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Michael Cannell
Description: The true story of the rise and fall of Murder, Inc. and the executioner-turned-informant whose mysterious death became a legendary moment in Mob history. In the fall of 1941, a momentous trial was set to begin that threatened to end the careers and lives of New York's most brutal mob kingpins. The lead witness, Abe Reles, had been a trusted executioner for Murder, Inc., the enforcement arm of a coast-to-coast mob network known as the Syndicate. But the man responsible for coolly silencing hundreds of informants was about to become the most talkative snitch of all. In exchange for police protection, Reles was prepared to rat out his murderous friends--until the morning of the trial, when his shattered body was discovered on a rooftop outside his heavily-guarded hotel room. Michael Cannell traces the history of Murder, Inc. through Reles' rise from street punk to murder chieftain to stool pigeon, ending with his face-down death. It resurrects a time when crime became organized crime: a world of money and power, depravity and corruption, street corner ambushes and elaborate hits by foot soldiers in double-breasted suits. For a brief moment before World War II took over everything, America fixated on the delicate balance of trust and betrayal on the Brooklyn streets. This is the story of the one man who tipped the balance.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.106 Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Peter Vronsky
Description: Chilling stories of serial killers from the so-called "surge" or epidemic years of serial murder. Peter Vronsky has established himself as an expert on the history of serial killers. In this history of the worst decades of American serial murder, when the number and body count of serial killers exploded, Vronsky tells the stories of the most notable and unusual serial killings from the 1950s to the early twenty-first century. From Ted Bundy to the Golden State Killer, our fascination with these classic serial killers seems to grow by the day. American Serial Killers includes both perennial "favorites" (Ed Kemper, Jeffrey Dahmer) and many fascinating lesser-known killers such as Melvin Rees, Harvey Glatman and Danny Rolling.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Vro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Mark A. Bradley
Description: The shocking assassination of a major rival to UMWA president Tony Boyle catalyzed groundbreaking reform in the coal mining industry. In the early hours of New Year's Eve 1969, in a soft-coal mining borough in Pennsylvania, longtime trade union insider Joseph "Jock" Yablonski and his wife and daughter were brutally murdered in their old stone farmhouse. Seven months earlier, Yablonski had announced his campaign to oust the corrupt president of the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA), Tony Boyle. Boyle had long embezzled UMWA funds, silenced intra-union dissent, and served the interests of Big Coal companies. He was enraged about his opponent's bid to take over. A portrait of one of the nation's major unions on the brink of historical change, this book sheds light on the far-reaching effects of industrial and socioeconomic change that unfold across America to this day.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Michael Wallace Nest, Deanna Reder, Eric Bell
Description: A small team uncovers new evidence and exposes police failure in one of the North's most enduring missing persons cases. Missing persons. Double murder? Métis leader James Brady was one of the most famous Indigenous activists in Canada. A communist, strategist, and bibliophile, he led Métis and First Nations to rebel against government and church oppression. Brady's success made politicians and clergy fear him; he had enemies everywhere. In 1967, while prospecting in Saskatchewan with Cree Band Councillor and fellow activist, Absolom Halkett, both men vanished from their remote lakeside camp. For 50 years rumours swirled of secret mining interests, political intrigue, and murder. This is the story of how a small team, with the help of the Indigenous community, exposed police failure in the original investigation, discovered new clues and testimony, and gathered the pieces of the North's most enduring missing persons puzzle. -- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.2336 Nes
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Nicole Laporte
Description: An exposé of the Varsity Blues scandal reveals how an unscrupulous college counselor named Rick Singer preyed on the desperation of wealthy, upper class, insecure parents who sought to have their children admitted to elite colleges to maintain their own social status.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Jason Dearen
Description: Two pharmacists sit in a Boston courtroom accused of murder. The weapon: the fungus Exserohilum rostratum. The death count: 100 and rising. Kill Shot is the story of their hubris and fraud, discovered by a team of medical detectives who raced against the clock to hunt the killers and the fungal meningitis they'd unleashed. A true crime story of America's deadliest drug contamination outbreak and the greed and deception that fueled it.
Call Number: 616.82 Dea
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Russell Shorto
Description: Family secrets emerge as the author dives into the history of the mob in small-town America. Johnstown, Pennsylvania is where "Little Joe" Regino and Russ Shorto build a local gambling empire on the earnings of factory workers for whom placing a bet--on a horse or pool game, pinball or "tip seal"--is their best shot at the American dream. Decades later, Russell Shorto grew up knowing that his grandfather was a small-town mobster, but kept an unspoken family vow of silence. Then a distant cousin prodded him to tell the story of Shorto's search for his namesake, the world of the small-town mob, an intricate web that spanned midcentury America, stitching together cities from Yonkers to Fresno. Smalltime is also deeply personal, as the author's ailing father, Tony, becomes his partner in piecing together their patriarch's troubled past.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1092 Sho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Jamie Thompson
Description: On July 7, 2016, hundreds of protesters gathered in Dallas after the shooting of two black men--Philando Castile and Alton Sterling--by white policemen. One hundred Dallas police officers stood guard. As a gunman opened fire into the line of officers from behind, five were killed and a dozen more injured. Senior Cpl. Larry Gordon, a black twenty-one year department veteran, managed to keep the shooter talking, in part by bonding with him, to buy the SWAT officers enough time to come up with a strategy to take him out--one that was extremely controversial and unprecedented on American soil. Thompson's portrait of the lives of the shooter and the hostage negotiator, as well as the officers, the black surgeon who operated on them, and their families, gets to the heart of the deeply pressing issue of race and policing in our country. In the aftermath of the shooting, police forces and white and black communities all over the country were left grappling with questions of who our police force protects, what constitutes a threat, and who is entitled to physical safety or self-defense in this country.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Rosa Brooks
Description: "A radical inside examination of policing in modern America, from a Georgetown University law professor turned reserve police officer"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.2 Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Sonia Faleiro
Description: The girls' names were Padma and Lalli, but they were so inseparable that people in the village called them Padma Lalli. Sixteen-year-old Padma sparked and burned. Fourteen-year-old Lalli was an incorrigible romantic. The cousins grew up in Katra Sadatganj, a village in western Uttar Pradesh crammed into less than one square mile of land. It was out in the fields, in the middle of mango season, that the rumors started. Then one night in the summer of 2014 the girls went missing; and hours later they were found hanging in the orchard. Who they were, and what had happened to them, was already less important than what their disappearance meant to the people left behind. The investigation into their deaths would implode everything that their small community held to be true, and instigate a national conversation about sex and violence. Slipping deftly behind political maneuvering, caste systems, and codes of honor in a village in northern India, The Good Girls returns to the scene of Padma and Lalli's short lives and shameful deaths, and dares to ask: What is the human cost of shame?-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Fal
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
John E. Douglas
Description: A legendary FBI criminal profiler presents a case that goes to the heart of extremism and domestic terrorism, examining his chilling pursuit of, and eventual prison confrontation with Joseph Paul Franklin, a White Nationalist serial killer.
Call Number: 364.1523 Dou
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Gerry Spence
Description: The search for justice for a Lakota Sioux man wrongfully charged with murder, told here by his trial lawyer, Gerry Spence. This is the untold story of Collins Catch the Bear, a Lakota Sioux, who was wrongfully charged with the murder of a white man in 1982 at an AIM encampment in the Black Hills in South Dakota. Though Collins was innocent, he took the fall for the actual killer, a man placed in the camp with the intention of compromising the reputation of AIM. This story reveals the struggle of the American Indian people in their attempt to survive in a white world, on land that was stolen from them. We live with Collins and see the beauty that was his, but that was lost over the course of his short lifetime. Today justice still struggles to be heard, not only in this case but many like it in the American Indian nations.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 978.004 Spe
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Tyler Maroney
Description: An examination of the world of private investigators by a 21st-century private eye. Today's world is complicated: companies are becoming more powerful than nations, the lines between public and corporate institutions grow murkier, and the internet is shredding our privacy. People everywhere--rich and not so rich, in business and in their personal lives--are turning away from traditional police, lawyers, and government regulators toward a new champion: the private investigator. As a private investigator, Tyler Maroney has traveled the globe, overseeing sensitive investigations and untying complicated cases for a wide array of clients. Each of the investigations Maroney explores in this book highlights an individual case and the people involved in it, and in each account he explains how the transgressors were caught and what lessons can be learned from it. All of the various clients hired private investigators to solve problems the authorities either can't or won't touch. In an era when it's both easier and more difficult than ever to disappear after a crime is committed, it's the modern detective people are turning to for help, for revenge, and for justice.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 658.472 Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Lois Johnson
Description: The author describes the life-altering tragedy she experienced as a teen, when her cousin was murdered in a robbery gone wrong and explains why she needed to meet one of the killers thirty years later at his parole hearing.
Call Number: 364.1523 Joh
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Larry Loftis
Description: Chronicles the extraordinary life of OSS spy Aline Griffith, who performed deep-cover intelligence missions during and after World War II throughout the upper echelons of European politics and society.
Call Number: 940.5486 Lof
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Ben Machell
Description: The true story of a modern-day Robin Hood: a British college student who started robbing banks in the aftermath of the financial crisis. When the global financial crisis of 2007 hit, British college student Stephen Jackley decided to become a bank robber, stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Against all likelihood, his plan actually worked. Jackley used disguises, elaborate escape routes, and fake guns to hold up a string of banks, making off with thousands of pounds. He committed ten robberies in Southwest England over a six-month period. After Jackley successfully hid his loot high up in the trees of nearby parks, bank notes marked "RH"--For Robin Hood--began finding their way into the hands of the homeless. The police, despite their concerted efforts, had no idea what was going on or who was responsible. Jackley's ambition got the better of him and he was eventually extradited from a U.S. prison after an arrest on American soil, and sent back to Britain. Woven throughout the narrative are entries from Jackley's diaries, lending an intense intimacy and urgency to the story and shedding light on Stephen's mental state and the challenges he faced in his own mind and beyond.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1552 Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Anthony M. Amore
Description: The life and crimes of heiress-turned-revolutionary Rose Dugdale, who in 1974 became the only woman to pull off a major art heist. -- From statement at Amazon.com.
Call Number: 364.162 Amo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Ellen McGarrahan
Description: "In 1990, Ellen McGarrahan was a young reporter for the Miami Herald when she covered the execution of Jesse Tafero, a man convicted of murdering two police officers. When it later emerged that Tafero may not have committed the murders, McGarrahan became haunted by that grisly execution--and appalled by her unquestioning acceptance of the state's version of events. Decades later, in the midst of her successful career as a private investigator, McGarrahan finally decides to find out the truth of what really happened. Her investigation takes her back to Florida, where she combs through court files and interviews everyone involved in the case, in. She plunges back into the Miami of the 1960s and 1970s, where gangsters and kingpins and beautiful women inhabit a dangerous world of nightclubs, speed boats, and drug cartels. Violence is everywhere. The murdered police officers, she discovers, are only one part of the picture. But even as McGarrahan circles closer to the truth, the story of guilt and innocence becomes more complex. She gradually discovers that she hasn't been alone in her search for closure, because whenever a human life is forcibly taken--by bullet, or by electric chair--the reckoning is long and difficult. Both a gripping true-crime narrative and a fascinating glimpse into the life of a private investigator, Two Truths and a Lie is ultimately a profound meditation on grief and complicity"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 McG
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Becky Cooper
Description: "1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb the unruly spectacle of student protest the winter that Harvard University would begin the tumultuous process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school and the year that Jane Britton, an ambitious 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe Vice President J. Boyd Britton, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge, Massachusetts apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper a curious undergrad, will hear the first whispers of the story. In the first telling the body was nameless. The story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her in the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that unfolds, one that Cooper will follow for ten years, is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims. WE KEEP THE DEAD CLOSE is a memoir of mirrors, misogyny, and murder. It is at once a rumination on the violence and oppression that rules our revered institutions, a ghost story reflecting one young woman's past onto another's present, and a love story for a girl who was lost to history"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1523 Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
Justin Fenton
Description: Baltimore, 2015. Riots were erupting across the city as citizens demanded justice for Freddie Gray, a twenty-five-year old black man who had died while in police custody. At the same time, drug and violent crime were surging, and that year, Baltimore would reach its deadliest year in over two decades: 342 homicides in a city of six hundred thousand people. Under intense scrutiny--and a federal investigation over Gray's death--the Baltimore police department turned to Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, and his elite unit, the Gun Trace Task Force, to help get guns and drugs off the street. Despite intense scrutiny, startling police corruption scandals unfolded. Entrusted with fixing the city's drug crisis, Jenkins and his posse of corrupt cops were instead stealing from its citizens--skimming from the drug busts they made, pocketing thousands in cash found in private homes, and planting fake evidence to throw Internal Affairs off their scent. Their brazen crime spree would go unchecked for years, and would result in countless wrongful convictions, the death of an innocent person--and the mysterious death of one implicated cop, who was shot in the head just one day before he was scheduled to testify against the Force. Justin Fenton reports on this rogue police unit and the American city they held hostage.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 364.1323 Fen
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 26, 2021
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A Brotherhood Betrayed : The Man Behind The Rise And Fall Of Murder, Inc.
Michael Cannell
364.106 Can
The Killer's Shadow : The Fbi's Hunt For A White Supremacist Serial Killer
John E. Douglas
364.1523 Dou
American Serial Killers : The Epidemic Years 1950-2000
Peter Vronsky
364.1523 Vro
The Martyrdom Of Collins Catch The Bear
Gerry Spence
978.004 Spe
Blood Runs Coal : The Yablonski Murders And The Battle For The United Mine Workers Of America
Mark A. Bradley
364.1523 Bra
The Modern Detective : How Corporate Intelligence Is Reshaping The World
Tyler Maroney
658.472 Mar
Cold Case North : The Search For James Brady And Absolom Halkett
Michael Wallace Nest, Deanna Reder, Eric Bell
363.2336 Nes
The Officer's Daughter : A Memoir Of Family And Forgiveness
Lois Johnson
364.1523 Joh
Guilty Admissions : The Bribes, Favors, And Phonies Behind The College Cheating Scandal
Nicole Laporte
The Princess Spy : The True Story Of World War Ii Spy Aline Griffith, Countess Of Romanones
Larry Loftis
940.5486 Lof
Kill Shot : A Shadow Industry, A Deadly Disease
Jason Dearen
616.82 Dea
The Unusual Suspect : The Rise And Fall Of A Modern-day Outlaw
Ben Machell
364.1552 Mac
Smalltime : A Story Of My Family And The Mob
Russell Shorto
364.1092 Sho
The Woman Who Stole Vermeer : The True Story Of Rose Dugdale And The Russborough House Art Heist
Anthony M. Amore
364.162 Amo
Standoff : Race, Policing, And A Deadly Assault That Gripped A Nation
Jamie Thompson
364.1523 Tho
Two Truths And A Lie : A Murder, A Private Investigator, And Her Search For Justice
Ellen McGarrahan
364.1523 McG
Tangled Up In Blue : Policing The American City
Rosa Brooks
363.2 Bro
We Keep The Dead Close : A Murder At Harvard And A Half Century Of Silence
Becky Cooper
364.1523 Coo
The Good Girls : An Ordinary Killing
Sonia Faleiro
364.1523 Fal
We Own This City : A True Story Of Crime, Cops, And Corruption
Justin Fenton
364.1323 Fen