Tonstant Weader Reviews

Opinionated Book Reviews.


True Crime

We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper

We Keep the Dead Close is a true crime book that brings a refreshingly introspective voice. Becky Cooper first hears about the murder of Jane Britton from a snippet of campus lore. The story fascinates her and the more she learns... Continue Reading →

The Threat by Andrew G. McCabe

I suppose I am behind the times reading Andrew G. McCabe's book about the start of the Russia investigation and his retaliatory firing while America has moved on to the Ukraine scandal and impeachment, but the roots of the the... Continue Reading →

The Notorious Mrs. Clem by Wendy Gamber

Just three years after the end of the Civil War, Jason and Nancy Young were murdered along the White River outside Indianapolis. The investigation quickly settled on a conspiracy of three men and a woman who were involved in a dubious financial... Continue Reading →

The Library Book by Susan Orlean

The Library Book is a great example of what happens when you start to research something that catches your attention. It takes you from the original question to another and another and another and the next thing you know, it's the... Continue Reading →

Good Kids, Bad City by Kyle Swenson

Ricky Jackson and Ronnie and Wiley Bridgeman were good kids. Cleveland, Ohio, was a bad city, rife with crime and corruption, where racism was manifested in hypersegregation that resulted in a regional government that served and protected the white suburbs... Continue Reading →

Unpunished Murder by Lawrence Goldstone

Unpunished Murder: Massacre at Colfax and the Quest for Justice is the history of shamefully forgotten crime against humanity that led to an equally shameful Supreme Court decision that should be as vilified as Dred Scott and Plessy vs. Ferguson. On... Continue Reading →

Chasing Phil by David Howard

Chasing Phil is the story of the FBI's first major white-collar undercover investigation. Jack Brennan and J. J. Wedick were two young F.B.I. agents, neither of whom had completed the training in undercover work, but when they followed a tip, met... Continue Reading →

Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream by Joe Tone

Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream is a true crime story examining the infiltration of quarter-horse racing by drug cartels seeking to launder money through the case of José Treviño Morales, brother to the infamous Miguel Treviño Morales (40)... Continue Reading →

The Fact of a Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

In The Fact of a Body, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich escavates more than one crime. The first is an adjudicated crime–the murder of six-year-old Jeremy Guillory by Ricky Langley, a neighbor in Iowa, Louisiana who was a convicted child molester. He confesses and is quickly tried,... Continue Reading →

When Police Kill by Franklin E. Zimring

When Police Kill is an important, groundbreaking book by Franklin E. Zimring. It is an absolutely necessary book that addresses the data shortcomings that will frustrate any attempt to address the incomparably high rate of killings of civilians by police in the United States,... Continue Reading →

The Long Drop by Denise Mina

The Long Drop takes us back to Denise Mina's much-loved and lamented Glasgow, but to the Glasgow of sixty years ago when a serial killer brought fear into Glaswegian homes. In the Watt family home, three women were murdered while the father... Continue Reading →

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