Reviews and Blog Posts: true crime

Roman Polanski wanted and desired

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 A well-made documentary about Roman Polanski, his career, and his criminal actions which resulted in a 38-year struggle with the U.S. over punishment and extradition. When, in October, I watched this film, made in 2008, I had no idea he was still facing legal action-- Poland's refusal to extradite the...

My friend Dahmer : a graphic novel

by Derf

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True Crime meets the graphic format in Derf's My Friend Dahmer, a meticulously researched chronicle of Jeffrey Dahmer's life between adolescence and his first kill. There's more than just research driving this narrative, though: cartoonist Derf was actually close friends with Dahmer in high school, but was unaware of the future killer's...

Missoula : rape and the justice system in a college town

by Jon Krakauer

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I'm very conflicted about Jon Krakauer's Missoula, which addresses the prevalence of sexual assaults on college campuses by focusing on a handful of cases that occurred at University of Montana. On the one hand, it's a great example of Krakauer's notoriously engaging style: I finished it in two days. And...

The poisoner's handbook murder and the birth of forensic medicine in Jazz Age New York

by Deborah Blum

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This is a very interesting history of how forensic medicine and toxicology came to be. It covers the chemistry and the uses of various typical poisons like arsenic, carbon monoxide, cyanide, and many others. Surprisingly to me, this book also covered common items and chemicals found in everyday society during...

Winners of the Agatha and Edgar awards are in!

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel

On May 1, 2014 the Mystery Writers of America chose the winners for their prestigious Edgar Award. Here is a list of the winner for each category.

Boys don't cry

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This movie is based on a true story of the life and death of a transgender man Brandon Teena.  I feel the director beautifully accomplished telling the story of the violent crime against him as well as a glimpse into the person Brandon Teena was said to be. The movie...

Restless souls : the Sharon Tate family's account of stardom, the Manson murders, and a crusade for justice

by Alisa Statman

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Written by Sharon Tate's niece, Restless Souls shifts the focus of the infamous 1969 Manson murders from the notorious Manson Family, to the family of the victims.  Riveting and sad, this book provides an insider's view of the murders' aftermath and  tells the story of the Tate family's tireless advocacy for victims' rights.

Fresh City Life My Branch--Back in Action in 2012!

The Wichita Divide

Fresh City Life My Branch is back with a diverse, fun, and educational schedule of events for January & February! Check out the whole schedule here. Some upcoming highlights include:

Our first Colorado Authors Series event of 2012 is with Stephen Singular on Saturday, January 7 at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman. Mr. Singular is a 2-time New York Times bestselling author who grew up in Kansas. His first book was Talked to Death about the murder of Denver radio personality, Alan Berg.

2010 Macavity Award Winners

The Macavity Award is named for the "mystery cat" made famous by T.S. Eliot in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Each year the members of Mystery Readers International nominate and vote for their favorite mysteries in four categories for books published in the previous year.

Categories and winners are in bold.

Best First Mystery Novel:

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