Category Archives: Crime

EVICTION by Matthew Desmond

Having just finished DREAM LAND, about the opioid crisis, I turned to EVICTION, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner subtitled Poverty and Profit in the American City. You could say I’m a glutton for bad news, but it’s more like I’m trying … Continue reading

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DREAM LAND by Sam Quinones

Depending on where you live and whom you know, you might know quite a lot about opioid addiction. You might have seen firsthand how someone goes to a doctor for back pain and ends up hooked on OxyContin. You might … Continue reading

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RED NOTICE by Bill Browder

I admit I took my eye off the Russia ball for a while. For years, actually. Once we signed nuclear disarmament treaties with them (or first with the “Soviet Union” then “Russia”), I thought, OK, so they’re not going to … Continue reading

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BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  Toni Morrison has called this book “required reading,” and I agree. Carved as a letter to his teenaged son, BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME explains why Ta-Nehisi Coates feels the way he feels and views the world the way … Continue reading

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HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz

Regular readers of this blog know I am a HUGE fan of Lisa Lutz, the author of the Spellman File series and Heads You Lose (with David Hayward). So it should come as no surprise that she has once again … Continue reading

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COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen

April 20, 2015: Sixteen years ago today, two teenage boys conducted a violent assault on their high school, murdering twelve students and a teacher and wounding dozens of others before turning their guns on themselves. Dave Cullen’s COLUMBINE needs no subtitle. … Continue reading

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ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK by Piper Kerman

When I finally picked up ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK (originally published in 2010), I did not know what to expect. The buzz around the Netflix series, which I have not yet viewed, seems to suggest high drama, machinations, and … Continue reading

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GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy

In order to solve a problem, you must first unpack it. What is really going on? What are the causes, as opposed to the signs and symptoms? Too often, perhaps, we leap to conclusions without sufficiently exploring the depths of … Continue reading

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