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  • Lucky Lucianoby William Donati

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2010; US$ 39.95

    Charley "Lucky" Luciano was instrumental to the development of the American Mafia and supervised the attempt to dominate prostitution1in New York City. Not surprisingly, he has been the subject of numerous biographies, exposes, and various works of urban folklore since his death in 1962. This book takes scholarship on Luciano to a new level,... more...

  • The Hanging of Angeliqueby Afua Cooper

    HarperCollins Canada 2011; US$ 15.99

    Writer, historian and poet Afua Cooper tells the astonishing story of Marie-Joseph Angélique, a slave woman convicted of starting a fire that destroyed a large part of Montréal in April 1734 and condemned to die a brutal death. In a powerful retelling of Angélique?s story -- now supported by archival illustrations -- Cooper builds on 15 years of research... more...

  • Kansas Charleyby Joan Jacobs Brumberg

    Argo-Navis 2012; US$ 9.99

    Most Americans regard ?kids who kill? as a modern phenomenon, but the tragic tale of ?Kansas Charley? shows that violent boys are a long-standing problem. Charles Miller was a seventeen?year?old orphan who was hanged in Wyoming in 1892 for a horrific double murder committed when he was only fifteen. This true story takes us into a world of poverty... more...

  • Serial Killersby Francesca Biagi-Chai

    Taylor and Francis 2013; US$ 42.99

    Francesca Biagi-Chai?s book ? a translation from the French of Le Cas Landru  ? tackles the issue of criminal responsibility in the case of serial killers, and other 'mad' people who are nonetheless deemed to be answerable before the law in most jurisdictions. The author, a Lacanian psychoanalyst and senior psychiatrist in France, with extensive... more...

  • The Cruel Cityby Stephen Orr

    Allen & Unwin 2011; US$ 19.99

    Why is it that Adelaide, a beautiful city of churches and lush gardens, a place renowned for its support of the arts and culture, has become better known as the epicenter of some of Australia's weirdest and most brutal crimes? One of its denizens seeks the answers in this fascinating investigation. Some crimes are so mysterious or ghastly that they... more...

  • Villainsby Paul Ferris; Reg McKay

    Black & White Publishing 2010; US$ 5.82

    Paul Ferris was one of Britain?s most feared gangsters for twenty-five years. Now, in Villains, Ferris reveals the real inside story of the villains he met and worked with, the common thugs and big-time players that surrounded him and the world of violence and fear he lived in every day of his life. In Glasgow, London and Manchester, Paul Ferris... more...

  • The Man Who Would Be Jackby David Bullock

    Biteback Publishing 2012; US$ 12.40

    London, 1891. Less than three weeks after the last Whitechapel murder, 25-year-old Thomas Cutbush is committed to Broadmoor for savage knife attacks on two girls. The arresting officer, Inspector William Race, intrigued by the wealth of connections with the infamous unsolved murders in the East End, starts to wonder whether he has, in fact, arrested... more...

  • Van Hoogstraten: Blood & Retributionby Don Jordan; Mike Walsh

    John Blake 2002; US$ 6.99

    Nicholas van Hoogstraten is a millionaire businessman whose ruthless exploits mean that his name is rarely out of the headlines. Most recently, and most shockingly, he has been found guilty of the manslaughter of a business associate who was shot in the head at point blank range. With a string of wicked deeds behind him, the tycoon has been branded... more...

  • The Making of Lee Boyd Malvoby Carmeta Albarus; Jonathan Mack

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 25.99

    In October of 2002, a series of sniper attacks paralyzed the Washington Beltway, turning normally placid gas stations, parking lots, restaurants, and school grounds into chaotic killing fields. After the spree, ten people were dead and several others wounded. The perpetrators were forty-one-year-old John Allen Muhammad and his seventeen-year-old protégé,... more...

  • Bindon: Fighter, Gangster, Lover - The True Story of John Bindon, a Modern Legendby Wensley Clarkson

    John Blake Publishing 2007; US$ 8.74

    John Bindon is a modern legend. A fine screen presence and a powerful figure in London's underworld, his film-star looks, charm and talent brought him worldwide exposure. His story reads like the plot of a movie which Big John himself might have landed a part in. Usually typecast in tough-guy roles, his on-screen persona was chillingly close to the... more...