New Arrivals · True Crime

September 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Billion dollar whale : the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world

September 18, 2018
Wright, Tom (Wall Street Journal reporter), author.
xvii, 379 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Part I. The invention of Jho Low -- Fake photos -- Asian great Gatsby -- Win tons of money -- We're going to need a bigger van -- A nice toy -- Doctor Leissner, I presume -- Saudi "royalty" (the first heist) -- Hitting a goldmine -- "I feel the earth move" -- Part II. Overnight billionaire -- An evening with the playmates -- Raining Cristal -- How to spend a billion -- Where's our money? -- Roll the presses -- Welcome to New York -- Shitty, junk products -- My good friend, Leo -- Two-million-euro bottle parade -- "Keep your nonsense to yourself" -- Belfort smells a scam -- Bitter severance -- Penthouse with a view -- Switzerland of the East -- Brazen sky -- Goldman and the sheikh (the second heist) -- Bilking the state -- Part III. Empire -- Making Busta his bitch -- All the wealth in the world -- Mystique of the orient -- "681 American pies" (the third heist) -- Art no one can see -- Jewelers and bankers -- Bona fide business -- 140 gigabytes -- Leo's Wall Street indictment -- The Oval Office -- Size matters -- Losing control -- Part IV. Bonfire of secrets -- "No cash. No deal." -- Generous Jho -- Sacks of money -- The exposé -- Buttocks in a g-string -- Strongman Najib -- Part V. The captain's resolve -- Prosecutor in an oil drum -- Special Agent Bill McMurry -- Partying on the run -- China connection -- Glass half full -- White-collar crime -- King Khadem falls -- Epilogue..

Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society : America's original gangsters and the U.S. Postal detective who brought them to justice

September 7, 2018
Oldfield, William (Archivist), author.
vii, 326 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The printer -- Politics -- The raven -- Society of the Banana -- The inspector -- The immigrant -- Stakeout -- The boss -- The takedown --The trial -- Good-byes -- Outcomes.
"The Black Hand was an early twentieth-century Sicilian-American crime ring that preyed on immigrants from the old country. Terrorized victims rarely spoke out, and the criminals ruled with terror--until Inspector Frank Oldfield came along. In 1899, Oldfield became America's 156th Post Office Inspector--joining the ranks of the most powerful federal law enforcement agents in the country. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the unconventional Oldfield brilliantly took down train robbers, murderers, and embezzlers from Ohio to New York to Maryland. Oldfield was finally able to penetrate the dreaded Black Hand when a tip-off put him onto the most epic investigation of his career, culminating in the 1909 capture of sixteen mafiosos in a case that spanned four states, two continents--and ended in the first international organized crime conviction in the country."--Provided by publisher.

The evidence of things not seen

August 21, 2018
Baldwin, James, 1924-1987.
New York : H. Holt, 1995.
xvi, 125 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: New York : Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1985.
"An Owl book."
Focusing on the murders of Afro-American children in Atlanta in 1979 and 1980, Baldwin examines race relations in America and the inequities of the criminal justice system.

The kill jar : obsession, descent, and a hunt for Detroit's most notorious serial killer

August 17, 2018
Appelman, J. Reuben, author.
xiii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
"Enthralling. Gripping. Cinematic. Raw. A cold case murder investigation paced like a podcast, as visually stunning as a film, and as brave and personal as our darkest memoirs. J. Reuben Appelman cracks open one of America's most notorious murder sprees while simultaneously banging the gavel on his own history with violence. A deftly-crafted true crime story with grit, set amid the decaying sprawl of Detroit and its outliers."-- Publisher's description.

Unnecessary roughness : inside the trial and final days of Aaron Hernandez

August 17, 2018
Baez, Jose, 1968- author.
xii, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Includes index.
Foreword / Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez -- The beginning or the end -- Fuck yeah! -- Blood in Boston -- Magical Monday and the luck of the Irish -- The not so anonymous call -- A video game called Motive -- Making of a murder weapon -- Weekend at Bernie's -- Eye phone -- Sharrod the shooter -- Trapping a rat -- Patriot games -- Who shot Odin Lloyd? -- Prison life -- Family matters -- Would you please convict if there's no evidence? -- Independent and not so independent witnesses -- The street sweeper -- Marinating the jury -- Desperate measure -- Tears behind the glass -- WTF? -- The battle for the brain -- Chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight-end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second, double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause--but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal. This riveting, closely-observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only book based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron, and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiancée, Unnecessary Roughness takes readers inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez, and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction. With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial, and an exploration of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiancé, and teammate.-- Publishers description.

Bonnie and Clyde : the making of a legend

August 13, 2018
Blumenthal, Karen, author.
New York : Viking , 2018.
250 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
"True story of love, crime and murder traces Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's wild path from dirt-poor Dallas teens to their astonishingly violent end and the complicated legacy that survives them both" --Jacket

Scarface and the untouchable : Al Capone, Eliot Ness, and the battle for Chicago

August 13, 2018
Collins, Max Allan, author.
xix, 699 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 565-674) and index.
"A THRILLING MAGNUM OPUS ON AMERICA'S GREAT CRIME EPIC. A Mystery Writers of America "Grand Master"--author of the gangster classic Road to Perdition, long-time Dick Tracy writer, and multiple Shamus Award winner--teams with an acclaimed rising young historian, in this riveting, myth-shattering dual portrait of Al Capone, America's most notorious gangster, and Eliot Ness, the legendary Prohibition agent whose extraordinary investigative work crippled his organization. Written with novelistic pacing and underpinned by groundbreaking research, Max Allan Collins and A. Brad Schwartz's Scarface and the Untouchable delivers--at last--the definitive account of the "Battle for Chicago," the iconic struggle between the mythic yet real combatants who have captivated the world for 90 years"-- Provided by publisher.

King Con : the bizarre adventures of the Jazz Age's greatest imposter

August 2, 2018
Willetts, Paul, author.
New York : Crown, [2018]
349 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
The fake's progress -- Continental grift.
"The spellbinding tale of hustler Edgar Laplante--the king of Jazz Age con artists--who becomes the victim of his own dangerous game"-- Provided by publisher.

Judas : how a sister's testimony brought down a criminal mastermind

August 1, 2018
Holleeder, Astrid, author.
vii, 403 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
First published in the Netherlands under the title "Judas: een familiekronick" by Lebowski Publishers, and imprint of Overamstel Publishers, November 2016 ; translation ©2017 by Welmoed Smith & Caspar Wijers.

Submerged : Ryan Widmer, his drowned bride and the justice system

July 25, 2018
Hisle, Janice, author.
309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"I think she's dead" -- A love like no other -- Subtle signs of murder -- Sinking into the abyss -- How? and why? -- Trial one, strike one -- Backlash and boomerang -- Stalemate -- Secrets and revelations -- Shockwaves and sorrow -- Epilogue.
"A young bride drowns in her bathtub. Her husband of four months is accused of murder. What happened in their tiny suburban bathroom--and why--was never resolved. A gripping true-crime drama, based on exclusive new information, this book exposes hidden angles of a case that divided an ordinary American community, tore apart two families and tested the criminal justice system. Compelled by conscience and curiosity, former Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Janice (Morse) Hisle-- who covered the saga of Ryan and Sarah Widmer from the start-- dug deep to tell the untold story. Ten years later, new questions and answers surfaced in dozens of interviews, 6000 pages of trial transcripts and previously unrevealed records"--from Back cover.

The desert and the sea : 977 days captive on the Somali pirate coast

July 23, 2018
Moore, Michael Scott, author.
New York, NY : Harper Wave,, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
451 pages ; 24 cm

Deadly force : a police shooting and my family's search for the truth

July 20, 2018
O'Donnell, Lawrence, author.
472 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
This edition includes a new preface and afterword.
Includes index.

The light of truth : writings of an anti-lynching crusader

July 17, 2018
Wells-Barnett, Ida B., 1862-1931.
New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
xxxvi, 581 pages ; 20 cm.
What is an African American classic? / Henry Louis Gates Jr. -- Introduction / Mia Bay -- The light of truth -- I. "Iola, the Princess of the Press" : Wells's Early Writings -- Stick to the race (1885) -- Functions of leadership 1885) -- Freedom of political action (1885) -- Woman's mission (1885) -- A story of 1900 (1886) -- Our women (1887) -- "Iola" on discrimination (1887) -- The model woman (1888) -- All things considered (1891) -- The Jim Crow car (1891) -- The lynchers wince (1891) -- The requisites of true leadership (1892) -- II. To call a thing by its true name : Wells's crusade against lynching -- Afro-Americans and Africa (1892) -- Bishop Tanner's "ray of light" (1892) -- Southern horrors : Lynch Law in all its phases (1892) -- Iola's southern field (1892) -- The requirements of Southern journalism (1893) -- Lynch Law in all its phases (1893) -- The reign of mob law (1893) -- Lynch Law and the color line (1893) -- To tole with watermelons (1893) -- Selections from The Reason Why the Colored American Is Not in the world's Columbian Exposition (1893) -- III. Ida B. Wells Abroad -- Two Christmas days : a holiday story (1894) -- Liverpool slave traditions and present practices (1894) -- The bitter cry of Black America : a new "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1894) -- Ida B. Wells abroad (1864) -- The English speak (1894) -- The scoundrel (1894) -- IV. The Crusade Continues -- She pleads for her race : Miss Ida B. Wells talks about her anti-lynching campaign (1894) -- A red record -- Lynch Law in Georgia (1899) -- V. Twentieth-Century Journalism and Letters -- Mob rule in New Orleans : Robert Charles and his fight to the death (1900) -- Lynch Law in America (1900) -- The Negro's case in equity (1900) -- Lynching and the excuse for it (1901) -- Booker T. Washington and his critics (1904) -- How enfranchisement stops lynchings (1940) -- The Northern Negro woman's social and moral condition (1910) -- Slayer, in grip of law, fights return to South (1910) -- Mrs. Ida Wells Barnett on Why Mrs. Jack Johnson Suicided (1912) -- Our country's lynching record (1913) -- The ordeal of the "solitary" (1915) -- The East St. Louis massacre : the greatest outrage of the century (1917) -- The Arkansas Race Riot (1920) -- Articles on the Mississippi flood (1927).
"The broadest and most comprehensive collection of writings available by an early civil and women's rights pioneer . Seventy-one years before Rosa Parks's courageous act of resistance, police dragged a young Black journalist named Ida B. Wells off a train for refusing to give up her seat. The experience shaped Wells's career, and--when hate crimes touched her life personally--she mounted what was to become her life's work: an anti-lynching crusade that captured international attention. This volume covers the entire scope of Wells's remarkable career, collecting her early writings, articles exposing the horrors of lynching, essays from her travels abroad, and her later journalism. The Light of Truth is both an invaluable resource for study and a testament to Wells' long career as a civil rights activist"-- Provided by publisher.

To the bridge : a true story of motherhood and murder

July 16, 2018
Rommelmann, Nancy, author.
303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
On May 23, 2009, Amanda Stott-Smith drove to the middle of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, and dropped her two children into the Willamette River. Embarking on a seven-year quest for the truth, Rommelmann traced the roots of Amanda's fury and desperation through thousands of pages of records, withheld documents, meetings with lawyers and convicts, and interviews with friends and family who felt shocked, confused, and emotionally swindled by a woman whose entire life was now defined by an unspeakable crime. At the heart of that crime: a tempestuous marriage, a family on the fast track to self-destruction, and a myriad of secrets and lies as dark and turbulent as the Willamette River.

Blood & ivy : the 1849 murder that scandalized Harvard

July 16, 2018
Collins, Paul, 1969- author.
xix, 347 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Traces the scandalous murder of a Harvard Medical School graduate and the ensuing trial that riveted mid-nineteenth-century America, exploring how the case established important precedents in medical forensics and the definition of reasonable doubt.

Crime in the United States.

July 10, 2018
Lanham, MD : Bernan Press, c2007-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.

The good mothers : the true story of the women who took on the world's most powerful mafia

July 9, 2018
Perry, Alex, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
x, 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
A vanishing in Milan -- Rebellion in Rosarno -- Italy awakes.
"An unprecedented look inside a ruthless and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian Mafia and the electrifying story of the brave women who decided to fight back"-- Provided by publisher.

The royal art of poison : filthy palaces, fatal cosmetics, deadly medicine, and murder most foul

July 9, 2018
Herman, Eleanor, 1960- author.
xiii, 286 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color portraits ; 25 cm
Part I. Poison, poison, everywhere. Poison from the banquet table to the royal underpants -- Unicorn horns and rooster dung : poison detectors and antidotes -- Dying to be beautiful : dangerous cosmetics -- Murderous medicine : mercury enemas and rat turd elixirs -- Putrid palaces : a poisoned environment -- Part II. The poison chronicles : where rumors of royal poisoning meet scientific analysis. Henry VII of Luxembourg, Holy Roman Emperor, 1275-1313 -- Cangrande della Scala, Italian warlord, 1291-1329 -- Agnes Sorel, mistress of King Charles VII of France, 1422-1450 -- Edward VI, king of England, 1537-1553 -- Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, 1528-1572 -- Eric XIV, King of Sweden, 1533-1577 -- Ivan IV, the Terrible, Czar of Russia, 1530-1584; his mother, Elena Glinskaya, ca. 1510-1538; and his first wife, Anastasia Romanovna, 1530-1560 -- Grand Duke Francesco de Medici of Tuscany, 1541-1587, and Grand Duchess Bianca Cappello, 1548-1587 -- Gabrielle d'Estrées, mistress of King Henri IV of France, 1573-1599 -- Tycho Brahe, astronomer and imperial mathematician, 1546-1601 -- Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, artist to Italy's elite, 1572-1610 -- Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales, 1594-1612 -- Sir Thomas Overbury, royal adviser at the court of James I, 1581-1613 -- Princess Henrietta Stuart of England, Duchesse d'Orléans, 1644-1670 -- Mademoiselle de Fontanges, mistress of Louis XIV of France, 1661-1681, and the affair of the poisons -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, imperial court musician, 1756-1791 -- Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, 1769-1821 -- Part III. Poison in the modern era. Scientific advances in the Victorian age -- The democratization of poison -- Modern Medicis : the rebirth of political poison -- The royal art of living and dying -- Pick your poison -- The poison hall of fame.
Traces the history of poison in centuries of royal courts, from the intentional posionings to the unintentional side effects of commonly used makeup and medications.

Sex Money Murder : a story of crack, blood, and betrayal

July 9, 2018
Green, Jonathan (Journalist), author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2018]
x, 413 pages ; 25 cm
"$MM"-- Dust jacket.
Act I. Soundview: the genesis of violence -- Prologue: The roof -- Li'l Gunbuster -- Do not yield to evil -- Hit a killer, be a killer -- The ledger of death -- The kids from Cozy Corner -- The birth of Sugar shaft -- Kidnapped: blood begets blood -- Act II. The rise of Sex Money Murder -- Gold shield #1944 -- Sex Money Murder -- Coma -- Pipelines of the game -- Money bath -- Justice -- the murder game -- Gimme the loot -- Blood -- Nasty boys -- Act III. Ultraviolence: the fall of Sex Money Murder -- The fist -- The office -- Thanksgiving -- "Make it reign" -- Bangin' for their rats -- Myth's end -- Dropping the flag -- 5K -- Exile -- Epilogue: "The streets don't love you"
A portrait of the violent drug wars of the Bronx in the late 1980s and early 1990s documents the surge of crack cocaine's popularity and the murderous territory disputes among its dealers, tracing the rise and fall of notorious gang Sex Money Murder.

Creepy crawling : Charles Manson and the many lives of America's most infamous family

July 6, 2018
Melnick, Jeffrey Paul, author.
xxxi, 419 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Introduction: Creepy crawling through the Sixties: Charles Manson and history -- Part I. Creepy crawling family: Charles Manson in our homes. Mother father sister brother ; The family that slays together ; Ranch, hill, farm ; Hush little dropout ; The history of consciousness -- Part II. Creepy crawling Los Angeles: Charles Manson on Our Maps. High rollers ; Hippies with power ; Hungry freaks ; The bad fathers of the feast ; Family affairs -- Part III. Creepy crawling truth: Charles Manson and our crime tales. The bug vs. the Fug ; A legion of Charlies ; Hippie ugly! Hippie shit! Toothpaste good! ; A newcomer, an intruder ; Not just the facts, ma'am -- Part IV. Creepy crawling art: Charles Manson in our minds. Blood in a swimming pool ; They are still among us ; He's a magic man ; Waves of mutilation ; Desperados under the eaves ; Zeroville ; Wrecking crews.
""Creepy crawling" was the Manson Family's practice of secretly entering someone's home and, without harming anyone, leaving only a trace of evidence that they had been there, some reminder that the sanctity of the private home had been breached. Now, author Jeffrey Melnick reveals just how much the Family creepy crawled their way through Los Angeles in the sixties and then on through American social, political, and cultural life for close to fifty years, firmly lodging themselves in our minds. Even now, it is almost impossible to discuss the sixties, teenage runaways, sexuality, drugs, music, California, and even the concept of family without referencing Manson and his "girls." Not just another history of Charles Manson, Creepy Crawling explores how the Family weren't so much outsiders but emblematic of the Los Angeles counterculture freak scene, and how Manson worked to connect himself to the mainstream of the time. Ever since they spent two nights killing seven residents of Los Angeles--what we now know as the "Tate-LaBianca murdersy--the Manson family has rarely slipped from the American radar for long. From Emma Cline's The Girls to the recent TV show Aquarius, the family continues to find an audience. What is it about Charles Manson and his family that captivates us still? Author Jeffrey Melnick sets out to answer this question in this fascinating and compulsively readable cultural history of the Family and their influence from 1969 to the November 2017 death in prison of Charles Manson, himself, and beyond." -- Amazon.

Little shoes : the sensational Depression-era murders that became my family's secret

July 6, 2018
Everett, Pamela, author.
xi, 232 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
In the summer of 1937, a California triple murder stunned an already grim nation. After a frantic week-long manhunt a suspect emerged, and his trial captivated audiences from coast to coast. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story. Decades later Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, followed up a cryptic comment her father once made-- and unearthed a legal case that included one of the earliest criminal profiles in the United States, the genesis of modern sex offender laws, and the last man sentenced to hang in California. But did the authorities get the right man? -- adapted from jacket

City of devils : the two men who ruled the underworld of old Shanghai

June 29, 2018
French, Paul, 1966- author.
xvi, 299 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
The Devil's last dance -- The rise to greatness -- The lords of misrule -- The hour between dog and wolf -- The fallen city.
1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world: a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost. 'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's and his name was in lights above the city's biggest casino. In 1940 they bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide. They thought they ruled Shanghai; but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction they left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible. In the vein of true crime books whose real brilliance is the recreation of a time and place, this is impeccably researched narrative non-fiction told with superb energy and brio, as if James Ellroy had stumbled into a Shanghai cathouse.

Lady killers : deadly women throughout history

June 28, 2018
Telfer, Tori, author.
xvi, 316, 15 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes interview, Q & A and other extra material.
The elusive population -- The blood countess : Erzsébet Báthory -- The giggling grandma : Nannie Doss -- The worst woman on earth : Lizzie Halliday -- Devil in the shape of a saint : Elizabeth Ridgeway -- Vipers : Raya and Sakina -- The wretched woman : Mary Ann Cotton -- The tormentor : Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova -- Iceberg Anna : Anna Marie Hahn -- The nightingale : Oum-El-Hassen -- High priestess of the Bluebeard clique : Tillie Klimek -- Sorceress of Kilkenny : Alice Kyteler -- Beautiful throat cutter : Kate Bender -- The angel makers of Nagyrév -- Queen of poisoners : Marie-Madeleine, the Marquise de Brinvilliers.
"In 1998, an FBI profiler infamously declared in a homicide conference, 'There are no female serial killers'--but Lady Killers offers fourteen creepy examples to the contrary."--Page 4 of cover.

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

June 25, 2018
Fox, Margalit, author.
New York : Random House, [2018]
xxvii, 319 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
"In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder. For all the scores of biographies of Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the most famous detective in the world, there is no American book that tells this remarkable story--in which Conan Doyle becomes a real-life detective on an actual murder case. In Conan Doyle for the Defense, Margalit Fox takes us step-by-step inside Conan Doyle's investigative process and illuminates a murder mystery that is also a morality play for our time--a story of ethnic, religious, and anti-immigrant bias. In 1908, a wealthy woman was brutally murdered in her Glasgow home. The police found a convenient suspect in Oscar Slater--an immigrant Jewish cardsharp--who, despite his innocence, was tried, convicted, and consigned to life at hard labor in a brutal Scottish prison. Conan Doyle, already world famous as the creator of Sherlock Holmes, was outraged by this injustice and became obsessed with the case. Using the methods of his most famous character, he scoured trial transcripts, newspaper accounts, and eyewitness statements, meticulously noting myriad holes, inconsistencies, and outright fabrications by police and prosecutors. Finally, in 1927, his work won Slater's freedom. Margalit Fox, a celebrated longtime writer for The New York Times, has "a nose for interesting facts, the ability to construct a taut narrative arc, and a Dickens-level gift for concisely conveying personality" (Kathryn Schulz, New York). In Conan Doyle for the Defense, she immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection and illuminates a watershed moment in the history of forensics, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method"-- Provided by publisher.

The trigger : narratives of the American shooter

June 12, 2018
Patinkin, Daniel J., author.
304 pages ; 24 cm
Introduction -- In the Spanish wells : Lester Young Jr -- The drifter : John Frizzle -- The devil's bargain : Marvin Gomez -- A man for others : officer Alphonsus O'Connor -- In isolation : Brittany Aden -- An all-American boy : Brandon Clancy -- Epilogue -- Acknowledgments -- Notes.
In 2017, over 15,000 were killed and over 31,000 were injured by gunfire. Faced with these desensitizing statistics, one easily forgets that each incident is perpetrated by a living, feeling human being who has walked a unique path. The causes and consequences of these violent acts are often far more complicated than one might expect. Author Daniel J. Patinkin exhaustively interviewed each of six shooters about their life experiences and about the unique circumstances that compelled them to use a firearm against another person. The result is a series of profound narratives.

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