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The Art of the Steal
How to Protect Yourself and Your Business from Fraud, America's #1 Crime
Written by Frank W. Abagnale


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Crown Business
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0684-5 (0-7679-0684-5)

"I had as much knowledge as any man alive concerning the mechanics of forgery, check swindling, counterfeiting, and other similar crimes. Ever since I'd been released from prison, I'd often felt that if I directed this knowledge into the right channels, I could help people a great deal. Every time I... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Best Intentions
The Education and Killing of Edmund Perry
Written by Robert Sam Anson


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1988
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-75707-0 (0-394-75707-6)

Anson explores how Edmund Perry, a 17-year-old black honors student from Harlem, was killed soon after graduation from Phillips Exeter Academy by a young white plainclothes policeman in an alleged mugging attempt.

“Disquieting . . . often poignant” (Time), an “engrossing” (Newsweek) exploration of racial attitudes in America, as illumined by the... Read more >
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Unnatural Death
Confessions of a Medical Examiner
Written by Michael M. Baden


Format: Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: March 28, 1990
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-8041-0599-6 (0-8041-0599-5)

In determining the causes of tens of thousands of deaths, from those of presidents and rock stars to victims of serial killings, exotic sex rituals, mass disasters, child abuse and drug abuse, Baden has come to the unavoidable conclusion that the search for scientific truth is often sullied by the pressures... Read more >

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Glock
The Rise of America's Gun
Written by Paul M. Barrett


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: January 10, 2012
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-71993-5 (0-307-71993-6)

Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as American’s gun. Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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God of the Rodeo
The Quest for Redemption in Louisiana's Angola Prison
Written by Daniel Bergner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: October 5, 1999
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-43553-8 (0-345-43553-2)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

God of the Rodeo
, by journalist Daniel Bergner, takes readers inside a world where no writer before has ventured so deeply–the life of a maximum-security state penitentiary. Bergner first traveled to Angola State Prison in Louisiana to cover the prison’s inmate rodeo, a... Read more >
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"I Heard You Paint Houses"
Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
Written by Charles Brandt


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: May 24, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-58642-089-5 (1-58642-089-5)

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran... Read more >
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Promises Kept
Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life
Written by Dr. Joe Brewster, Michele Stephenson and Hilary Beard


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: January 14, 2014
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-8489-7 (0-8129-8489-7)

Regardless of how wealthy or poor their parents are, all black boys must confront and surmount the "achievement gap": a divide that shows up not only in test scores, but in their social and emotional development, their physical well-being, and their outlook on life. As children, they score as high on...

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L.A. Noir
The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City
Written by John Buntin


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35208-8 (0-307-35208-0)

L.A. Noir tells the history of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s in America's dream city, beginning when the end of Prohibition left organized crime looking for a new way to exert influence and make a living. The Mob had to contend with downtown businesses, City Hall, and, above all, the LAPD... Read more >
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The World That Never Was
A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists, and Secret Agents
Written by Alex Butterworth


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38675-5 (0-307-38675-9)

A thrilling history of the rise of anarchism, told through the stories of a number of prominent revolutionaries and the agents of the secret police who pursued them.

In the late nineteenth century, nations the world over were mired in economic recession and beset by social unrest, their leaders increasingly threatened by... Read more >
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Mafia Inc.
The Long, Bloody Reign of Canada's Sicilian Clan
Written by Andre Cedilot and Andre Noel


Format: Hardcover, 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-36040-3 (0-307-36040-7)

The bestselling exposé about Canada’s most infamous mafia family is finally available in English, updated to include shocking events and revelations that followed its news-making publication in Québec.

Queens, New York, 1981. When Alphonse “Sonny Red” Indelicato and two others are found dead in a vacant lot, police fail to solve their... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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
Written by Paul Collins


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: June 4, 2013
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95645-3 (0-307-95645-8)

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Ponzi
The Incredible True Story of the King of Financial Cons
Written by Donald Dunn


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 23, 2004
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-1499-4 (0-7679-1499-6)

Just who was the man whose name has become synonymous with the classic “rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul” scam in which money from new investors is used to reward earlier ones? In December 1919, he was an unknown thirty-eight-year-old, self-educated Italian immigrant with a borrowed two-hundred dollars in his pocket. Six months later, he was... Read more >
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Raskols
The Gangs of Papua New Guinea
Written by Stephen Dupont
Contribution by Ben Bohane


Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: October 9, 2012
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-57687-601-5 (1-57687-601-2)

Papua New Guinea: A land of striking beauty, mountain ranges, lush rainforests, and some of the most spectacular coastlines on earth. A land with over eight hundred unique tribes and languages. A land where crime has gotten so out of control, personal security services are the country’s largest growth industry.

Papua New... Read more >

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The Hot House
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison
Written by Pete Earley


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: February 1, 1993
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-553-56023-7 (0-553-56023-9)

The most dreaded facility in the prison system because of its fierce population, Leavenworth is governed by ruthless clans competing for dominance. Here Earley unabashedly explores the characters and forces at work in Leavenworth, nicknamed 'The Hot House' for its lack of proper ventilation, and, as a result, reveals the state... Read more >
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The Hilliker Curse

Written by James Ellroy


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 6, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47739-2 (0-307-47739-8)

Legendary crime writer James Ellroy gives us a searing, candid memoir about his obsession with women, his related search for atonement, and his literary career.

The year was 1958. Jean Hilliker had divorced her hustler husband and resurrected her maiden name. Her son, James, was ten years old. In a dark moment... Read more >
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Unruly Women
The Politics of Confinement & Resistance
Written by Karlene Faith


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: July 26, 2011
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-137-3 (1-60980-137-7)

Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there.
Most women who... Read more >
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Discipline & Punish
The Birth of the Prison
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75255-4 (0-679-75255-2)

Using academic works and legal documents dating back to the early 1700s, Foucault constructs a history of punishment, beginning with the spectacle of corporal punishment and public execution and ending with the institution of the modern prison.  He argues that over the course of approximately eighty years (between the torture and execution... Read more >
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The Foucault Reader

Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1984
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-71340-3 (0-394-71340-0)

Edited by Paul Rainbow.  Michel Foucault was one of the most influential thinkers in the contemporary world, someone whose work has affected the teaching of half a dozen disciplines ranging from literary criticism to the history of criminology. The Foucault Reader contains selections from each area of Foucault's work as well as... Read more >

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Power/Knowledge
Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977
Written by Michel Foucault


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 12, 1980
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-73954-0 (0-394-73954-X)

Edited and with an afterword by Colin Gordon.  In this set of essays and interviews, Foucault interprets his writings on such themes as sexuality, politics, and punishment, stressing the contribution of each to the magnificent--and terrifying--portrait of society that he is compiling.  As Foucault shows, what he has always been describing is the... Read more >

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The Mafia
History and Legend
Written by Marco Gasparini
Translated by Brian Eskenazi


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: Flammarion
On Sale: October 11, 2011
Price: $17.98
ISBN: 978-2-08-030150-5 (2-08-030150-0)

An illustrated history of the Mafia, focusing on this highly developed criminal organization both as a cult subject and an important social phenomenon. Movie classics like The Godfather epitomize our fascination with the underworld of the Mafia, conjuring images of cigar-smoking dons and shoot-outs in pizzerias. But behind the romantic myths... Read more >

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The Forensic Casebook
The Science of Crime Scene Investigation
Written by Ngaire E. Genge


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: August 27, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-45203-0 (0-345-45203-8)

The Forensic Casebook draws on interviews with police personnel and forensic scientists—including animal examiners, botanists, zoologists, firearms specialists, and autoposists—to uncover the vast and detailed underworkings of criminal investigation. Encyclopedic in scope, this authoritative book leaves no aspect of forensic science untouched, covering such fascinating topics as:

• Securing a crime scene
•... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Violence
Reflections on a National Epidemic
Written by James Gilligan


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 29, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-77912-4 (0-679-77912-4)

Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist, Dr. James Gilligan has written a pathbreaking book on the tragic epidemic of violence in the United States.  Violence is a pioneering work that examines the roots of violence and offers a startling conclusion: that shame is a driving force behind violent behavior and... Read more >

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Shot in the Heart

Written by Mikal Gilmore


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1995
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47800-7 (0-385-47800-3)

Gary Gilmore, the infamous murderer immortalized by Norman Mailer in The Executioner's Song, campaigned for his own death and was executed by firing squad in 1977. Writer Mikal Gilmore is his younger brother. In Shot in the Heart, he tells the stunning story of their wildly dysfunctional family: their mother, a... Read more >
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DarkMarket
How Hackers Became the New Mafia
Written by Misha Glenny


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 2, 2012
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47644-9 (0-307-47644-8)

In this fascinating and compelling book—a must-read for anyone who owns a computer—Misha Glenny exposes our governments’ multi-billion-dollar war against an ever-morphing, super smart new breed of criminal: the hacker.

The benefits of living in a digital, globalized society are enormous; so too are the dangers. We bank online, shop online... Read more >
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McMafia
A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld
Written by Misha Glenny


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 7, 2009
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9512-4 (1-4000-9512-3)

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the deregulation of international financial markets in 1989, governments and entrepreneurs alike became intoxicated by dreams of newly opened markets. But no one could have foreseen that the greatest success story to arise from these events would... Read more >
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