Crime Books and Films

Jun 24, 2013
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An excerpt from the book American El Dorado: The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872. by Ron Elliott Preface Many years ago, I saw a televised interview in which a famous novelist discussed the differences between fiction and nonfiction.  One of the points he made was that, as...
May 13, 2013
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May 13, 2013 Special to Crime MagazineAn excerpt from George Hassett’s just released Gangsters of Boston, which is published by Strategic Media Books (www.strategicmediabooks.com). Gangsters of Boston is available at Amazon, bookstores, as an e-book and at special discount price...
Apr 1, 2013
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April 1, 2013Customs come and go but people’s fascination with the diabolical and the deadly is a constant throughout history. Greed, pride, and lust are among the most resilient of the Seven Deadly Sins. These perennial human failings help to power the stories of the books...
Dec 12, 2012
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Dec. 12, 2012Crime Magazine's Review of True-Crime Books by Denise Noe A multitude of approaches can be taken in crime writing. Crime is a subject that lends itself well to academic research. Thus, much writing on crime seeks to illuminate its history and the history of crime...
Nov 23, 2012
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Nov. 23, 2012The John Carlos Story, with Dave Zirin, Haymarket Books, 2011 Veronica & the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal as told to Valerie Jones, Xlibris, 2012Two books – very different and yet with a common thread of courage. If the names do not immediately resonate with you, it...
Nov 15, 2012
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Nov. 15, 2012 by Denise Noe Like any other phenomenon, crime does not exist in a vacuum. It is often a kind of warped, mangled shadow of the era and culture in which it arises. Both the forms that crime takes and the manner in which the general population responds to criminal...
Nov 7, 2012
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Facing the U.S. Prison Problem 2.3 Million Strong is a massive, thoughtful book written by someone from inside "the belly of the beast," who knows from years of personal experience what works and what doesn't. Ironically, most prisons today are not set up to rehabilitate...
Oct 17, 2012
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Crime Magazine's Review of True-Crime Books by Anneli Rufus (Vol. 17, Aug. 15, 2004) Who says true crime isn't the best beach-reading? Summer sunshine makes us feel warm and comforted and safe, in which case a crime book provides the same bracing jolt — that high-contrast...
Oct 17, 2012
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Crime Magazine's Review of True-Crime Books by Anneli Rufus (Vol. 15, Nov. 5, 2003) In late October I was fortunate to interview true-crime queen Ann Rule. She was in the Bay Area to promote her latest book, Heart Full of Lies. Rule told me that she "can't stand" mystery...
Oct 17, 2012
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 Crime Magazine's Review of True-Crime Books by Anneli Rufus (Vol. 9, Oct. 5, 2002) With international intelligence, infiltration, surveillance and secret weapons making headlines every day, we've come to see a whole new kind of crime as increasingly real, rather than...

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