Posts Categorized: True Crime

Oct 07
Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Review: Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

Do you know who Amanda Knox is?  Your answer to that question may impact how you approach this book.  I probably know more than a lot of people about the real-life murder case involving Knox, simply because I have a cousin who is very, very interested in the case, and I’ve spoken to her many times about it.  If you don’t know, Knox was an American college student convicted of murdering her roommate while the two were studying abroad in… Read more »


Aug 29
Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Review: Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard

Let’s get one thing out of the way: I know this is a work of fiction.  I read (and love) books about zombies, vampires, and other outlandish topics.  Project Cain takes a topic that is actually real – cloning – and then makes a giant leap forward.  But that leap didn’t make a whole lot of sense. In real life, animals have been cloned, including at least one instance I can remember of a person cloning a beloved pet.  It’s… Read more »


May 16
Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

Review: The Bling Ring by Nancy Jo Sales

This story fascinated me when it was all over the news several years ago.  I read all the gossip sites.  I even watched The Lifetime movie.  The upcoming film from Sofia Coppola has been on my radar for a while, in no small part because I want to see how Emma Watson pulls of a California girl accent.  I’ve read articles by Nancy Jo Sales in Vanity Fair magazines, and I’ve always enjoyed her writing.  So, even though I knew… Read more »


Feb 08
Review: Life After Death by Damien Echols

Review: Life After Death by Damien Echols

No matter what your views on crime and punishment in the United States in general, or on the death penalty in particular, Damien Echols’ memoir is certain to move you, challenge you, and devastate you. I only became aware of the “West Memphis Three” story a few years ago. I’ve since watched the HBO “Paradise Lost” documentaries with alternating degrees of sympathy and horror. I’ve always wanted to believe that our justice system functions (mostly) fairly and objectively, despite the… Read more »