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Scan Artist: How Evelyn Wood Convinced the World That Speed-Reading Worked

A clearly written book, laced with wry humor amid condemnation. Suggested for history and true crime readers.
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The Bourbon King: The Life and Crimes of George Remus, Prohibition’s Evil Genius

Compared with William Cook’s King of the Bootleggers, this is a more comprehensive look at Remus’s life, though Cook’s work more closely examines its subject’s political connections and has deeper coverage of his courtroom performances. Recommended primarily for readers already interested in nonfiction accounts of organized crime or Prohibition.

Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers

Told with the fast-paced style of a thriller, this book is highly recommended for all fans of international intrigue and cyberwarfare. An exceptional account that will inform and possibly frighten--and a necessary purchase for all libraries.

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The Less People Know About Us: A Mystery of Betrayal, Family Secrets, and Stolen Identity

A poignant and fascinating exploration of identity theft. This book will appeal to those with an interest in family-centered memoirs and crime.
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On the Lam: A History of Hunting Fugitives in America

Although the stories of the fugitive captures are fascinating, many true crime readers will already be familiar with the basic facts presented here. Readers curious about the evolution of law enforcement agencies and their role in apprehending these individuals will be better served.
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Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System

This readable overview of issues within the criminal justice system will appeal to political science, criminal justice, and legal scholars and students, as well as anyone wanting to learn more about its inner workings.

United States v. Apple: Competition in America

More of an armchair than a beach read, this authoritative work contains a wealth of information in a readable format. Highly recommended for serious readers interested in hot topics on the economics of publishing.

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Litigation Nation: A Cultural History of Lawsuits in America

Hoffer’s study covers a vast topic in a clear and concise manner that will appeal to those interested in American law, especially historians and legal scholars.

Banned: Immigration Enforcement in the Time of Trump

This meticulously argued work succeeds in illuminating with plain language what the immigration system obscures behind jargon and steel bars.

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Character: What It Means and Why it Matters

Recommended for academic libraries and readers interested in legal ethics.

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The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the Women Who Pursued Him, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz- Age America

Abbot keeps up the momentum and suspense while giving her substantial characters their due. Recommended for fans of historical true crime, such as Mary Cummings’s Saving Sin City; fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will also devour this juicy read.

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Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly

Individuals who have experienced abuse may want to avoid this book entirely. For readers interested in the cult of celebrity, the life of R. Kelly, true crime, journalism, and the #MeToo movement.

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Recommended for all who enjoy true crime and legal dramas and essential for those hoping to learn more about Lee’s enigmatic life
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Deep Conviction: True Stories of Ordinary Americans Fighting for the Freedom To Live Their Beliefs

Readers interested in religious liberty will find this work to be an accessible exploration of a much-disputed area of constitutional law.

Keep the Wretches in Order: America’s Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW

This title excels at showing the danger of American justice during wartime. For those who enjoyed Nat Hentoff’s The First Freedom and Peter Iron’s Courage of their Convictions, it’s a must-read, appealing to American historians, political scientists, and anyone interested in labor and the judicial process.

Speech Police: The Global Struggle To Govern the Internet

Insightful for readers who have tracked the history of expression on the Internet and who enjoy connecting that history to law and culture.

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The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue

The Turpins’ recent guilty plea to 14 counts of torture and child abuse makes this a timely account for true crime fans.

American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century

Gripping and superbly researched, this is destined to be a true crime classic, alongside titles such as Vincent Bugliosi’s Helter Skelter. Hand to readers who enjoyed Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer.

The Queen: The Forgotten Life Behind an American Myth

While the stereotype of the welfare queen still remains, few know its origins. This is a highly recommended, fascinating examination of a prolific con artist, who by the end of her life may not have been able to distinguish between reality and her own lies.

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Norco ’80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History

This will be right at home in the true crime section of any public library.

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The Killer Across the Table: Unlocking the Secrets of Serial Killers and Predators with the FBI’s Original Mindhunter

Douglas’s latest is harrowing and hard to put down; this will be welcomed by true crime buffs and law enforcement professionals alike

The Mastermind: Drugs. Empire. Murder. Betrayal

This gripping example of investigative reporting will find large audiences among those fascinated by the growing genre of cybercrime.

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Two Lost Boys

Debut novelist Robertson brings new meaning to the term legal thriller and introduces readers to a heroine who is both savvy and mature.
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Testimony

Inspired by "real world events," Turow (Presumed Innocent; Identical) crafts a complex and haunting tale of war crimes that will not only satisfy his courtroom drama devotees but also readers of international thrillers. [See Prepub Alert, 11/7/16.]
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Kids for Cash: Two Judges, Thousands of Children, and a $2.6 Million Kickback Scheme

A solid, shocking work of investigative journalism, recommended for civic-minded general readers and students of juvenile justice issues.
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Peppermint Twist: The Mob, the Music, and the Most Famous Dance Club of the ’60s

This consistently entertaining account of the famous and infamous in rock ’n’ roll history will be of interest to music nostalgia fans as well as true crime buffs.
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Beyond Cold Blood: The KBI from Ma Barker to BTK

Clearly proud of the agency and its hard work, Welch gets readers to care about the people involved in helping protect the public. This book will be of interest to fans of true crime, Kansas history, and law enforcement.
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The Partisan: The Life of William Rehnquist

Rehnquist never completed a memoir, and his personal life is largely unknown to the public. Not only the story of the justice’s life and career, this book is also a portrait of 20th-century American politics. Recommended for readers interested in the Supreme Court and U.S. politics.
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Killer Show: The Station Nightclub Fire, America’s Deadliest Rock Concert

This jury finds Barylick guilty of crafting a precise account that will appeal to readers interested in accident reconstruction, forensics, product liability, tort law, disaster prevention, and the application of rationality to chaos.
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Putting Universal Human Rights to Work: Policy Actions in the Struggle for Social Justice

Stuart presents a balanced history of the evolution of America’s present social justice system while also making creditable arguments for what government policies he believes need to change to better foster socioeconomic equality and basic civil and human rights.
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Lost Girls

For true crime fans who can stomach a story about murdered teenagers. This book will be popular with fans of Rother, Ann Rule, and other popular true crime writers.
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Octopus: Sam Israel, The Secret Market, and Wall Street’s Wildest Con

This is a fantastic read. Lawson observes that much of his information is from a noted con man and he had no way of verifying it. Often it feels as if Lawson himself was in thrall to Israel’s charms, but the story is so riveting that readers are unlikely to care whether everything is completely accurate. Recommended for those who devour stories of deception.
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Psycho USA: Famous American Killers You Never Heard Of

Schechter completists and die-hard historical true-crime readers will not be disappointed. Still, while Schecter tells it like it was, the older cases become progressively less engaging once you realize you know where they’re heading.
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Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, The Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution

  The only book-length treatment of this key opinion, this title is challenging reading, but for scholars and advanced students it offers great insight into the political and legal history of the antebellum period. Of special interest during the 150th anniversary years of the Civil War.
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Law Man: My Story of Robbing Banks, Winning Supreme Court Cases, and Finding Redemption

  Hopwood’s prison memoir and long journey back into society are told with brutal and riveting honesty. For those readers interested in the sociology of crime and its effect on the prison population, this title is essential.
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Desert Reckoning: A Town Sheriff, a Mojave Hermit, and the Biggest Manhunt in Modern California History

This compelling portrait of a senseless but strangely inevitable human tragedy is certain to mesmerize readers of books such as Maureen Orth’s Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History.
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