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Serial Killers

Written by Joel Norris


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 1, 1989
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26328-3 (0-385-26328-7)

Through extensive research and interviews with five notorious serial killers, author Joel Norris demonstrates that serial killers have specific biological and genetic makeups that can be identified as early as five years of age. A compelling read for both the curious layman and the concerned professional. Read more >

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And the Dead Shall Rise
The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank
Written by Steve Oney


Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76423-6 (0-679-76423-2)

On April 27, 1913, the bludgeoned body of thirteen-year-old Mary Phagan was discovered in the basement of Atlanta’s National Pencil Factory. The girl’s murder would be the catalyst for an epic saga that to this day holds a singular place in America’s collective imagination—a saga that would climax in 1915 with... Read more >

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Turning Stones
My Days and Nights with Children at Risk A Caseworker's Story
Written by Marc Parent


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: January 27, 1998
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-449-91235-5 (0-449-91235-3)

These are the riveting and disturbing true stories of a child welfare caseworker's years on the job. For four years, Marc Parent was a respected case worker in New York City's Emergency Children's Services, a city agency created to investigate cases of abused children. Parent was devoted, and witnessed bravery as... Read more >

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No Heroes, No Villains

Written by Steven J. Phillips


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 12, 1978
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72531-4 (0-394-72531-X)

On June 28, 1972 in a South Bronx subway station, John Skagen, a white off-duty policeman on his way home, suddenly and without apparent provocation, ordered James Richardson, a black man on his way to work, to get against the wall and put his hands up. Richardson had a gun, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Guilt Project
Rape, Morality and Law
Written by Vanessa Place


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: March 23, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-264-7 (1-59051-264-2)

An English court in 1736 described rape as an accusation “easily to be made and hard to be proved, and harder to be defended by the party accused, though never so innocent.” To prove the crime, the law required a woman to physically resist, to put up a “hue and cry,”... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Dead Man Walking
The Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate
Written by Helen Prejean
Preface by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Afterword by Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 31, 1994
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75131-1 (0-679-75131-9)

In Dead Man Walking, Sister Helen Prejean takes the reader inside the United States' death penalty system and asks how can a society benefit from replicating the violence it condemns.  In 1982, she became the spiritual advisor to Patrick Sonnier, convicted of the murder of two teenagers and sentenced to die in... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Death of Innocents
An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions
Written by Helen Prejean


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 24, 2006
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75948-5 (0-679-75948-4)

Sister Helen Prejean was a little-known Roman Catholic nun from Louisiana when in 1993, her first book Dead Man Walking, challenged the way we look at the death penalty in America. It became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Now in The Death of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Anatomy of Violence
The Biological Roots of Crime
Written by Adrian Raine


Format: Hardcover, 496 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-37884-2 (0-307-37884-5)

Why do some innocent kids grow up to become cold-blooded serial killers? Is bad biology partly to blame? For more than three decades Adrian Raine has been researching the biological roots of violence and establishing neurocriminology, a new field that applies neuroscience techniques to investigate the causes and cures of crime... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.

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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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Facing the Wind
A True Story of Tragedy and Reconciliation
Written by Julie Salamon


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: April 9, 2002
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75940-6 (0-375-75940-9)

A New York Times Notable Book
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001
A Fresh Air Best Book of 2001


Robert and Mary Rowe’s second child, Christopher, was born with severe neurological and visual impairments. For many years, the Rowes’ courageous response to adversity set an example for other parents of children with... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Inside the Criminal Mind
Revised and Updated Edition
Written by Stanton Samenow


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-4619-5 (1-4000-4619-X)

First published in 1984, this groundbreaking book presented a chilling profile of the criminal mind that shattered long-held myths about the sources of and cures for crime. Now, with the benefit of twenty years' worth of additional knowledge and insight, Stanton Samenow offers a completely updated edition of his classic work... Read more >

A Woman Scorned

Written by Peggy Sanday


Format: eBook, 338 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 14, 2011
Price: $11.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-80209-5 (0-307-80209-4)

2011 Edition with a New Afterword by the author

The venerable and often misquoted phrase "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned" continues to haunt American women who accuse men of sexual harassment and rape. In this bracing study of American sexual culture and the politics of acquaintance rape, anthropologist Peggy... Read more >

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-557-9 (1-60980-557-7)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Madiba A to Z
The Many Faces of Nelson Mandela
Written by Danny Schechter


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 26, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-60980-559-3 (1-60980-559-3)

From the makers of the major motion picture Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a completely unique biography and thematic telling of the story of Nelson Mandela.  This book, which provided key source material for the film, is an unexpurgated collection of the views and opinions of South Africa’s first Black president, and it draws on... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Prince of Providence
The Rise and Fall of Buddy Cianci, America's Most Notorious Mayor
Written by Mike Stanton


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: July 13, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75967-3 (0-375-75967-0)

In The Prince of Providence, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Mike Stanton tells a classic story of wiseguys, feds, and politicians on a carousel of crime and redemption.

Buddy Cianci was part urban visionary, part Tony Soprano—a flawed political genius in the mold of Huey Long and James Michael Curley. His lust for power... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Just Mercy
A Story of Justice and Redemption
Written by Bryan Stevenson


Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: October 21, 2014
Price: $28.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-9452-0 (0-8129-9452-3)

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
 
Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to... Read more >

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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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The Victorian Criminal

Written by Neil Storey


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: August 23, 2011
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-0814-5 (0-7478-0814-7)

From gaslit city streets to dark wooded estates, crime was rife in Victorian Britain; through a wide array of historical court records, newspaper accounts and prison books, The Victorian Criminal gives a fascinating overview of those involved in it. Within these pages may be found accounts of petty criminals and poachers... Read more >

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The Count and the Confession
A True Murder Mystery
Written by John Taylor


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 10, 2003
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72583-8 (0-375-72583-0)

Roger de la Burde was an unusual and charming man—a wealthy scientist and art collector, he claimed to be a Polish Count, wore ascots, and always bowed to women. But after he was found dead in the library of his Virginia estate, police discovered that de la Burde was not the... 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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Convicted in the Womb

Written by Carl Upchurch


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: August 4, 1997
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-37520-6 (0-553-37520-2)

Convicted in the Womb is an explosive look at racial injustice in America. Carl Upchurch, executive director of the Council for Urban Peace and Justice, organizer of the landmark Gang Summit — former felon, tells of how he overcame a youth that epitomized the tragedy of inner-city America to become a... Read more >

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Kafka Comes to America
Fighting for Justice in the War on Terror - A Public Defender's Inside Account
Written by Steven T. Wax


Format: Hardcover, 380 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: June 3, 2008
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-295-1 (1-59051-295-2)

Winner of the American Bar Association’s 2009 Silver Gavel Award for Books
In Kafka Comes to America, federal public defender Stephen T. Wax argues that under the Bush administration, not only have the civil rights of foreigners been in jeopardy, but also those of U.S. citizens. Wax interweaves the stories of two... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Remembering Satan

Written by Lawrence Wright


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75582-1 (0-679-75582-9)

Remembering Satan is a lucid, measured, and absolutely riveting inquest into the 1988 case of Paul Ingram, a respected deputy sheriff in Olympia, Washington, and his family’s accusations of sexual abuse against him—accusations which eventually revealed Ingram’s participation in bizarre satanic rites involving his whole family and other members of the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Civil Warriors
The Legal Siege on the Tobacco Industry
Written by Dan Zegart


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Delta
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-31936-2 (0-385-31936-3)

Should major business organizations, such as tobacco companies and fast-food companies, have moral and social responsibilities to the public in what they produce, sell, and how they market? A landmark narrative of an epic legal battle, Civil Warriors is the true account of how one tenacious lawyer led the charge against... Read more >
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