Struzan, Dylan, A Bloody Business (true crime) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Hard Case goes true crime! The late, notorious OG Jimmy Blue Eyes spills the beans on the Mob’s rise to power during Prohibition. His one condition was that none of it be published until after he was dead. Guess what? The SOB is dead.
November 2018 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime
Server, Lee, Handsome Johnny (true crime) | Buy this book Server, perhaps best known to followers of this site as the author of such works as The Encyclopedia of Pulp Writers and Danger is My Business, a history of the pulps, serves up the deliciously tawdry life (and death) of Johnny Rosselli, a gentleman gangster, Hollywood producer, extortionist and CIA hitman, who seemed to be everywhere. Assorted babes and movie stars, Las Vegas bigshots, Al Capone and Fidel Castro all figure into the mix.
Thompson, Laura, A Tale of Two Murders: Guilt, Innocence, and the Execution of Edith Thompson (true crime) | Buy this book |Kindle it! Murder or divorce? Decisions, decisions…
October 2018 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime
Cicchini, Michael D., Anatomy of a False Confession (true crime) | Buy this book One of the Making a Murderer defense lawyers digs deep into the police interrogation, false confession and subsequent conviction of teenager Brendan Dassey. For anyone who watched the Netflix documentary, or anyone who cares about actual justice, this is a disturbing wake-up call.
Gertzman, Jay A., Pulp According to David Goodis (biography/literary study) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Gertzman tears into the guts of the bleak, tortured fiction of Goodis, the damned and doomed King of Noir, and what made it tick.
Klinger, Leslie S., editor, Classic American Crime Fiction of the 1920s (anthology) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The Edgar-winning Master of the Annotation serves up five pivotal, iconic novels ( House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers, The Benson Murder Case by S.S, Van Dine, The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen and of special interest for fans of this site, Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett and Little Caesar by W.R. Burnett),presented in its original form, with extensive historical and cultural annotations and illustrations to infinity and beyond, plus a detailed foreword t put things in perspective and an introduction by Otto Penzler.
Mottram, James, & David S. Cohen, Die Hard: The Ultimate Visual History| Buy this book
Lavish illustrated testament to licensing and marketing. Covers the whole phenom, from the original hit flick and its endless sequels to the countless spin-offs (Comics! Video games! Toys!)
Appelman, J. Reuben, The Kill Jar: Obsession, Descent, and a Hunt for Detroit’s Most Notorious Serial Killer (true crime) | Buy this book | Kindle it! The author looks into the so-far unsolved Oakland County Child Killings from the winter of 1975-76. It’s personal.
Collins, Max Allan, & A. Brad Scwartz, Scarface and the Untouchable(non-fiction) | Buy this book|Buy the audio|Kindle it! This time it’s for real. Collins finally tears into Al Capone, Eliot Ness and the Battle for Chicago” with a huge slab of a book.
Rice, Craig, 45 Murderers (true crime) (r) |Kindle it! Reprint of a 1952 collection of 45 classic “true” crime stories Craig Rice wrote wrote for Saturday Home Magazine.
Vronsky, Peter, Sons of Cain: A History of Serial Killers From the Stone Age to the Present (true crime) | Buy this book | Kindle it! An in-depth examination of sexual serial killers throughout human history, how they evolved, and why we are drawn to their horrifying crimes.
July 2018 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime
Andersen, Mark, & Ralph Heibutzki, We Are the Clash (non-crime) | Buy this book | Kindle it! Heartbreaking play-by-play account of the dissolution of the band, marred by an awkward, schizophrenic, drawn-out attempt to pin every dragging beat to the politics of Thatcher, Reagan, etc. that fails to convince; never mind hide the fact that Joe and Kosmo were, well, assholes. The band mattered; this book not so much.
Chandler, Raymond, et al, The Annotated Big Sleep (Philip Marlowe) | Buy this book | Kindle it! | TD Review Bit by bit they sift through the clues, serving up 100s of notes and photos alongside the full novel, capped with a sterling intro by Jonathan Lethem. Who knows? We may even find out who killed the chauffer.
Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Volume 48 | Buy the book The annual bible for comic collectors, full of current prices, market reports, tips and fantastic illustrations, plus articles marking the 80th anniversary of Action Comics #1, the 50th anniversary of Marvel’s 1968 expansion and the 50th anniversary of film Planet of the Apes and the comics that followed in its wake.
Connolly, John, He (non-crime; biography) | Buy this book |Kindle it! The author of the acclaimed Charlie Parker series takes a giant step sideways, serving up a piercing and at times heartbreaking bio of film comedian Stan Laurel and his lifelong friendship with his partner, Oliver Hardy. Just a stunning achievement.
Pronzini, Bill, Son of Gun in Cheek (r)| Buy this book |Buy the audio |Kindle it! Reprint of Pronzini’s follow-up to Gun in Cheek. A hilarious salute to some of the very best of the very worst in crime fiction, or as Pronzini calls them, “alternative classics.” Read ’em and weep… and then laugh your ass off.
January 2018 Reference, Non-Fiction and True Crime