Theater of CrueltyBy Jeffrey Stanley
Close on the heels of reading Deborah Blums The Poisoners Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York (Penguin, 2010), comes Douglas Perrys true crime history The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago, which turned out to be a welcome companion piece.
Daddy, Who's Grover Cleveland?By Jeffrey Stanley
The phrase Gilded Age started as a satirical term co-coined by Mark Twain and co-opted from Shakespeare in 1873. It was an apt description of the post-Civil War United States.
Forget It, Santiago, It's ChinatownBy Jeffrey Stanley
Not quite a detective story, Adam Dunns tech-noir novel lives up to its front-cover claim that its a mile a minute page-turner.
Exquisite CorpsesBy Jeffrey Stanley
What lay in front of us was a headless body; fully clothed, but headless. Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to pull back the top of the body bag to see what other injuries this poor individual had sustained. Resting between his knees lay his motorbike helmet Wheres his head? I asked.
Holey Logic, BatmanBy Jeffrey Stanley
Richard Poplaks quick-witted survey of U.S. pop culture throughout the core of the Muslim world functions as a meaty, detail-laden addendum to Lipstick Traces, Greil Marcuss famed pop culture book.