Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New True Crime Books August 2009

The Rough Guide to True Crime is the complete compilation of crime's most notorious villains, heinous acts and shocking misdemeanors. The Rough Guide to True Crime provides an unusually wide coverage of crime's most preposterous occurrences and heinous acts; combining in-depth accounts of the most infamous to the lesser known crimes, from conmen to cybercrime, with 'at-a-glance' fact files throughout. From the Moors murders and Harold Shipman, to the murder of 2pac, this guide illuminates the psychology in play behind the most intriguing crimes in history, from the absurd to the appalling. Written by award winning journalist & author Cathy Scott, features include extensive black and white still photographs, feature profile boxes by forensic expert Professor Louis B Schlesinger explaining the psychology of serial killers, hit men, burglars and various types of murderers. Lesser violations provide a lighter touch, including Paris Hilton's traffic transgressions and Winona Ryder's shoplifting fetish. The Rough Guide to True Crimes explores the best of the haunting genre of True Crime, thrilling the armchair voyeur and amateur criminologist alike.

The Rough Guide to True Crime (Rough Guide Reference)
Country: United States of America
Format: Softcover
Author: Rough Guides; Cathy Scott
Publisher: Rough Guides Limited
ISBN: 9781858283852
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 336





The Real World of a Forensic Scientist: Renowned Experts Reveal What It Takes to Solve Crimes
With the skyrocketing popularity of TV crime shows like CSI and CSI-Miami , interest in forensic science has reached unprecedented levels. However compelling these programs are as dramas, they spread many misconceptions about the real world of the forensic scientist. Students who wish to pursue a career in this field are often unaware of the many diverse career choices available or have superficial notions of the rigors involved. In this in-depth insider's guide to this crucial area of criminal investigation, renowned forensic scientist Henry C Lee, along with veteran forensic experts Elaine M Pagliaro and Katherine Ramsland, provides a realistic picture of the education, skills, challenges, and rewards involved in the many specialties that encompass forensic science. Each of these specialties plays a role in unraveling seemingly baffling crimes. The first part of the book highlights Dr. Lee's personal story and forty-year career to demonstrate how forensic science developed in the twentieth century and came to be recognized by the courts and law enforcement as a crucial approach to investigating crimes. Dr. Lee shares many interesting stories about his experiences and those of his colleagues, who were instrumental in developing forensic science laboratories in the United States. The second part focuses on careers in forensic science, illustrated by descriptions of high profile cases that required different forensic disciplines, including engineering, accounting, psychology, crime scene investigation, and DNA analysis. These cases also underscore the importance of forensic evidence in criminal and civil cases, national security, environmental protection, and public safety. The third part presents the various specialties in forensic science created by the American Academy of Forensic Science; describes the types of evidence generally analyzed in each area; and lays out the steps one should take to prepare for a career in a particular specialty. Also included is useful information about professional organizations, certification programs and requirements, laboratory opportunities, and university forensic science programs. For those who wish to pursue a career in forensic science or for anyone who is interested in how criminal investigation is really done, this book is a must read.

The Real World of a Forensic Scientist: Renowned Experts Reveal What It Takes to Solve Crimes
Author: Henry C. Lee; Elaine M. Pagliaro
Country: United States of America
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Prometheus Books
ISBN: 9781591027294
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 264
Illustrations: illus





The Informant: A True Story
Author: Kurt Eichenwald

From an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter comes an outrageous story of greed, corruption, and conspiracy--which left the FBI and Justice Department counting on the cooperation of one man . . . It was one of the FBI's biggest secrets: a senior executive with America's most politically powerful corporation, Archer Daniels Midland, had become a confidential government witness, secretly recording a vast criminal conspiracy spanning five continents. Mark Whitacre, the promising golden boy of ADM, had put his career and family at risk to wear a wire and deceive his friends and colleagues. Using Whitacre and a small team of agents to tap into the secrets at ADM, the FBI discovered the company's scheme to steal millions of dollars from its own customers. But as the FBI and federal prosecutors closed in on ADM, using stakeouts, wiretaps, and secret recordings of illegal meetings around the world, they suddenly found that everything was not all that it appeared. At the same time Whitacre was cooperating with the Feds while playing the role of loyal company man, he had his own agenda he kept hidden from everyone around him--his wife, his lawyer, even the FBI agents who had come to trust him with the case they had put their careers on the line for. Whitacre became sucked into his own world of James Bond antics, imperiling the criminal case and creating a web of deceit that left the FBI and prosecutors uncertain where the lies stopped and the truth began. In this gripping account unfolds one of the most captivating and bizarre tales in the history of the FBI and corporate America. Meticulously researched and richly told by New York Times senior writer KurtEichenwald, The Informant re-creates the drama of the story, beginning with the secret recordings, stakeouts, and interviews with suspects and witnesses to the power struggles within ADM and its board--including the high-profile chairman Dwayne Andreas, F. Ross Johnson, and Brian Mulroney--to the big-gun Washington lawyers hired by ADM and on up through the ranks of the Justice Department to FBI Director Louis Freeh and Attorney General Janet Reno. A page-turning real-life thriller that features deadpan FBI agents, crooked executives, idealistic lawyers, and shady witnesses with an addiction to intrigue, The Informant tells an important and compelling story of power and betrayal in America From the Hardcover edition.

The Informant (Movie Tie-in Edition): A True Story (Random House Movie Tie-In Books)
Country: United States of America
Format: Softcover
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 9780767931250
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 656







Taken: The Agonising True Story of My Missing Sister
'God only knows what fate befell Vicky after, cold and alone at that bus stop, she accepted a lift home'. Abducted from a local bus stop, schoolgirl Vicky Hamilton vanished into thin air. Her disappearance left the country in shock and a family torn apart. Sharon - her sister and best friend - never stopped looking for her. Then, seventeen years later, the search came to an abrupt and tragic end. Taken is Sharon Hamilton's heartbreaking true story of what happens to a family when one of its most loved members disappears without a trace. It's about never giving up hope that one day they will come home, and that justice will be done.

Taken: The Agonising True Story of My Missing Sister
Author: Sharon Hamilton
Country: United Kingdom
Format: Softcover
Publisher: Random House UK
ISBN: 9780091924218
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 288




The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers
When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula. But perhaps more dangerous was coming face to face with Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida. Van Nostrand imports as many as 300,000 iguanas each year (over half the total of America's most popular imported reptile), as well as hundreds of thousands of snakes, lizards, frogs, spiders, and scorpions. Van Nostrand was suspected of being a reptile smuggler by Special Agent Chip Bepler of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who devoted years of his life in an obsessive quest to expose The Lizard King's cold-blooded crimes. How this cat-and-mouse game ended is engrossing and surprising.

The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers
Author: Bryan Christy
Country: United Kingdom
Format: Softcover
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 9780446699754
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 256






When Evil Rules: A True Story of Vengeance and Murder on Cape Cod
McPhee relates the true story of Melvin Reine, a man who terrorized a small town in Cape Cod for nearly four decades with threats, arson, and possibly murder.The Cape Cod beach town of Falmouth seemed like a lovely place to visit. But those who lived there year-round knew its other, darker side... Local businessman and infamous bully Melvin Reine had started setting the homes of his so-called enemies on fire. Few of his victims--or even the police--ever dared to implicate him. Because those who did would pay the price...Mysterious events kept creeping up in Falmouth. The disappearance of Melvin's wife, a dead man found in a cranberry bog, a teenager slated to testify against Melvin who boarded a ferry, never to be seen again--was Melvin somehow responsible? Only one police officer, John Busby, had the guts to press him for answers. One day he found himself on the wrong end of a sawed-off shotgun...but managed to survive the attack.

When Evil Rules: Vengeance and Murder on Cape Cod (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
Author: Michele R. McPhee
Country: United States of America
Format: Mass market paperback
Publisher: St. Martin's True Crime
ISBN: 9780312947750
Publication date: August 2009
Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated





Gang Wars on the Costa: The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise
For more than a decade, an intense gang war has been raging between British and foreign criminals in Spain's sunny coastal regions. The warring factions have left more than a hundred people dead and scores injured, making headlines around the world. These vicious conflicts for control of drugs turf, protection rackets, people smuggling and sex slavery have blighted the reputation of what was once Europe's number one holiday destination and given it a sinister epithet: Costa Del Crime. In this explosive book, investigative author Wensley Clarkson reveals the inside story of the crime mobs and their deadly feuds. With unprecedented access to senior gang members and police officers, he traces the roots of these criminals - from Britain, southern Europe, South America and the former Soviet block - and focuses on the emergence of the main gangs, whose rise to power has sparked gun battles and even professional hits. He also exposes, for the first time, the new breed of the so-called 'psycho gangsters', the up-and-coming, cold blooded criminals who have struck fear into the hearts of some of Britain's most legendary criminal kingpins.

Gang Wars on the Costa: The True Story of the Bloody Conflict Racing in Paradise
Author: Wensley Clarkson
Country: United Kingdom
Format: Softcover
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781844548088
Publication date: August 2009
Illustrations: Illustrations




The Real Football Factories: Shocking True Stories from the World's Hardest Football Fans
Meet the crews who think nothing of using tear gas, meat hooks, home-made bombs and worse. They come from all corners of the globe: from Brazil, Croatia, Argentina, Italy...and for these football hooligans, their team is their life. In a quest to find the most fanatical football hooligans on the planet, author Dominic Utton visited nine countries in three months with Danny Dyer and the team behind the hit TV series. Shot at, stoned, glassed and tear-gassed, he survived gunfire in Brazil and a riot in Poland.

The Real Football Factories: Shocking True Stories from the World's Hardest Football Fans
Country: United Kingdom
Format: Softcover
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
ISBN: 9781844547968
Publication date: August 2009
Illustrations: Illustrations

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