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A World Apart
Women, Prison, and Life Behind Bars
Written by Cristina Rathbone


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 13, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7109-5 (0-8129-7109-4)

The picture that emerges is both astounding and enraging. Women reveal the agonies of separation from family, and the prevalence of depression, and of sexual predation, and institutional malaise behind bars. But they also share their more personal hopes and concerns. There is horror in prison for sure, but Rathbone insists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Why They Kill
The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
Written by Richard Rhodes


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70248-8 (0-375-70248-2)

Why They Kill explores the discoveries of a maverick American criminologist, Dr. Lonnie Athens—himself the child of a violent family—which challenge conventional theories about violent behavior. By interviewing violent criminals in prison, Dr. Athens has identified a pattern of social development common to all seriously violent people—a four-stage process he calls... Read more >

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In the Place of Justice
A Story of Punishment and Redemption
Written by Wilbert Rideau


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 3, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27730-5 (0-307-27730-5)

Wilbert Rideau, an award-winning journalist who spent forty-four years in prison, delivers a remarkable memoir of crime, punishment, and ultimate triumph.

After killing a bank teller in a moment of panic during a botched robbery, Wilbert Rideau was sentenced to death at the age of nineteen. He spent several years on... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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The Unthinkable
Who Survives When Disaster Strikes - and Why
Written by Amanda Ripley


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Harmony
On Sale: June 16, 2009
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35290-3 (0-307-35290-0)

Discover how human beings react to danger–and what makes the difference between life and death

Today, nine out of ten Americans live in places at significant risk of earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, terrorism, or other disasters. Tomorrow, some of us will have to make split-second choices to save ourselves and our families. How... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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No Right to Remain Silent
What We've Learned from the Tragedy at Virginia Tech
Written by Lucinda Roy


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: March 30, 2010
Price: $15.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-58770-1 (0-307-58770-3)

The world watched in horror in April 2007 when Virginia Tech student Seung-Hui Cho went on a killing rampage that resulted in the deaths of thirty-two students and faculty members before he ended his own life.

Former Virginia Tech English department chair and distinguished professor Lucinda Roy saw the tragedy unfold... Read more >
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Who Named the Knife
A True Story of Murder and Memory
Written by Linda Spalding


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 7, 2008
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-27920-0 (0-307-27920-0)

When a murder occurs in beautiful Hawaii, the suspects are two young mainlanders on their honeymoon. Mayann Acker is eighteen-years-old. Her husband, William, is twenty-eight and just out of prison.

Linda Spalding is chosen as a juror for Maryann's trail. Surprisingly, the chief witness against her is William. Spalding has her doubts... Read more >

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Running the Books
The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Written by Avi Steinberg


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 4, 2011
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-3131-1 (0-7679-3131-9)

Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to attend Harvard, he has nothing but a senior thesis on Bugs Bunny to show for himself. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, Steinberg remains stuck at a crossroads, his “romantic” existence as a freelance obituary writer no longer cutting... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Gangbusters
How a Street Tough, Elite Homicide Unit Took Down New York's Most Dangerous Gang
Written by Michael Stone


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 9, 2002
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-48973-7 (0-385-48973-0)

The investigation into the late-night murder of a college student on the West Side Highway leads to the Wild Cowboys, a group of young men who for years terrorized Upper Manhattan and the Bronx while running a $30,000-a-day drug business. What follows is a tale of dogged pursuit that offers a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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May God Have Mercy
A True Story of Crime and Punishment
Written by John C. Tucker


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: August 10, 1998
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-33294-1 (0-385-33294-7)

An ideal source for the "con" side of any classroom debate on the death penalty, May God Have Mercy is the true story of a death sentence carried out despite new evidence and new witnesses, which the court--ruling on technicalities--refused to hear.

Written by a former Chicago criminal defense attorney, the... Read more >

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The Moral Compass of the American Lawyer
Truth, Justice, Power, and Greed
Written by Richard A. Zitrin and Carol M. Langford


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-00671-9 (0-449-00671-9)

With the popularity of television courtroom dramas that distort the perception of what lawyers do, it is time to tell the truth about the U.S. judicial system. Here is a cogent and groundbreaking program for legal reform. In this provocative book, practicing lawyers and distinguished law professors Zitrin and Langford offer... Read more >
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