapse-of Nova Scotia's NDP Government
it was amazing
A fascinating and compelling insider's account of political life. Graham Steele writes from the heart, with clarity and in a conversational, no-nonsen ...more
Jun 20, 2015
Jun 08, 2015
Ballad of the Anarchist Bandits: The Crime Spree that Gripped Belle Epoque Paris
really liked it
The Bonnot Gang launched a campaign of murder, bank robbery, car theft and burglary in pre-World War One Paris that threatened to transform the City o ...more
Feb 05, 2019
Nov 20, 2018
The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History
it was amazing
The Black Hand is a classic, against-all-odds story with a narrative drive as relentless as its central character, New York detective Joseph Petrosino ...more
Dec 12, 2018
Jul 09, 2018
Get Capone: The Secret Plot That Captured America's Most Wanted Gangster
it was amazing
A remarkable book -- fast paced, thoroughly researched and thoroughly enjoyable. If you think you know the story of Al Capone and the gang violence th ...more
Mar 18, 2015
Mar 10, 2015
The Old Man and the Gun: And Other Tales of True Crime
it was amazing
David Grann’s thorough reporting and immersive storytelling make this collection of true crime stories of murder, robbery, prison breaks and confidenc ...more
Jun 13, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
The Ardlamont Mystery: The Real-Life Story Behind the Creation of Sherlock Holmes
it was amazing
Smith brilliantly recreates an infamous Victorian-era Scottish murder case and argues that Dr. Henry Littlejohn, a pioneering forensic scientist and a ...more
Nov 28, 2018
Nov 20, 2018
Chasing Smoke
it was amazing
The gritty reality of fighting wildfires - the hard work and drudgery and the ever-present danger - is portrayed in stunning detail in Williams' memoi ...more
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Aug 18, 2018
The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America's Most Infamous Crimes
it was amazing
What prompted the teenaged sons of two wealthy, respected Chicago families to kidnap and kill a fourteen-year-old neighbor in cold blood on a spring a ...more
Aug 31, 2018
Aug 31, 2018
Jul 21, 2018
Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World's Most Famous Detective Writer
it was amazing
Margarit Fox digs deep into the legal and historical record to give the Oscar Slater case – and Arthur Conan Doyle's crusade to free an innocent man f ...more
Jul 06, 2018
Jul 01, 2018
Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland
it was amazing
A mesmerizing account that makes sense of Northern Ireland's senseless, hate-fueled, undeclared war. The title, Say Nothing, reflects the wall of sile ...more
Jun 17, 2019
Jun 15, 2019
The Encyclopaedia of Liars and Deceivers
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Dutch writer Roelf Bolt was interested in whoppers – the big lies that separate fools from their money and the crackpot theories, miracle cures, hoaxe ...more
Jul 15, 2014
Mar 11, 2015
Queen of the Mountaineers: The Trailblazing Life of Fanny Bullock Workman
it was amazing
Cathryn J. Prince brings Fanny Bullock Workman’s remarkable story and pioneering achievements to life in Queen of the Mountaineers. She scoured Workma ...more
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May 07, 2019
Paris Was Yesterday: 1925-1939
it was amazing
Janet Flanner was an American who lived in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s and wrote regular dispatches for The New Yorker. She's an incredibly talented ...more
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Jan 09, 2019
The Men of Mobtown: Policing Baltimore in the Age of Slavery and Emancipation
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The Men of Mobtown explores timely and important issues of racism and inequality before the law. Historian Adam Malka uses Baltimore – on the borderli ...more
Jul 18, 2018
Jul 08, 2018
The Boy on the Bicycle
it was amazing
Toronto crime writer and journalist Nate Hendley exposes Ron Moffatt’s never-before-told story of wrongful conviction and injustice. As a teenager in ...more
Jul 04, 2019
Apr 08, 2019
City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster That Gave Birth to Modern Chicago
it was amazing
An absorbing, thoroughly researched account of a tumultuous twelve days in 1919 when race riots, labour unrest and political infighting pushed Chicago ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Mar 18, 2015
Landru's Secret: The Deadly Seductions of France's Lonely Hearts Serial Killer
it was amazing
This is true crime writing at its best – a thoroughly researched account that looks beyond one man’s horrific acts and explores the social and cultura ...more
Feb 02, 2019
Nov 02, 2018
The Other Paris
really liked it
A vivid and fascinating romp through the lost, dark underworld of the City of Light.
Nov 07, 2018
Oct 28, 2018
Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life
it was amazing
British author Laura Thompson digs deep into Agatha Christie’s papers and fictional works to illuminate the career and personal life of the world’s mo ...more
Oct 28, 2018
Apr 14, 2018
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