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The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
by John Grisham

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English

Pages

458

Publication Date

March 09, 2010

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<p><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • John Grisham’s first work of nonfiction: a true crime story that will terrify anyone who believes in the presumption of innocence.</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY SERIES</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>“Both an American tragedy and [Grisham’s] strongest legal thriller yet, all the more gripping because it happens to be true.”—<i>Entertainment Weekly</i></b><br /> <br />In the town of Ada, Oklahoma, Ron Williamson was going to be the next Mickey Mantle. But on his way to the Big Leagues, Ron stumbled, his dreams broken by drinking, drugs, and women. Then, on a winter night in 1982, not far from Ron’s home, a young cocktail waitress named Debra Sue Carter was savagely murdered. The investigation led nowhere. Until, on the flimsiest evidence, it led to Ron Williamson. The washed-up small-town hero was charged, tried, and sentenced to death—in a trial littered with lying witnesses and tainted evidence that would shatter a man’s already broken life, and let a true killer go free.<br /> <br />Impeccably researched, grippingly told, filled with eleventh-hour drama, <i>The Innocent Man</i> reads like a page-turning legal thriller. It is a book no American can afford to miss.<br /> <br /><b>Praise for <i>The Innocent Man</i></b><br /> <br />“Grisham has crafted a legal thriller every bit as suspenseful and fast-paced as his bestselling fiction.”<b>—<i>The</i> <i>Boston Globe</i></b><br /> <br />“A gritty, harrowing true-crime story.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><i> </i><br />“A triumph.”<b><i>—The Seattle Times</i></b><br /><br /><b>BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from John Grisham’s <i>The Litigators.</i></b></p>
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
by Bryan Stevenson

Language

English

Pages

354

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<b><b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • <b>A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time<br /><br />SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX</b><br /><br /><b>Named one of the Best Books of the Year by <i>The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Boston Globe • The Seattle Times • Esquire • Time</i></b><br /></b></b><br /> Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever.<br /><br /> <i>Just Mercy </i>is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.<br /><br /><b>Winner of the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction • Winner of the NAACP Image Award for Nonfiction • Winner of a Books for a Better Life Award • Finalist for the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> Book Prize • Finalist for the <i>Kirkus Reviews </i>Prize • An American Library Association Notable Book</b><br /><br />“Every bit as moving as <i>To Kill a Mockingbird, </i>and in some ways more so . . . a searing indictment of American criminal justice and a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”<b>—David Cole, <i>The New York Review of Books</i></b><br /><br /> “Searing, moving . . . Bryan Stevenson may, indeed, be America’s Mandela.”<b>—Nicholas Kristof, <i>The New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> “You don’t have to read too long to start cheering for this man. . . . The message of this book . . . is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made. <i>Just Mercy</i> will make you upset and it will make you hopeful.”<b>—Ted Conover, <i>The New York Times Book Review </i></b><br /><br /> “Inspiring . . . a work of style, substance and clarity . . . Stevenson is not only a great lawyer, he’s also a gifted writer and storyteller.”<b>—<i>The Washington Post</i></b><br /><br /> “As deeply moving, poignant and powerful a book as has been, and maybe ever can be, written about the death penalty.”<b><i>—The Financial Times</i></b><br /><br /> “Brilliant.”<b><i>—The Philadelphia Inquirer</i></b><br /><br /> “Not since Atticus Finch has a fearless and committed lawyer made such a difference in the American South. Though larger than life, Atticus exists only in fiction. Bryan Stevenson, however, is very much alive and doing God’s work fighting for the poor, the oppressed, the voiceless, the vulnerable, the outcast, and those with no hope. <i>Just Mercy</i> is his inspiring and powerful story.”<b>—John Grisham</b><br /><br /> “Bryan Stevenson is one of my personal heroes, perhaps the most inspiring and influential crusader for justice alive today, and <i>Just Mercy</i> is extraordinary. The stories told within these pages hold the potential to transform what we think we mean when we talk about justice.”<b>—Michelle Alexander, author of <i>The New Jim Crow</i></b>
The Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murders That Shoc...
by , William J. Martin

Language

English

Pages

576

Publication Date

May 10, 2016

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The story behind the attack that shocked a nation and opened a new chapter in the history of American crime.<BR><BR>On July 14th, 1966, Richard Franklin Speck swept through several student nurses’ townhouse like a summer tornado and changed the landscape of American crime. He broke in as his helpless victims slept, bound them one by one, and then stabbed, assaulted, and strangled all eight in a sadistic sexual frenzy. By morning, only one young nurse had miraculously survived. The killer was captured in seventy-two hours; he was successfully prosecuted in an error-free trial that stood up to appellate scrutiny; and the jury needed only forty-nine minutes to return a death verdict.<BR><BR>Here is the story of Richard Speck by the prosecutor who put him in prison for life with a brand new introduction by Bill Kunkle, the prosecutor of the infamous John Wayne Gacy Jr. In <I>The Crime of the Century</I>, William J. Martin has teamed up with Dennis L. Breo to re-create the blood-soaked night that made American criminal history, offering fascinating behind-the-scenes descriptions of Speck, his innocent victims, the desperate manhunt and massive investigation, and the trial that led to Speck’s successful conviction.
Man-Eater: The Terrifying True Story of Cannibal Killer Katherine...
by Ryan Green

Language

English

Pages

124

Publication Date

January 21, 2019

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On 29th February 2000, John Price took out a restraining order against his girlfriend, Katherine Knight. Later that day, he told his co-workers that she had stabbed him and if he were ever to go missing, it was because Knight had killed him. <br /><br />The next day, Price didn’t show up for work.<br /><br />A co-worker was sent to check on him. They found a bloody handprint by the front door and they immediately contacted the police. The local police force was not prepared for the chilling scene they were about to encounter.<br /><br />Price’s body was found in a chair, legs crossed, with a bottle of lemonade under his arm. He’d been decapitated and skinned. The “skin-suit” was hanging from a meat hook in the living room and his head was found in the kitchen, in a pot of vegetables that was still warm. There were two plates on the dining table, each had the name of one of Price's children on it. <br /><br />She was attempting to serve his body parts to his children.<br /><br /><i>Man-Eater</i> is a dramatic and gripping account of the first women in Australia to be given a life sentence without parole and a special addendum ‘never to be released’. Ryan Green’s riveting narrative draws the reader into the real-live horror experienced by the victim and has all the elements of a classic thriller.<br /><br /><h6>CAUTION: This book contains descriptive accounts of abuse and violence. If you are especially sensitive to this material, it might be advisable not to read any further</h6>
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander

Language

English

Pages

338

Publication Date

January 16, 2012

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<div>Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. <i>The New Jim Crow</i> is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."<br /><br />Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the <i>Daily Kos</i>, "explosive" by <i>Kirkus</i>, and "profoundly necessary" by the <i>Miami Herald</i>, this updated and revised paperback edition of <i>The New Jim Crow</i>, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.</div>
American Prison: A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Busines...
by Shane Bauer

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b><b><i>New York Times Book Review</i> 10 Best Books of 2018<br /><br />One of President Barack Obama’s favorite books of 2018</b><br /><br />A <i>New York Times</i> Notable Book <br /><br />A ground-breaking and brave inside reckoning with the nexus of prison and profit in America: in one Louisiana prison and over the course of our country's history.</b><br /><br />In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; there was no meaningful background check. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award and became the most-read feature in the history of the magazine <i>Mother Jones.</i> Still, there was much more that he needed to say. In <i>American Prison</i>, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War. For, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration without understanding where it came from. Private prisons became entrenched in the South as part of a systemic effort to keep the African-American labor force in place in the aftermath of slavery, and the echoes of these shameful origins are with us still.<br /><br />The private prison system is deliberately unaccountable to public scrutiny. Private prisons are not incentivized to tend to the health of their inmates, or to feed them well, or to attract and retain a highly-trained prison staff. Though Bauer befriends some of his colleagues and sympathizes with their plight, the chronic dysfunction of their lives only adds to the prison's sense of chaos. To his horror, Bauer finds himself becoming crueler and more aggressive the longer he works in the prison, and he is far from alone. <br /><br />A blistering indictment of the private prison system, and the powerful forces that drive it, <i>American Prison </i>is a necessary human document about the true face of justice in America.
Black Dahlia Avenger: One of the Most Notorious Murders of the Tw...
by Steve Hodel

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English

Pages

594

Publication Date

February 03, 2015

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<DIV><B>The <I>New York Times</I>–bestselling reveal of the Black Dahlia killer</B><B>. “Completely convincing . . . As far as I’m concerned, the case is closed” (Michael Connelly).</B><BR />  <BR /> In 1947, the brutal slaying of twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short resulted in the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. The killer’s identity remained a mystery. Decades later, private investigator and former LAPD homicide detective Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the most tantalizing unsolved case of the last century. It led to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father. Next came an equally blindsiding discovery. The Black Dahlia was not a standalone crime. Between 1943 and 1949, the cold-case “Lone Woman” serial murders haunted the Southern California area. All of them, Hodel believes, committed again by a one real-life Jekyll and Hyde: Dr. George Hill Hodel.<BR />  <BR /> In <I>Black Dahlia Avenger</I>, Steve Hodel “paints a chilling, detailed, week-by-week, year-by-year portrait of his father as an intellectual giant driven to serial killing by his arrested emotional development, his hatred of women and his obsessions with money, power and sex” (<I>The Los Angeles Times</I>). Including never-before-published forensic evidence, photographs, previously unreleased documents, and the author’s own intimate perspective of a terrifying family psychodrama, Hodel “has written one of the most compelling true-crime books of all time . . . the most noir of noir stories” (<I>Seattle Weekly</I>).</DIV>
Mindhunter: Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
by , Mark Olshaker

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English

Pages

444

Publication Date

November 26, 1998

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<b>Now a Netflix original series</b><BR> <BR>Discover the classic, behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ twenty-five-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals.<BR><BR>In chilling detail, the legendary Mindhunter takes us behind the scenes of some of his most gruesome, fascinating, and challenging cases—and into the darkest recesses of our worst nightmares.<BR> <BR> During his twenty-five year career with the Investigative Support Unit, Special Agent John Douglas became a legendary figure in law enforcement, pursuing some of the most notorious and sadistic serial killers of our time: the man who hunted prostitutes for sport in the woods of Alaska, the Atlanta child murderer, and Seattle's Green River killer, the case that nearly cost Douglas his life.<BR> <BR> As the model for Jack Crawford in <i>The Silence of the Lambs</i>, Douglas has confronted, interviewed, and studied scores of serial killers and assassins, including Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, and Ed Gein, who dressed himself in his victims' peeled skin. Using his uncanny ability to become both predator and prey, Douglas examines each crime scene, reliving both the killer's and the victim's actions in his mind, creating their profiles, describing their habits, and predicting their next moves.
Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a...
by Ron Stallworth

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English

Pages

187

Publication Date

June 05, 2018

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<p><b>The <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller!</b><br /><b></b><br /><b>The extraordinary true story and basis for the Academy Award nominated film <i>BlacKkKlansman</i>, written and directed by Spike Lee, produced by Jordan Peele, and starring John David Washington and Adam Driver.</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a P.O. box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. He figures he’ll receive a few brochures in the mail, maybe even a magazine, and learn more about a growing terrorist threat in his community. </p><p>A few weeks later the office phone rings, and the caller asks Ron a question he thought he’d never have to answer, “Would you like to join our <i>cause</i>?” This is 1978, and the KKK is on the rise in the United States. Its Grand Wizard, David Duke, has made a name for himself, appearing on talk shows, and major magazine interviews preaching a “kinder” Klan that wants nothing more than to preserve a heritage, and to restore a nation to its former glory.</p><p>Ron answers the caller’s question that night with a yes, launching what is surely one of the most audacious, and incredible undercover investigations in history. Ron recruits his partner Chuck to play the "white" Ron Stallworth, while Stallworth himself conducts all subsequent phone conversations. During the months-long investigation, Stallworth sabotages cross burnings, exposes white supremacists in the military, and even befriends David Duke himself. </p><p><i>Black Klansman</i> is an amazing true story that reads like a crime thriller, and a searing portrait of a divided America and the extraordinary heroes who dare to fight back.</p>
Ghost: My Thirty Years as an FBI Undercover Agent
by , Ralph Pezzullo

Language

English

Pages

298

Publication Date

October 02, 2018

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<p><b>The explosive memoir of an FBI field operative who has worked more undercover cases than anyone in history.</b><br /><b></b><br />Within FBI field operative circles, groups of people known as “Special” by their titles alone, Michael R. McGowan is an outlier. 10% of FBI Special Agents are trained and certified to work undercover. A quarter of those agents have worked more than one undercover assignment in their careers. And of those, <i>less than 10% of them</i> have been involved in more than five undercover cases. Over the course of his career, McGowan has worked more than 50 undercover cases. </p><p>In this extraordinary and unprecedented book, McGowan will take readers through some of his biggest cases, from international drug busts, to the Russian and Italian mobs, to biker gangs and contract killers, to corrupt unions and SWAT work. <i>Ghost</i> is an unparalleled view into how the FBI, through the courage of its undercover Special Agents, nails the bad guys. McGowan infiltrates groups at home and abroad, assembles teams to create the myths he lives, concocts fake businesses, coordinates the busts, and helps carry out the arrests. Along the way, we meet his partners and colleagues at the FBI, who pull together for everything from bank jobs to the Boston Marathon bombing case, mafia dons, and, perhaps most significantly, El Chapo himself and his Sinaloa Cartel.</p><p><i>Ghost </i>is the ultimate insider's account of one of the most iconic institutions of American government, and a testament to the incredible work of the FBI.</p>

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