Non-Fiction, Reference & True Crime

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2021

September 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Roach, Mary, Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    When bad animals meet good humans (or is it the other way around?), it’s not always “cute”–in fact, it could be criminal. And Roach is there to cover it all, from jaywalking moose to barbarian seagulls and delinquent squirrels, looking at the messy spot where humans and wildlife collide, from scientific, biological and legal standpoint.  Polly doesn’t want a goddamn cracker, okay?

August 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Aldridge, Mark, Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Greatest Detective in the World | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    A lively and highly readable valentine to Hercule Poirot, the legendary little Belgian and his gray cells, featuring new info and helpful pieces of context. The hardcover boasts over 400 illustrations.

July 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Muller, Eddie, Dark City: The Lost World of Film Noir (non-fiction)  | Buy this book Kindle it!
    New, expanded and TCM-approved version of the classic by the Czar of Noir, with more essays and more photos. Insightful and full passion and wit, nobody does the dark stuff like Eddie.
  • Schecter, Harold, & Eric Powell, Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? (true crime; graphic novel) | Buy this book
    A deep dive into one of the most notoriously deranged killers in American history; fact-based and heartbreaking. 

June 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

May 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Jenning, Patrick, The Long Winding Road of Harry Raymond (biography) Buy this book Kindle it!
    A real-life 
    detective’s journey down the mean streets of pre-war Los Angeles, and possibly Chandler’s inspiration for Marlowe.

April 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Cantrell, Tom, The Mysteries of Roy Huggins & the Deportation of Harry Carlisle (biography) | Buy this book
    “… a harrowing and exquisitely researched examination of a television writer’s life.” 
  • Child, Lee, & Laurie King, editors, How to Write a Mystery (reference) | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    A handbook from the Mystery Writers of America, collecting helpful essays on everything from before, during and after the writing process, from the likes of Jeffery Deaver, Tess Gerritsen, Charlaine Harris and a whole bunch of the other usual suspects. And just in time, too–the last time the MWA cranked out one of these was 1992, and Sue Grafton was the editor. Publishing has, er, changed a little since then.
  • White, Edward, The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock (biography/criticism) | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    Sub-titled ” An Anatomy of the Master of Suspense,” this brave and brassy critical biography divvies the famous director’s life into twelve distinct slices, examining his life and work from various angles as he serves up his case of Hitchcock as “the definitive modern artist.”

March 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Enfantino, Peter, & Jeff Vorzimmer, The Manhunt Companion (reference) | Buy this book
    Mystery geek heaven! The complete issue-to-issue guide to Manhunt, from January 1953 to April/May 1967, with story and author indexes.
  • Estleman, Loren D., The Eagle & the Viper (Napoleonic true crime)  Buy this book  Kindle it!
  • Jacobs, Chip, The Darkest Glare (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    A true story of murder, blackmail, & real estate greed in 1979 Los Angeles.
  • Schecter, Harold, Maniac: The Bath School Disaster & the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
  • Kenda, Joe, Killer Triggers (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    TV’s Homicide Hunter on why we kill.
  • Owen, Erika, Lawbreaking Ladies: 50 Tales of Daring, Defiant, and Dangerous Women from History (reference) Buy this book  Kindle it!
    Have a bad girl on your list who’s more naughty than nice? This fun little tome will introduce her to some of the more infamous members of the Sisterhood who have defied the Man: pirates, scam artists, ramblers, gamblers, bootleggers, gunslingers, serial killers, molls, madams, and more. A breezy and punchy read, with illustrations by Alexander Wright.

February 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Block, Lawrence, Hunting Buffalo with Bent Nails (non-fiction essays) | Buy this book
    Collectors edition, covering everything from travel and collecting subway cars to Donald Westlake.
  • Grillo, Ioan, Blood Gun Money: How America Arms Gangs & Cartels (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    Is murder and violence our best-selling export?
  • Shnayerson, Michael, Bugsy Siegel: The Dark Side of the American Dream (biography) | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
  • Tefler, Tori, Confident Women: Swindlers, Grifters & Shapeshifters of the Feminine Persuasion (non-fiction)  | Buy this book | Buy the audio Kindle it!
    Are women really better scamsters than men? Tefler makes her case, providing plenty of examples over the last 300 or so years. But I still wasn’t sure, soI asked my friend Jodie, and she said I should give her my passwords, and she’d tell me tomorrow.

January 2021 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Block, Lawrence, Afterthoughts: Version 2.0 | Kindle it!
    New, and much expanded edition of the much loved 2011 collection of forewords, afterwords, essays, articles and digressions about Block’s huge body of work, and his storied career based on telling lies for fun and profit.
  • Bradford, Richard, Devils, Lusts & Strange Desires: The Life of Patricia Highsmith (biography)  | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    In this Winter of Discontent, this bio of Little Miss Sunshine might be just what we need.

2020

November 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

October 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

September 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Doherty, Thomas, Little Lindy Is Kidnapped (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
  • Mannion, Elizabeth, & Brian Cliff, editors, Guilt Rules All (non-fiction; essays) Buy this book | Kindle it!
    An Edgar-nominated collection of essays on Irish crime fiction: where it came from, where it’s going, and whose round it is. Includes the scoop on everyone from Freeman Wills Croft and Bartholomew Gill to Declan Burke, Colin Bateman, Adrian McKinty and Liz Nugent.
  • Maroney, Tyler, The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World (non-fiction)Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
    A real-life private eye Tyler Maroney reveals the tricks of the trade and dishes up the dirt on how corporate intelligence is reshaping the world, for better and worse.
  • Martin, Heather, The Reacher Guy (Lee Child biography) Buy this book | Kindle it!
    The first full-on bio of Lee Child, Jack Reacher‘s creator, digging deep beyond the quickie book flap bios and convention-ready anecdotes. Recommended for all the Reacher Creatures.

July 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Weinman, Sarah, editor, Unspeakable Acts (true crime) Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
    Our pal Sarah rounds up some deliciously dark and thoroughly modern true tales of crime, murder, deceit, and obsession’

June 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Lee, Susanna, Detectives in the Shadows: A Hard-Boiled History (non-fiction) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Literary and cultural critic Susanna Lee tracks the evolution of the American private eye, from Race Williams to Jessica Jones, what makes himtick, and why we’re obsessed with the “good guy with a gun.”
  • MacDonald, Erin E., Ian Rankin: A Companion to the Mystery Fiction (reference) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    An enthralling A-Z guide to the crime fiction of the Scottish crimewriters, including plenty of gobsmacking info on his P.I. stuff. I mean, who knew? And yes, there’ll be plenty of new entries on this site.

April 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Allan,  Gulddal, King and Pepper, eds, The Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction (reference) | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    A slab of a book– a comprehensive introduction to current crime fiction scholarship, featuring forty-five original essays by specialists in the field, offering innovative approaches to the classics, as well as ground-breaking (and sometimes head-scratching) “mappings of emerging themes and trends.” Contributors include Stewart King, Susanna Lee, David Gegerin, Martin Edwards and a whole lot of academics I’ve never heard of, but are probably way smarter than me.
  • Zackheim, Victoria, editor, Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives | Buy this book | Kindle it!
    Now here’s something new–an anthology of non-fiction essays by some of today’s most popular mystery writers, revealing some of the mysteries in their lives, and how those mysteries–some happy, some sad, some embarassing and some just flat out bizarre–have shaped their lives, often in unpredictable and fascinating ways. Among those spilling the literary beans are Anne Perry, Jeffrey Deaver, Cara Black, Jacqueline Winspear, Rhys Bowen, Steph Cha,  Carole Nelson Douglas, Robert Dugoni, Hallie Ephron, Rachel Howzell Hall, Ausma Khan, William Kent Kreuger, Kristen Lepionka, Martin Limón, Charles Todd and others. A wondrous book that probes the nature of creativity.

February 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Dawson, Kate Winkler, American Sherlock: Murder, Forensics, and the Birth of American CSI (biography) | Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
    Known as the “American Sherlock Holmes,” Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America’s  top forensic scientists, slaving away in a lab in Berkeley, California, 1933, but he would go on to would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career.
  • Jordan, J.R., Robert Wise: The Motion Pictures (non-fiction) Buy this book
    A fascinating look at the films of producer-director Robert Wise, featuring over twenty interviews, with an intro by Gavin MacLeod. Although probably best known for West Side Story and The Sound of Music, he also directed such crime classics as Born to Kill, Mystery in Mexico and Odds Against Tomorrow.
  • Wasson, Sam, The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and The Last Years of Hollywood (non-fiction)Buy this book | Buy the audio | Kindle it!
    Everything you ever wanted to know, full of mini-bios, gossip and wacko conspiracy theories, about the making of arguably the greatest P.I. movie ever.

January 2020 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime

  • Cottrill, Tim, Bookery’s Guide to Pulps & Related Magazines (reference) Buy this book
    The newest edition of the most complete pulp data and price guide reference in print, featuring updated values, an all-new colour selection of classic pulp covers in full colour,  a comprehensive grading guide, and a special foreword from Jim Steranko–a must-have for collectors. 332 pages, black & white and color, 8.5″ x 11″.


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