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Interview: John Lee Brook, Author of ‘Blood + Death: The Secret History of Santa Muerte and the Mexican Drug Cartels’

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The psychological make-up of gangbangers fascinates me. Why do they do the things they do? And how do they keep doing them? I mean, how do they justify atrocities? Read More »

Book Review: Armando ‘Chunky’ Ibarra – ‘Loyalty and Betrayal,’ An Inside Look at the Mexican Mafia (La Eme)

Armando 'Chunky' Ibarra's true crime memoir.

The book walks a fine line between self-incrimination and gritty details. Ibarra knows how to show without "telling." The story ripples with gunfire and credibility. It inspires deeper thought, since the profitability of drugs is what drives gang motivations. Read More »

True Crime Book Review: ‘ Blood + Death: The Secret History of Santa Muerte and the Mexican Drug Cartels’ by John Lee Brock

Blood and Death

An unflinching look at the Mexican cartels. Read More »

Interview: Linda DeFruscio, Author of ‘Cornered: Dr. Richard J. Sharpe As I Knew Him’

"My decision to remain friends with Richard Sharpe impacted my life in ways that were unimaginable to me at the time."

"I think it is fascinating to see the many varieties of responses to a dilemma people can have based on the way their brains work." Read More »

TV Review: ‘Fargo’ – FX’s New Unmissable Scripted Series

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FX's unmissable "Fargo": Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman star in the fabulous new scripted cable series. Read More »

Book Review: ‘True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries and Murders’ by Dina Di Mambro


Hollywood Babylon true-life tales of murder that deserve to be re-told. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Dare I Call It Murder?’ by Larry M. Edwards


A family tragedy, and a mystery. Read More »

Book Review: Angels Gate by Andrew J. Rafkin and Louis Pagano

A great tale of dope and money smuggling during the early '80s. Read More »

Book Review: Gods of Mischief: My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang by George Rowe

A wild tale of life undercover in the Vagos motorcycle gang. Read More »

Book Review: Wanted: Gentleman Bank Robber by Dane Batty

This chronicle of one of the country's most elusive criminals is very entertaining, but lacks reflection and analysis. Read More »