Karen Sandlin Silverman

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The Fight for Free Speech: Ten Cases That Define Our First Amendment Freedoms

Rosenberg presents challenging, provocative material in an engaging manner that will have readers pondering these issues. Anyone interested in the history of free speech and the Supreme Court will enjoy this extensively researched book.

Murder Maps: Crime Scenes Revisited; Phrenology to Fingerprint; 1811–1911

Gray blends an eye for gruesome detail with impressive visuals and a helpful bibliography to make this a popular addition to true crime collections.

Lawless: A Lawyer’s Unrelenting Fight for Justice in a War Zone

Those interested in human rights, women’s rights, and the legal system will devour this uplifting and immersive book, along with the author’s documentary Motley’s Law and her TED talk.

The Snow Killings: Inside the Oakland County Child Killer Investigation

A moving, well-crafted narrative for true crime buffs.

The Modern Detective: How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping the World

Maroney has crafted an entertaining read that will appeal to fans of mystery and detective stories updated for a modern world. Those interested in pursuing a career in research and investigation will also appreciate this volume.

The Big Heist: The Real Story of the Lufthansa Heist, the Mafia, and Murder

While a good coda to Goodfellas, a must-purchase only for extensive true crime collections.

Al Capone: His Life, Legacy, and Legend

Bair has written perhaps the last word on Capone. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 4/3/16.]

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder; The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age

This fascinating account of a Victorian murder, complemented by the added strength of a rich description of the period's society and judicial system, should be a solid addition to academic and true crime collections.


This overview of the cocaine industry will be important for legal and criminal collections. The combination of writing styles—worldview and personal experiences—might not appeal to some, however.

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