Journalist kate winkler dawson braids these strands together into a taut, compulsively readable true crime thriller about a man who changed the fate of the death penalty in the UK, and an environmental catastrophe with implications that still echo today. London was still recovering from the devastation of World War II when another disaster hit: for five long days in December 1952, a killer smog held the city firmly in its grip and refused to let go.
Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City #ad - All across london, women were going missing--poor women, forgotten women. The eventual arrest of the "beast of rillington place" caused a media frenzy: were there more bodies buried in the walls, possibly innocent, man was sent to the gallows? The Great Smog of 1952 remains the deadliest air pollution disaster in world history, under the floorboards, in the back garden of this house of horrors? Was it the fog that had caused Christie to suddenly snap? And what role had he played in the notorious double murder that had happened in that same apartment building not three years before--a murder for which another, and John Reginald Christie is still one of the most unfathomable serial killers of modern times.
A real-life thriller in the vein of the devil in the white City, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut Death in the Air is a gripping, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing.
Black Dahlia, Red Rose: The Crime, Corruption, and Cover-Up of America's Greatest Unsolved MurderLiveright #ad - In a groundbreaking feat of detection hailed as “extensive” and “convincing” Bustle, skilled legal sleuth Piu Eatwell cracks the case after seventy years, rescuing Short from tabloid fodder to reveal the woman behind the headlines. Drawing on recently unredacted fbi and lapd files and exclusive interviews, Black Dahlia, Red Rose is a gripping panorama of noir-tinged 1940s Hollywood and a definitive account of one of the biggest unsolved murders of American legal history.
. A juicy page turner. Capturing both the allure and the perils of the dream factory that promised riches and fame. New york times book reviewthe gruesome 1947 murder of hopeful starlet Elizabeth Short holds a permanent place in American lore as one of our most inscrutable true-crime mysteries.
The Last StoneAtlantic Monthly Press #ad - Then, in 2013, a cold case squad detective found something he and a generation of detectives had missed. On march 29, vanished from a shopping mall in suburban Washington, DC As shock spread, 1975, sisters Katherine and Sheila Lyons, ages ten and twelve, then grief, a massive police effort found nothing.
How do you get a compulsive liar with every reason in the world to lie to tell the truth? The Last Stone recounts a masterpiece of criminal interrogation, and delivers a chilling and unprecedented look inside a disturbing criminal mind. The acclaimed author of black hawk down and hue 1968 had been a cub reporter for a Baltimore newspaper at the time of the original disappearance, and covered the frantic first weeks of the story.
The Last Stone #ad - The true story of a cold case, a compulsive liar, and five determined detectives, from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author and “master journalist” The Wall Street Journal. In the last stone, he returns to write its ending. One of our best writers of muscular nonfiction. The denver post “Deeply unsettling .
. . But in the story of an unimaginably horrific crime, it’s the detectives’ unwavering determination to bring Welch to justice that offers a glimmer of hope on a long, dark journey. Time.
The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer MysteryScribner #ad - But most incidents went almost unnoticed outside the communities in which they occurred. Few people believed the crimes were related. When celebrated true crime expert Bill James first learned about these horrors, he began to investigate others that might fit the same pattern. Applying the same know-how he brings to his legendary baseball analysis, he empirically determined which crimes were committed by the same person.
Some of these cases—like the infamous Villisca, Iowa, murders—received national attention. Then after sifting through thousands of local newspapers, and public records, court transcripts, he and his daughter Rachel made an astonishing discovery: they learned the true identity of this monstrous criminal and uncovered one of the deadliest serial killers in America.
The Man from the Train: The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery #ad - A beautifully written and extraordinarily researched narrative…This is no pure whodunit, but rather a how-many-did-he-do” Buffalo News. James shows how these cultural factors enabled such an unspeakable series of crimes to occur, and his groundbreaking approach to true crime will convince skeptics, amaze aficionados, and change the way we view criminal history.
An edgar award finalist for best fact crime, this “impressive…open-eyed investigative inquiry wrapped within a cultural history of rural America” The Wall Street Journal shows legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applying his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.
Between 1898 and 1912, families across the country were bludgeoned in their sleep with the blunt side of an axe. And fewer still would realize that all of these families lived within walking distance to a train station. A suspenseful historical account” publishers weekly, the man from the Train paints a vivid, psychologically perceptive portrait of America at the dawn of the twentieth century, starred review, when crime was regarded as a local problem, and opportunistic private detectives exploited a dysfunctional judicial system.
The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing DynastySt. Martin's Press #ad - State and local authorities, along with the FBI personally spearheaded by its director J. All the while, ad’s grief-stricken wife and children waited, tormented by the unrelenting silence. On the back seat lay handcuffs and leg irons. At a bridge he stopped to help a man in a yellow Mercury sedan. What they'd soon realize was that they had more to lose than they could have imagined.
On the morning of tuesday, february 9, adolph “ad” coors iii, 1960, the 44-year-old CEO of the multimillion dollar Colorado beer empire, stepped into his car and headed for the brewery twelve miles away. The dragnet spanned a continent. His coat pocket shielded a loaded pistol. What happened next set off the largest U.
The Death of an Heir: Adolph Coors III and the Murder That Rocked an American Brewing Dynasty #ad - S. Edgar hoover, burst into action attempting to locate Ad and his kidnapper. The death of an heir is philip jett's chilling true account of the Coors family’s gilded American dream that turned into a nightmare when a meticulously plotted kidnapping went horribly wrong. In the 1950s and 60s, colorado, the Coors dynasty reigned over Golden, seemingly invincible.
Manhunt since the Lindbergh kidnapping. When rumblings about labor unions threatened to destabilize the family's brewery, Adolph Coors, Jr.
The Darkest Places: Unsolved Mysteries, True Crimes, and Harrowing Disasters in the WildFalcon Guides #ad - Longtime readers have come to understand that Outside’s true gift is in chronicling misadventure. The darkest places chronicles mysterious disappearances, and deadly disasters, unsolved murders, taking us to far-flung places no sane person would want to go.
The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth CenturyMulholland Books #ad - White was forty-seven and a principal in the prominent architectural firm McKim, Mead & White. As the foremost architect of his day, he was a celebrity, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan. From new york times bestselling author Simon Baatz, the first comprehensive account of the murder that shocked the world.
Most americans agreed with thaw that he had been justified in killing White, but the district attorney expected to send him to the electric chair. Nesbit, just sixteen years old, had recently moved to the city. The girl on the velvet swing, excess, and danger, is an immersive, a tale of glamour, fascinating look at an America dominated by men of outsize fortunes and by the women who were their victims.
The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century #ad - That evening, after drinking champagne, Nesbit lost consciousness and awoke to find herself naked in bed with White. Thaw, shot and killed white in 1906 before hundreds of theatergoers during a performance in Madison Square Garden, thirsting for revenge, a building that White had designed. The trial was a sensation that gripped the nation.
In 1901 evelyn nesbit, a chorus girl in the musical Florodora, dined alone with the architect Stanford White in his townhouse on 24th Street in New York. The murder of white cast a long shadow: Harry Thaw later attempted suicide, and Evelyn Nesbit struggled for many years to escape an addiction to cocaine.
Telltale spots of blood on the bed sheets told her that White had raped her.
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the WorldPublicAffairs #ad - It also created the true "lost generation. Drawing on the latest research in history, epidemiology, psychology and economics, virology, Pale Rider masterfully recounts the little-known catastrophe that forever changed humanity. But despite a death toll of between 50 and 100 million people, it exists in our memory as an afterthought to World War I.
In this gripping narrative history, Laura Spinney traces the overlooked pandemic to reveal how the virus travelled across the globe, exposing mankind's vulnerability and putting our ingenuity to the test. As socially significant as both world wars, the Spanish flu dramatically disrupted--and often permanently altered--global politics, while spurring innovation in medicine, race relations and family structures, religion and the arts.
Pale Rider: The Spanish Flu of 1918 and How It Changed the World #ad - It infected a third of the people on earth--from the poorest immigrants of New York City to the king of Spain, Franz Kafka, Mahatma Gandhi and Woodrow Wilson. In 1918, the italian-americans of new york, the yupik of alaska and the Persians of Mashed had almost nothing in common except for a virus--one that triggered the worst pandemic of modern times and had a decisive effect on the history of the twentieth century.
The spanish flu of 1918-1920 was one of the greatest human disasters of all time. It was partly responsible, spinney argues, for pushing India to independence, South Africa to apartheid and Switzerland to the brink of civil war.
Siege: Trump Under FireHenry Holt and Co. #ad - No longer tempered by experienced advisers, he is more impulsive and volatile than ever. Trump, is certain he is invincible, meanwhile, making him all the more exposed and vulnerable. Week by week, the question that lies at the heart of his tenure becomes ever more urgent: Will this most abnormal of presidencies at last reach the breaking point and implode?Both a riveting narrative and a brilliant front-lines report, as Trump becomes increasingly erratic, Siege provides an alarming and indelible portrait of a president like no other.
Michael wolff, author of the bombshell bestseller Fire and Fury, once again takes us inside the Trump presidency to reveal a White House under siege. Just one year into donald trump’s term as president, Michael Wolff told the electrifying story of a White House consumed by controversy, chaos, and intense rivalries.
Surrounded by enemies and blind to his peril, Trump is a raging, self-destructive inferno—and the most divisive leader in American history. But the wheels of justice are inexorably turning: Robert Mueller’s “witch hunt” haunts Trump every day, and other federal prosecutors are taking a deep dive into his business affairs.
Siege: Trump Under Fire #ad - Many in the political establishment—even some members of his own administration—have turned on him and are dedicated to bringing him down. The democrats see victory at the polls, and perhaps impeachment, in front of them. Fire and fury, an instant sensation, in siege, defined the first phase of the Trump administration; now, Wolff has written an equally essential and explosive book about a presidency that is under fire from almost every side.
At the outset of trump’s second year as president, his situation is profoundly different.
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper LeeKnopf #ad - Lee spent a year in town reporting, and many more years working on her own version of the case. Now casey cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. Sitting in the audience during the vigilante’s trial was harper Lee, who had traveled from New York City to her native Alabama with the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research seventeen years earlier.
Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell’s murderer was acquitted—thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend. At the same time, she offers a deeply moving portrait of one of the country’s most beloved writers and her struggle with fame, success, and the mystery of artistic creativity.
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee #ad - . With the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. If to kill a mockingbird was one of your favorite books growing up, you should add Furious Hours to your reading list today. Southern living reverend willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s.
. At once a true-crime thriller, courtroom drama, and miniature biography of Harper Lee. New york times best Seller “Compelling.
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing LandLiveright #ad - Ace reporter” entertainment weekly monica Hesse spent years investigating the story, emerging with breathtaking portraits of the arsonists—troubled addict Charlie Smith and his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. And by the dozen they were burning. One of the year’s best and most unusual true-crime books” Christian Science Monitor, American Fire brings to vivid life the reeling county of Accomack.
Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. Masterful. Washington postthe arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn’t stop for months. Weaving the story into the history of arson in the united States, the critically acclaimed American Fire re-creates the anguished nights this quiet county lit up in flames, evoking a microcosm of rural America—a land half-gutted before the fires began.
One of npr's best books of 2017a new york times book review Notable Book of the Year“A brisk, captivating and expertly crafted reconstruction of a community living through a time of fear. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Accomack was desolate—there were hundreds of abandoned buildings.
American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land #ad - Night after night, regarding each other at first with compassion, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, and later suspicion. Tracing the shift in their relationship from true love to crime spree, Hesse also conjures the once-thriving coastal community, decimated by a punishing economy and increasingly suspicious of their neighbors as the culprits remained at large.