Autopsy of a Crime Lab by Brandon L. Garrett

Brandon L. Garrett’s monograph Autopsy of a Crime Lab: Exposing the Flaws in Forensics (University of California Press, 2021) is a brutally honest look at the inadequacies of forensic science, its practitioners, and a legal system that legitimizes aspects of the field that seemingly have no genuine scientific basis. In this carefully and expertly researched book, Garrett, …

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We Own This City by Justin Fenton

Pulitzer-Prize nominated reporter Justin Fenton seriously delivers with his organized crime thriller We Own This City: A True Story of Crime, Cops, and Corruption (Penguin Random House Canada, 2021), to be published this month. Fenton’s book tells the story of Baltimore Police Department and the 2015 scandal that led to eight of their officers being charged with …

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The Babysitter by Liza Rodman and Jennifer Jordan

Liza Rodman’s and Jennifer Jordan’s book The Babysitter: My Summers with a Serial Killer (Atria Books, 2021) chronicles Rodman’s 1960s childhood in Provincetown, MA. The book also chronicles Rodman’s interactions with Tony Costa, otherwise known as the “Cape Cod Ripper”. Costa killed at least three women in the 1960s; he buried their bodies in the woods after …

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Cold Case North by Deanna Reder, Eric Bell and Michael Nest

The synopsis for Cold Case North: The Search for James Brady and Absolom Halkett (University of Regina Press, 2020) captured me immediately. Two prospectors, Jim Brady and Abbie Halkett disappeared from the Northern Saskatchewan bush in 1967. After an extensive ground, water, and air search, nothing of note was found and the RCMP assumed they …

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

I have read many true crime books. I have consumed the good, the bad, and the ugly of this genre. I have been totally unaffected by some books, and unable to sleep because of others. The reaction I had to Alex Marzano-Lesnevich’s The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir (Flatiron Books, 2017) …

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