Crime, Finance; Continent: Asia

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder Pretty much everything in every Cold War spy novel you ever read happened to this guy or someone he knows 396 pages (380 pages before Acknowledgments and Index) Bill Browder’s story appeared recently on CBS’s “60 Minutes” […]

Murder, Art; Region: Pacific Rim

Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest by Carl Hoffman The author came for the facts, but he returned for the context 322 pages (280 without Acknowledgments, Notes and the bibliography) You wouldn’t think that a book that narrates a gruesome killing in the first couple chapters could be said […]

Better Together? Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr; Continent: North America

Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery by Paul Collins High-profile courtroom drama, celebrity lawyers and shocking truths played out 215 years ago 304 pages (195 pages, excluding Acknowledgments, et cetera) Manhattan, 1799 – the veterans of the […]

True Crime, Journalism; Continent: North America

Yes, there’s a murder, and it’s a pretty sick one. But Guldensuppe’s death figures into author Paul Collins’ book mainly so he can talk about journalism on the threshold on the twentieth century. Am I losing you with the whole “condition of journalism” theme? If so, than you’re underestimating Collins’ ability to create a stunning narrative from his many hours of research.

Book 16; Continent: North America

Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard 323 pages, Kindle edition (261 pages up to Acknowledgements and Notes) Choose this compelling story of crime and madness in post-Civil War America even if history is a new genre for you Quick: which four American presidents […]