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Oswald's Tale
An American Mystery
Written by Norman Mailer


Format: Trade Paperback, 864 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 25, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40437-4 (0-345-40437-8)

"Explaining Kennedy's assassination through the flaws in Oswald's character has been attempted before, notably by Gerald Posner in Case Closed and Don DeLillo in Libra. Neither handled Oswald with the kind of dexterity and literary imagination that Mailer here supplies in great force... Oswald's Tale weaves a story not only about... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Crime Fighter
Putting the Bad Guys Out of Business
Written by Jack Maple and Chris Mitchell


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 17, 2000
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0554-1 (0-7679-0554-7)

Former NYPD Deputy Commissioner Jack Maple was a man in a bow tie and homburg--he was also on a mission to revolutionize the way crime is fought: how cops go after crooks, and how they prevent crime in the first place. And he succeeded.

But Maple is not satisfied. In The Crime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues
Incredible True Tales of Mischief and Mayhem
Written by Paul Martin


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Prometheus Books
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-61614-927-7 (1-61614-927-2)

Dividing his profiles into three categories—villains, scoundrels, and rogues—author and former National Geographic editor Paul Martin serves up concise, colorful biographies of thirty of America’s most outrageous characters. Students will read the story of Ed Gein, Alfred Hitchcock’s hideous inspiration for Psycho, and marvel at the clever duplicity of the con... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Prisons: Inside the New America
From Vernooykill Creek to Abu Ghraib
Written by David Matlin
Foreword by Ishmael Reed


Format: Trade Paperback, 168 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: March 28, 2005
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-549-2 (1-55643-549-5)

This powerful exposè reveals how America's ailing prison system undermines the public trust. For ten years, David Matlin taught at a maximum-security prison, a daily confrontation with the nature of society, crime, and violence. Based on his experiences, this book examines the history of prisons in the United States and shows... Read more >

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The Big Con
The Story of the Confidence Man
Written by David Maurer
Introduction by Luc Sante


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 20, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49538-7 (0-385-49538-2)

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Queer (In)Justice
The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States
Written by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie and Kay Whitlock


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: January 24, 2012
Price: $19.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-5115-3 (0-8070-5115-2)

*An Outstanding Academic Title of 2011 — Choice Magazine

A groundbreaking work that turns a “queer eye” on the criminal legal system

Drawing on years of research, activism, and legal advocacy, Queer (In)Justice is a searing examination of queer experiences--as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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The Victorian Detective

Written by Alan Moss


Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1283-8 (0-7478-1283-7)

This book explores the roots of crime solving, telling the story of the iconic Victorian detective and how he cracked criminal cases with superior observations skills and powers of deduction. From murder to train robberies, students will learn how early police detectives tracked down killers and thieves. The book explores the birth of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hunting Season
Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
Written by Mirta Ojito


Format: Hardcover, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8070-0181-3 (0-8070-0181-3)

In November 2008, Marcelo Lucero, a thirty-seven-year-old undocumented Ecuadorean immigrant, was attacked and murdered by a group of teenagers as he walked the streets of the Long Island village of Patchogue accompanied by a childhood friend. The attackers were out “hunting for beaners.” Chasing, harassing, and assaulting defenseless “beaners”–their slur for... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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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: $16.00
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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The Best American Crime Writing: 2003 Edition
The Year's Best True Crime Reporting
Edited by Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 19, 2003
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-71301-9 (0-375-71301-8)

This year’s worth of the most powerful, the most startling, the smartest and most astute, in short, the best crime journalism. Scouring hundreds of publications, Otto Penzler and Thomas H. Cook have created a remarkable compilation containing the best examples of the most current and vibrant of our literary traditions: crime... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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


Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 11, 2014
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47561-9 (0-307-47561-1)

A New Scientist Best Book of 2013

Why do some kids from good environments become mass murderers? Is there actually such a thing as a natural born killer? And, if so, what can we do to identify and treat those born with a predisposition to criminal behavior?

For more than three decades... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a hardcover.

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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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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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Do You Sincerely Want to Be Rich?
The Full Story of Bernard Cornfeld and I.O.S.
Written by Charles Raw, Bruce Page and Godfrey Hodgson


Format: Trade Paperback, 592 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: May 17, 2005
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-7679-2006-3 (0-7679-2006-6)

In the fall of 1955, Bernard Cornfeld arrived in Paris with scant money in his pocket and a tenuous relationship with a New York firm to sell mutual funds overseas. Cornfeld, a former psychologist and social worker, knew how to make friends fast and soon targeted two groups of people who... Read more >
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A Bright and Guilty Place
Murder, Corruption, and L.A.'s Scandalous Coming of Age
Written by Richard Rayner


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3358-4 (1-4000-3358-6)

Los Angeles was the fastest growing city in the world, mad with oil fever, get-rich-quick schemes, and celebrity scandals. It was also rife with organized crime, with a mayor in the pocket of the syndicates and a DA taking bribes to throw trials. In A Bright and Guilty Place, Richard Rayner... Read more >
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Drake's Fortune
The Fabulous True Story of the World's Greatest Confidence Artist
Written by Richard Rayner


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49950-7 (0-385-49950-7)

His scam was as simple as it was brazen. Before and during the Great Depression, Oscar Hartzell persuaded tens of thousands of Midwesterners to part with millions of dollars to start a legal fund that would see the mythical fortune of Sir Francis Drake restored to his rightful heir. In return... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Mark Inside
A Perfect Swindle, a Cunning Revenge, and a Small History of the Big Con
Written by Amy Reading


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 26, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47359-2 (0-307-47359-7)

In 1919, Texas rancher J. Frank Norfleet lost everything he had in a stock market swindle—twice. But instead of slinking home in shame, he turned the tables on the confidence men. Armed with a revolver and a suitcase full of disguises, Norfleet set out to capture the five men who had... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and 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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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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Maranoia
Weed, Greed, and the End of California
Written by David Rose


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Melville House
On Sale: September 9, 2014
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-61219-186-7 (1-61219-186-X)

When Californians voted on Proposition 19–the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act–in November 2010, many expected the state to become the first to fully legalize a Schedule I drug. After all, the pro-legalization movement had huge popular support, medical marijuana was already legal, and, well, pot was the state’s biggest agricultural... Read more >
Also available as 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 >
Also available as 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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True Notebooks
A Writer's Year at Juvenile Hall
Written by Mark Salzman


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 31, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72761-0 (0-375-72761-2)

When Mark Salzman is invited to visit a writing class at Central Juvenile Hall, a lockup for Los Angeles’s most violent teenage offenders, he scrambles for a polite reason to decline. He goes—expecting the worst—and is so astonished by what he finds that he becomes a teacher there himself. True Notebooks... Read more >

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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 >
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