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Bruce Goldfarb, Judy Melinek
Description: Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, somehow developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life's work. She was best known for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dioramas that appear charming-until you notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, a blood-spattered comforter, bodies--splayed out on the floor, draped over chairs--clothed in garments that Lee lovingly knit with sewing pins. Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today. 18 Tiny Deaths is the story of a woman who overcame the limitations and expectations imposed by her social status and pushed forward an entirely new branch of science that we still use today.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.25 Gol
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Sanam Maher
Description: In 2016, Pakistan's first social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, was murdered in a suspected honor killing. Her death quickly became a media sensation. It was both devastatingly routine and breathtakingly brutal. Qandeel had courted attention and outrage with a talent for self-promotion that made her the constant victim of harassment and death threats. Social media and reality television exist uneasily alongside honor killings and forced marriages in a rapidly, if unevenly, modernizing Pakistan, and Qandeel Baloch's story became emblematic of the cultural divide. Sanam Maher reconstructs the story of Qandeel's life and explores the depth and range of her legacy from her impoverished hometown rankled by her infamy, to the aspiring fashion models who follow her footsteps, to the Internet activists resisting the same vicious online misogyny she faced. Maher depicts a society at a crossroads, where women serve as an easy scapegoat for its anxieties and dislocations, and teases apart the intrigue and myth-making of the Qandeel Baloch story to restore the humanity of the woman at its center"-- From publisher's description.
Call Number: 954.91 Mah
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Kate Winkler Dawson
Description: Berkeley, California, 1933. In a lab filled with curiosities--beakers, microscopes, Bunsen burners, and hundreds upon hundreds of books--sat an investigator who would go on to crack at least two thousand cases in his forty-year career. Known as the "American Sherlock Holmes," Edward Oscar Heinrich was one of America's greatest--and first--forensic scientists, with an uncanny knack for finding clues, establishing evidence, and deducing answers with a skill that seemed almost supernatural. Heinrich was one of the nation's first expert witnesses, working in a time when the turmoil of Prohibition led to sensationalized crime reporting and only a small, systematic study of evidence.
Call Number: 363.25 Daw
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Jake Anderson
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Jessica McDiarmid
Description: This work of investigative journalism follows a series of unsolved disappearances and murders of Indigenous women in rural British Columbia.
Call Number: 362.88 McD
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Gregg Olsen
Description: After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word "mom", it claws like an eagle's talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, the sisters developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother's dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders. This is a survivor's story of absolute evil--and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today--loving, loved, and moving on.--From book jacket flap.
Call Number: 364.1523 Ols
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Dan Abrams, David Fisher
Description: History remembers John Adams as a Founding Father and our country's second president. But in the tense years before the American Revolution, he was still just a lawyer, fighting for justice in one of the most explosive murder trials of the era. On the night of March 5, 1770, shots were fired by British soldiers on the streets of Boston, killing five civilians. The Boston Massacre has often been called the first shots of the American Revolution. Yet when the British soldiers faced trial, the young lawyer Adams was determined that they receive a fair one. He volunteered to represent them, keeping the peace in a powder keg of a colony, and in the process created some of the foundations of what would become United States law.
Call Number: 973.3113 Abr
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Sharon R. Muse
Description: On April 7, 2006, attorney Sharon Muse miraculously survived an attempted kidnapping, rape, and murder at the hands of Hank Morrison, a former client, only to find that the threat to her life was just beginning. Ineptitude in the justice system threatened to release Morrison and allow him the opportunity to finish the job, which he adamantly pledged to do. Muse would have to fight at every step to ensure her safety. Muse would act as her own advocate, investigator, legal counsel, and bodyguard in the years following the event. Here, Muse covers the brutal kidnapping, two trials, two appeals, procedural errors galore, one Supreme Court reversal, and even her intricate plan to murder Morrison before he could get to her. Muse would not ultimately execute that plan, and she would emerge victorious in the legal battle thanks to her faith and her own determination and legal acumen. But her safety is not ensured: Morrison is up for parole in 2026.
Call Number: 364.154 Mus
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Steve Murphy, Javier F. Pena
Description: The explosive memoir of legendary DEA agents and the subject of the Netflix series Narcos. Readers will go deep inside the inner workings of the Search Bloc, the joint Colombian-US task force that resulted in an intensive 18-month operation that tracked Escobar.
Call Number: 364.1336 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Jerry Mitchell
Description: Mitchell takes readers on the twisting road that led to the reopening of four of the most infamous killings from the days of the civil rights movement. His work played a central role in bringing killers to justice for the assassination of Medgar Evers, the firebombing of Vernon Dahmer, the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham and the June 21, 1964 murder of three civil rights workers by more than twenty Klansmen. Mitchell reveals how he unearthed secret documents, found long-lost suspects and witnesses, and built up evidence strong enough to take on the Klan. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 364.1523 Mit
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Andy Greenberg
Description: In 2014, the world witnessed the start of a mysterious series of cyberattacks. Targeting American utility companies, NATO, and electric grids in Eastern Europe, the strikes grew ever more brazen, including blackouts triggered by hackers. They culminated in the summer of 2017, when the malware known as NotPetya was unleashed, penetrating, disrupting, and paralyzing some of the world's largest companies--from drug manufacturing to software to shipping. At the attack's epicenter in Ukraine, ATMs froze. The railway and postal systems shut down. Hospitals went dark. NotPetya spread around the world, inflicting ten billion dollars in damage. The hackers behind these attacks are quickly gaining a reputation as the most dangerous team of cyberwarriors in history: Sandworm. Working in the service of Russia's military intelligence agency, they represent a persistent, highly skilled, state-sponsored force, willing to launch broad, unrestrained attacks on the most critical infrastructure of their adversaries. They target government and private sector, military and civilians alike. This globe-spanning detective story considers the danger this force poses to our national stability and security. As the Kremlin's role in meddling in the 2016 election, manipulating foreign governments, and sparking chaos comes into greater focus, Sandworm exposes the realities of Russia's global digital offensive and the launch of an era where warfare ceases to be waged on the battlefield. The lines between digital and physical conflict, between wartime and peacetime, have begun to blur--with world-shaking implications.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.168 Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Roman Dial
Description: In the predawn hours of July 10, 2014, the son of Alaskan scientist and National Geographic Explorer Roman Dial walked alone into Corcovado National Park, an untracked rainforest along Costa Rica's remote Pacific Coast. He carried a light backpack and machete. Cody emailed his father that he would do 4 days in the jungle and a day to walk out. He was never seen again. The authorities suspected murder. Dial was forced to confront the question: Was he responsible for his son's fate? -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 917.286 Dia
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Joshua Hammer
Description: In May 2010, Jeffrey Lendrum was apprehended at Britain's Birmingham International Airport with a suspicious parcel strapped to his stomach. Inside were fourteen rare peregrine falcon eggs snatched from a remote cliffside in Wales. Hammer follows the parallel lives of a globe-trotting smuggler who spent two decades capturing endangered raptors worth millions of dollars as race champions, and Detective Andy McWilliam of the United Kingdom's National Wildlife Crime Unit, who is hell bent on protecting the world's birds of prey. It's a story that's part true-crime narrative, part epic adventure. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 364.162 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Axton Betz-Hamilton
Description: In a powerful memoir, identity theft expert Betz-Hamilton tells the shocking and unsettling story of her family, betrayal, and deceit. Convinced that the thief had to be someone they knew, Axton and her parents completely cut off the outside world, isolating themselves from friends and family. Betz-Hamilton spent her formative years crippled by anxiety; her mother became paranoid, consumed by how others perceived the family. Herself a victim of the identity thief, her credit ruined, Betz-Hamilton vowed to find the thief who broke the unwritten rules of love, protection, and family. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 364.163 Bet
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Jan Stocklassa, Tara Chace
Description: When Stieg Larsson died, the author had been working on a true mystery that out-twisted his Millennium novels: the assassination on February 28, 1986, of Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister. It was the first time in history that a head of state had been murdered without a clue who had done it, and on a Stockholm street at point-blank range. Internationally known for his fictional far-right villains, Larsson was well acquainted with their real-life counterparts and documented extremist activities throughout the world. Stocklassa collects the pieces of Larsson's true-crime puzzle to follow the trail of intrigue, espionage, and conspiracy begun by this world's famous thriller writer. Together they set out to solve a mystery that no one else could.
Call Number: 364.1524 Sto
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Elizabeth Kendall, Molly Kendall
Description: Details the author's six-year relationship with serial killer Ted Bundy. Originally published in 1981, this expanded edition includes a new introduction and a new afterword by the author, never-before-seen photos, and a startling new chapter from the author's daughter, Molly, who has not previously shared her story.
Call Number: 364.1523 Ken 2020
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Adam Sisman
Description: In November 1958, the historian Hugh Trevor-Roper received a curious letter--an appeal for help, written on behalf of a student at Magdalen College, with the unlikely claim that he was being persecuted by the Bishop of Oxford. Trevor-Roper agreed to a meeting with Robert Parkin Peters: plagiarist, bigamist, fraudulent priest, and imposter extraordinaire. This book traces the strange career of this most eccentric criminal. Motivated but by a desire for prestige, Peters lied, stole, and cheated his way to academic positions and religious posts from Cambridge to New York, Singapore, and South Africa. His trail of destruction included seven marriages (three of which were bigamous), an investigation by the FBI, and a disastrous appearance on Mastermind. The Professor and the Parson is an account of eccentricity, narcissism, and a life as wild and unlikely as any in fiction.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.163 Sis
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Mara Hvistendahl
Description: A true story of industrial espionage in which a Chinese-born scientist is convicted of trying to steal U.S. trade secrets. In September 2011, sheriff's deputies in Iowa encountered three neatly dressed Asian men at a cornfield that had been leased by Monsanto to grow corn from patented hybrids. What began as a routine inquiry into potential trespassing blossomed into a federal court case that saw one of the men -- Mo Hailong, also known as Robert Mo -- plead guilty to conspiracy to steal trade secrets from U.S. agro-giants DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto on behalf of the China-based DBN Group, one of the country's largest seed companies. Economic espionage costs U.S. companies billions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Using the story of Mo and of others involved in the case, journalist Mara Hvistendahl uncovers the disquieting phenomenon of industrial espionage as China marches toward technological domination. She shines light on U.S. efforts to combat theft of proprietary innovation and technology and delves into the efforts to slow the loss of such secrets to other nations. The easy movement of experts and ideas affects development and the important role that espionage plays in innovation, both for the spies and the spied-upon. She also asks whether the current U.S. counter-espionage strategy helps or harms the greater public good.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.168 Hvi
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Emma Copley Eisenberg
Description: "In the early evening of June 25, 1980 in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, two middle-class outsiders named Vicki Durian, 26, and Nancy Santomero, 19, were murdered in an isolated clearing. They were hitchhiking to a festival known as the Rainbow Gathering but never arrived; they traveled with a third woman however, who lived. For thirteen years, no one was prosecuted for the "Rainbow Murders," though deep suspicion was cast on a succession of local residents in the community, depicted as poor, dangerous, and backward. In 1993, a local farmer was convicted, only to be released when a known serial killer and diagnosed schizophrenic named Joseph Paul Franklin claimed responsibility. With the passage of time, as the truth seemed to slip away, the investigation itself caused its own traumas--turning neighbor against neighbor and confirming a fear of the violence outsiders have done to this region for centuries. Emma Copley Eisenberg spent years living in Pocahontas and re-investigating these brutal acts. Using the past and the present, she shows how this mysterious act of violence has loomed over all those affected for generations, shaping their fears, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves."--Jacket flap.
Call Number: 364.1523 Eis
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Tracy Walder, Jessica Anya Blau
Description: The riveting story of Tracy Walder's tenure in the CIA and, later, the FBI. In high-security, steel-walled rooms in Virginia, Walder watched al-Qaeda members with drones as President Bush looked over her shoulder and CIA Director George Tenet brought her donuts. She tracked chemical terrorists and searched the world for Weapons of Mass Destruction. Driven to stop terrorism, Walder debriefed terrorists--men who swore they'd never speak to a woman--until they gave her leads. She followed trails through North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, shutting down multiple chemical attacks. Then Walder moved to the FBI, where she worked in counterintelligence. In a single year, she helped take down one of the most notorious foreign spies ever caught on American soil. Catching the bad guys wasn't a problem in the FBI, but rampant sexism was. Walder left the FBI to teach young women, encouraging them to find a place in the FBI, CIA, State Department or the Senate--and thus change the world.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.325 Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
Sierra Crane Murdoch
Description: When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher 'KC' Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and no one but his mother was actively looking for him. This book traces Lissa's steps as she hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. She navigates two worlds -- that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oil workers, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit becomes an effort at redemption--an atonement for her own crimes and a reckoning with generations of trauma. Here is both a story about a search for justice and a portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and--when it serves her cause--manipulative. It is a deep examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of healing.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Mur
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 16, 2020
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18 Tiny Deaths : The Untold Story Of Frances Glessner Lee And The Invention Of Modern Forensics
Bruce Goldfarb, Judy Melinek
363.25 Gol
The Adventurer's Son : A Memoir
Roman Dial
917.286 Dia
A Woman Like Her : The Story Behind The Honor Killing Of A Social Media Star
Sanam Maher
954.91 Mah
The Falcon Thief : A True Tale Of Adventure, Treachery, And The Hunt For The Perfect Bird
Joshua Hammer
364.162 Ham
American Sherlock : Murder, Forensics, And The Birth Of American Csi
Kate Winkler Dawson
363.25 Daw
The Less People Know About Us : A Mystery Of Betrayal, Family Secrets, And Stolen Identity
Axton Betz-Hamilton
364.163 Bet
Dark Waters : The Mysterious Death Of Elisa Lam.
Jake Anderson
The Man Who Played With Fire : Stieg Larsson's Lost Files And The Hunt For An Assassin
Jan Stocklassa, Tara Chace
364.1524 Sto
Highway Of Tears : A True Story Of Racism, Indifference, And The Pursuit Of Justice For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls
Jessica McDiarmid
362.88 McD
The Phantom Prince : My Life With Ted Bundy
Elizabeth Kendall, Molly Kendall
364.1523 Ken 2020
If You Tell : A True Story Of Murder, Family Secrets, And The Unbreakable Bond Of Sisterhood
Gregg Olsen
364.1523 Ols
The Professor And The Parson : A Story Of Desire, Deceit, And Defrocking
Adam Sisman
364.163 Sis
John Adams Under Fire : The Founding Father's Fight For Justice In The Boston Massacre Murder Trial
Dan Abrams, David Fisher
973.3113 Abr
The Scientist And The Spy : A True Story Of China, The Fbi, And Industrial Espionage
Mara Hvistendahl
364.168 Hvi
Kidnapped By A Client : The Incredible True Story Of An Attorney's Fight For Justice
Sharon R. Muse
364.154 Mus
The Third Rainbow Girl : The Long Life Of A Double Murder In Appalachia
Emma Copley Eisenberg
364.1523 Eis
Manhunters : How We Took Down Pablo Escobar
Steve Murphy, Javier F. Pena
364.1336 Mur
The Unexpected Spy : From The Cia To The Fbi, My Secret Life Taking Down Some Of The World's Most Notorious Terrorists
Tracy Walder, Jessica Anya Blau
363.325 Wal
Race Against Time : A Reporter Reopens The Unsolved Murder Cases Of The Civil Rights Era
Jerry Mitchell
364.1523 Mit
Yellow Bird : Oil, Murder, And A Woman's Search For Justice In Indian Country
Sierra Crane Murdoch
364.1523 Mur
Sandworm : A New Era Of Cyberwar And The Hunt For The Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers
Andy Greenberg
364.168 Gre