• Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    ISBN: 9781509867325
    Title: Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    Author: STAPLETON SUSANNAH


    'If you are susceptible to Miss Marple and Harriet Vane you must read The Adventures of Maud West. You will never know the difference between fact and fiction again.' - Jill Paton Walsh, author of the Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane mysteries.


    Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having started sleuthing on behalf of society's finest in 1905. Her exploits grabbed headlines throughout the world but, beneath the public persona, she was forced to hide vital aspects of her own identity in order to thrive in a class-obsessed and male-dominated world. And - as Susannah Stapleton reveals - she was a most unreliable witness to her own life.


    Who was Maud? And what was the reality of being a female private detective in the Golden Age of Crime?


    Interweaving tales from Maud West's own 'casebook' with social history and extensive original research, Stapleton investigates the stories Maud West told about herself in a quest to uncover the truth.


    With walk-on parts by Dr Crippen and Dorothy L. Sayers, Parisian gangsters and Continental blackmailers, The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective is both a portrait of a woman ahead of her time and a deliciously salacious glimpse into the underbelly of 'good society' during the first half of the twentieth century.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Arsonist: a Mind on Fire
    Arsonist: a Mind on Fire
    ISBN: 9781760895242
    Title: Arsonist: a Mind on Fire
    Author: HOOPER CHLOE

    On the scorching February day in 2009 that became known as Black Saturday, a man lit two fires in Victoria's Latrobe Valley, then sat on the roof of his house to watch the inferno. In the Valley, where the rates of crime were the highest in the state, more than thirty people were known to police as firebugs. But the detectives soon found themselves on the trail of a man they didn't know.

    The Arsonist takes readers on the hunt for this man, and inside the strange puzzle of his mind. It is also the story of fire in this country, and of a community that owed its existence to that very element. The command of fire has defined and sustained us as a species - understanding its abuse will define our future.

    A powerful real-life thriller written with Hooper's trademark lyric detail and nuance, The Arsonist is a reminder that in an age of fire, all of us are gatekeepers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • Becoming a Private Investigator
    Becoming a Private Investigator
    ISBN: 9781982103989
    Title: Becoming a Private Investigator
    Author: KAHN HOWIE

    A fascinating guide to a career as a private investigator written by award-winning journalist Howie Kahn and based on the real-life experiences of an expert in the field--essential reading for someone considering a path to this profession.Journalist Howie Kahn follows a private investigator in the field to offer us a behind-the-scenes, entertaining, and practical look at how it's done and what it takes to pursue a path to this alluring profession.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Before & After
    Before & After
    ISBN: 9781529406344
    Title: Before & After
    Author: WINGATE LISA & CHRISTIE JUDY

    From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a corrupt baby business at the Tennessee Children's Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents - hiding the fact that many weren't orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.The publication of Lisa Wingate's novel BEFORE WE WERE YOURS brought new awareness of Tann's child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who document the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families. BEFORE AND AFTER includes moving and shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. In BEFORE AND AFTER, Wingate and Christie tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace brothers, sisters, and cousins.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, & Redemption
    Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, & Redemption
    ISBN: 9781408711910
    Title: Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, & Redemption
    Author: MEZRICH BEN

    From Ben Mezrich, the New York Times bestselling author of The Accidental Billionaires and Bringing Down the House, comes Bitcoin Billionaires - the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.

    Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding - and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and legal foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook - and the first great book from the world of bitcoin.

    Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money for fear of alienating Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into a shady character who tells them about a brand new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize "crypto" is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There's nothing left to do but make a bet.

    From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission to the Facebook boardroom, Bitcoin Billionaires will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26th, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here's the story of how they got there - as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA & the Secret History of the Sixties
    Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA & the Secret History of the Sixties
    ISBN: 9781785152085
    Title: Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA & the Secret History of the Sixties
    Author: O'NEILL TOM & PIEPENBRING DAN

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    A journalist's twenty-year obsession with the Manson murders leads to shocking new conspiracy theories about the FBI's involvement in this fascinating re-evaluation of one of the most infamous cases in American history.

    In 1999, when Tom O'Neill was assigned a magazine piece about the thirtieth anniversary of the Manson murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Weren't the facts indisputable? Charles Manson had ordered his teenage followers to commit seven brutal murders, and in his thrall, they'd gladly complied. But when O'Neill began reporting the story, he kept finding holes in the prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's narrative, long enshrined in the bestselling Helter Skelter. Before long, O'Neill had questions about everything from the motive to the manhunt. Though he'd never considered himself a conspiracy theorist, the Manson murders swallowed the next two decades of his career. He was obsessed.

    Searching but never speculative, CHAOS follows O'Neill's twenty-year effort to rebut the 'official' story behind Manson. Who were his real friends in Hollywood, and how far would they go to hide their ties? Why didn't law enforcement act on their many chances to stop him? And how did he turn a group of peaceful hippies into remorseless killers? O'Neill's hunt for answers leads him from reclusive celebrities to seasoned spies, from the Summer of Love to the shadowy sites of the CIA's mind-control experiments, on a trail rife with cover-ups and coincidences.

    Featuring hundreds of new interviews and dozens of never-before-seen documents from the LAPD, the FBI and the CIA, CHAOS mounts an argument that could be, according to Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Stephen Kay, strong enough to overturn the verdicts on the Manson murders. In those two dark nights in Los Angeles, O'Neill finds the story of California in the sixties- when charlatans mixed with prodigies, free love was as possible as brainwashing, and utopia-or dystopia-was just an acid trip away.
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    'Riveting ... Sensational revelations ... True crime fans will be enthralled.'PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Chasing the Scream: The First & Last Days of the War on Drugs
    Chasing the Scream: The First & Last Days of the War on Drugs
    ISBN: 9781526608369
    Title: Chasing the Scream: The First & Last Days of the War on Drugs
    Author: HARI JOHANN

    NOW WITH A NEW AFTERWORD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND THE SOURCE OF THE VIRAL TED TALK'Screamingly addictive' STEPHEN FRY'Superb ... Thrilling story-telling' NAOMI KLEIN'A powerful contribution to an urgent debate' GUARDIANWhat if everything we've been told about addiction is wrong? One of Johann Hari's earliest memories is of trying to wake up one of his relatives and not being able to. As he grew older, he realised there was addiction in his family. Confused, he set out on a three-year, thirty-thousand mile journey to discover what really causes addiction - and how to solve it. Told through a series of gripping human stories, this book was the basis of a TED talk and animation that have been viewed more than twenty million times. It has transformed the global debate about addiction.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    ISBN: 9780143790570
    Title: City of Devils: The Two Men Who Ruled the Underworld of Old Shanghai
    Author: FRENCH PAUL

    1930s Shanghai could give Chicago a run for its money. In the years before the Japanese invaded, the city was a haven for outlaws from all over the world- a place where pasts could be forgotten, fascism and communism outrun, names invented, fortunes made - and lost.
    'Lucky' Jack Riley was the most notorious of those outlaws. An ex-Navy boxing champion, he escaped from prison in the States, spotted a craze for gambling and rose to become the Slot King of Shanghai. Ruler of the clubs in that day was 'Dapper' Joe Farren - a Jewish boy who fled Vienna's ghetto with a dream of dance halls. His chorus lines rivalled Ziegfeld's and his name was in lights above the city's biggest casino.
    In 1940 they bestrode the Shanghai Badlands like kings, while all around the Solitary Island was poverty, starvation and genocide. They thought they ruled Shanghai; but the city had other ideas. This is the story of their rise to power, their downfall, and the trail of destruction they left in their wake. Shanghai was their playground for a flickering few years, a city where for a fleeting moment even the wildest dreams seemed possible.
    In the vein of true crime books whose real brilliance is the recreation of a time and place, this is impeccably researched narrative non-fiction told with superb energy and brio, as if James Ellroy had stumbled into a Shanghai cathouse.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underground
    Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underground
    ISBN: 9781760554279
    Title: Corporation: An Epic Story of the Cuban American Underground
    Author: ENGLISH T J

    By the mid 1980s, the criminal underworld in the United States had become an ethnic polyglot; one of the most powerful illicit organizations was none other than the Cuban mob. Known on both sides of the law as "the Corporation," the Cuban mob’s power stemmed from a criminal culture embedded in south Florida’s exile community—those who had been chased from the island by Castro’s revolution and planned to overthrow the Marxist dictator and reclaim their nation.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Criminal: The Truth About Why People do Bad Things
    Criminal: The Truth About Why People do Bad Things
    ISBN: 9780241960431
    Title: Criminal: The Truth About Why People do Bad Things
    Author: GASH TOM

    There are two myths about crime. In one, the criminal act is a selfish choice, and tough punishment the only solution. In the other, the system is at fault, and perpetrators will change only when society reforms. Both these narratives are wrong. Interweaving conversations and stories of crime with findings from the latest research, Tom Gash dispels the myths that inform our views of crime, from the widespread misconception that poverty causes crime, to the belief that tough sentencing reduces it. He examines the origins of criminal behaviour, the ebb and flow of crime across the last century, and the effectiveness of various government crack-downs - and in doing so reveals that crime is both less rational and much easier to reduce than many believe. Can we suspend our knee-jerk reactions, let go of cherished myths and embrace the truth about crime?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, & the Strangling of a City
    Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, & the Strangling of a City
    ISBN: 9780316506830
    Title: Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, & the Strangling of a City
    Author: DAWSON KATE WINKLER

    A real-life thriller in the vein of The Devil in the White City, Kate Winkler Dawson's debut Death in the Air is a gripping, historical narrative of a serial killer, an environmental disaster, and an iconic city struggling to regain its footing.

    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. Day became night, mass transit ground to a halt, criminals roamed the streets, and some 12,000 people died from the poisonous air. But in the chaotic aftermath, another killer was stalking the streets, using the fog as a cloak for his crimes.

    All across London, women were going missing--poor women, forgotten women. Their disappearances caused little alarm, but each of them had one thing in common: they had the misfortune of meeting a quiet, unassuming man, John Reginald Christie, who invited them back to his decrepit Notting Hill flat during that dark winter. They never left.

    The eventual arrest of the "Beast of Rillington Place" caused a media frenzy: were there more bodies buried in the walls, 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, possibly innocent, man was sent to the gallows?

    The Great Smog of 1952 remains the deadliest air pollution disaster in world history, and John Reginald Christie is still one of the most unfathomable serial killers of modern times. 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.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

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  • Defending the Guilty: Truth & Lies in the Criminal Courtroom
    Defending the Guilty: Truth & Lies in the Criminal Courtroom
    ISBN: 9780141042725
    Title: Defending the Guilty: Truth & Lies in the Criminal Courtroom
    Author: MCBRIDE ALEX

    Every day, criminal barrister Alex McBride stands up in court and attempts to save people from conviction, prison, even a lifetime behind bars. Sometimes it’s a hopeless case. Sometimes he has the chance to right a wrong. But mostly his clients are just plain guilty.In Defending the Guilty, McBride takes us behind the scenes of Britain’s criminal justice system. He introduces us to its extraordinary characters and arcane eccentricities, and tells astonishing stories of courtroom triumph and defeat. Whether he’s defending hapless teenagers at Harlow Youth Court or prosecuting gold bullion robbers at the Old Bailey, these hair-raising tales reveal that justice rarely operates in quite the way we expect. Throughout, McBride grapples with that most important of questions: how do we ensure that the guilty are convicted and the innocent walk free?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Devil's Grip
    Devil's Grip
    ISBN: 9781760851187
    Title: Devil's Grip
    Author: DRINNAN NEAL

    'Wake in Fright' meets 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil' in this darkly compelling and provocative Australian true crime story.
    Seven shots ring out in the silence of Victoria's rolling Barrabool Hills. As the final recoil echoes through the paddocks, a revered sheep-breeding dynasty comes to a bloody and inglorious end.
    No one could have anticipated the orgy of violence that wiped out three generations of the Wettenhall family, much less the lurid scandals about Darcy Wettenhall, the man behind the world famous Stanbury sheep stud, that would emerge from the aftermath. Almost three decades later, the web of secrets and lies that led to this bizarre and seemingly motiveless murder spree are unravelled with the help of Bob Perry, Darcy Wettenhall's secret lover for a decade prior to his murder.
    From the bucolic majesty, privilege and snobbery of the Western District's prized pastoral lands and dynasties to the bleak, loveless underworld of orphanages, rodeo stables and homeless shelters, 'The Devil's Grip' is a courageous and thought-provoking meditation on the fragility of reputation, the folly of deception and the power of shame.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief
    Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief
    ISBN: 9781472270535
    Title: Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief
    Author: PAYNE DORIS DORIS & LOCKHART ZELDA


    "Doris Payne is an unapologetic badass." - Tessa Thompson, Actress

    This is the sensational and compelling memoir of the world's most notorious jewel thief - a woman who defied society's prejudices and norms to carve her own path, and live out her dreams.


    She stole diamonds from the people who underestimated her, she exploited the men who tried to domesticate her, and she consistently defied society's assumptions and prejudices to create a new life for herself. For fans of Catch Me If You Can, The Wolf of Wall Street and Molly's Game, this is the newest must-read crime autobiography.


    Growing up during the Depression in the segregated coal town of Slab Fork, West Virginia, Doris Payne was told her dreams were unattainable for poor black girls like her. Surrounded by people who sought to limit her potential, Doris vowed to turn the tables and neither racism nor poverty would hold her back.


    Using her southern charm, quick wit, and light fingers as her tools, Payne began shoplifting small pieces of jewellery from local stores. Over the course of six decades, her talents grew with each heist. Becoming an expert world-class jewel thief, she daringly pulled off numerous diamond robberies whilst her boyfriend fenced the stolen gems to Hollywood celebrities.


    A rip-roaringly fun and exciting story as captivating and audacious as Ocean's 8 and as honest and compelling as Hidden Figures - Diamond Doris is the portrait of a captivating anti-hero who refused to be defined by the prejudices and mores of a hypocritical society.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Dopeworld: Undercover in the Secret War on Drugs
    Dopeworld: Undercover in the Secret War on Drugs
    ISBN: 9781529378023
    Title: Dopeworld: Undercover in the Secret War on Drugs
    Author: VOROBYOV NIKO


    Welcome to Dopeworld.


    Ecstasy in London, crack in Los Angeles, LSD in Tokyo, heroin in Sofia, cocaine in Medellin, bounty hunting in Manilla, opium in Tehran.


    Get ready for your next fix.
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    Dopeworld is a bold and intoxicating journey into the world of drugs. From the cocaine farms in South America to the streets of Manila, we trace the emergence of psychoactive substances and our intimate relationship with them. With unparalleled access to drug lords, cartel leaders, street dealers and government officials, Niko Vorobyov attempts to shine a light on the dark underbelly drug world.


    At once a bold piece of reportage and a hugely entertaining and perverse travelogue, Dopeworld reveals how drug use is at the heart of our history, our lives, and our world.
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    With echoes of Gomorrah and Fear and Loathing in Last Vegas, Dopeworld is a brilliant and enlightening journey across the world, examining every angle of the drug war.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Fact of a Body: a Gripping True Crime Murder Investigation
    Fact of a Body: a Gripping True Crime Murder Investigation
    ISBN: 9781509805648
    Title: Fact of a Body: a Gripping True Crime Murder Investigation
    Author: MARZANO-LESNEVICH ALEXANDRIA

    'One of the best books I've read this year. Just astounding.' - Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train.Law student Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, working on a retrial for death-row convicted murderer and child molester, Ricky Langley, finds herself thrust into the tangled story of his childhood. As she examines the minute details of Ricky's case, she is forced to face her own history, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and to reckon with how her own past colours her view of his crime.When Alexandria begins a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana, and sees Ricky's face flash on the screen as she reviews old tapes, and hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction, she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances, something in his story is unsettlingly, uncannily familiar.As enthralling as true-crime classics such as In Cold Blood and Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and broadcast phenomena such as The Keepers, Making a Murderer and Serial, The Fact of a Body is a groundbreaking, heart-stopping investigation into how the law is personal, composed of individual stories and proof that arriving at the truth is more complicated, and powerful, than we could ever imagine.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, & the Natural History Heist of the Century
    Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, & the Natural History Heist of the Century
    ISBN: 9780099510666
    Title: Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, & the Natural History Heist of the Century
    Author: JOHNSON KIRK WALLACE


    'A tale of obsession ... vivid and arresting' - The Times


    One summer evening in 2009, twenty-year-old musical prodigy Edwin Rist broke into theNatural History Museum at Tring, home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world. Once inside, Rist grabbed as many rare bird specimens as he was able to carry before escaping into the darkness.


    Kirk Wallace Johnson was waist-deep in a river in New Mexico when his fly-fishing guide first told him about the heist. But what would possess a person to steal dead birds? And had Rist paid for his crime? In search of answers, Johnson embarked upon a worldwide investigation, leading him into the fiercely secretive underground community obsessed with the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying.


    Was Edwin Rist a genius or narcissist? Mastermind or pawn?



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Firepower: the Most Spectacular Fraud in Australian History
    Firepower: the Most Spectacular Fraud in Australian History
    ISBN: 9781741753554
    Title: Firepower: the Most Spectacular Fraud in Australian History
    Author: RYLE GERARD

    This is thescandalous tale of one of the greatest business scams in Australian business historythe controversial fuel pill, Firepower. A magic pill that cuts fuel consumption and reduces emissionsthat was the miracle promised by Tim Johnston's company, Firepower. Everyone believed him: prime ministers and presidents, doctors and diplomats, business leaders and sporting heroes. Millions of shares were sold to investors, and by 2007, Firepower had become the biggest sporting sponsor in the countrybut it was all a sham. In this compelling account, Gerard Ryle demolishes the fairytale, exposing a wobbly financial pyramid and the greatest fraud ever committed in Australia. Tim Johnston divided his people into Oranges and Lemons. Those who didn't know him enough yet, he called Oranges. They thought he was nice and sweet and juicy. But those who really got to know him became Lemons: he left them bitter and twisted."

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
    Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
    ISBN: 9781784162344
    Title: Five The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
    Author: RUBENHOLD HALLIE

    Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction

    Five devastating human stories and a dark and moving portrait of Victorian London--the untold lives of the women killed by Jack the Ripper.

    Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden, and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffee houses, lived on country estates, they breathed ink-dust from printing presses and escaped people-traffickers.

    What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women.

    For more than a century, newspapers have been keen to tell us that "the Ripper" preyed on prostitutes. Not only is this untrue, as historian Hallie Rubenhold has discovered, it has prevented the real stories of these fascinating women from being told. Now, in this devastating narrative of five lives, Rubenhold finally sets the record straight, revealing a world not just of Dickens and Queen Victoria, but of poverty, homelessness and rampant misogyny. They died because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time--but their greatest misfortune was to be born a woman.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
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  • Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime
    Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime
    ISBN: 9781781251706
    Title: Forensics: the Anatomy of Crime
    Author: MCDERMID VAL

    The dead talk. To the right listener, they tell us all about themselves: where they came from, how they lived, how they died - and who killed them. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help justice to be done using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene or the faintest of human traces. Forensics draws on interviews with top-level professionals, ground-breaking research and Val McDermid's own experience to lay bare the secrets of this fascinating science. And, along the way, she wonders at how maggots collected from a corpse can help determine time of death, how a DNA trace a millionth the size of a grain of salt can be used to convict a killer and how a team of young Argentine scientists led by a maverick American anthropologist uncovered the victims of a genocide. In her novels, McDermid has been solving complex crimes and confronting unimaginable evil for years. Now, she's looking at the people who do it for real. It's a journey that will take her to war zones, fire scenes and autopsy suites, and bring her into contact with extraordinary bravery and wickedness, as she traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
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  • Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud & the Last Trial of Harper Lee
    Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud & the Last Trial of Harper Lee
    ISBN: 9781785150746
    Title: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud & the Last Trial of Harper Lee
    Author: CEP CASEY


    'A triumph on every level. One of the losses to literature is that Harper Lee never found a way to tell a gothic true-crime story she'd spent years researching. Casey Cep has excavated this mesmerizing story and tells it with grace and insight and a fierce fidelity to the truth.'
    DAVID GRANN, author of Killers of the Flower Moon
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    The stunning story of an Alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that Harper Lee worked on obsessively in the years after To Kill a Mockingbird

    Reverend Willie Maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. 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. Despite hundreds of witnesses, Maxwell's murderer was acquitted - thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the Reverend.


    As Alabama is consumed by these gripping events, it's not long until news of the case reaches Alabama's - and America's - most famous writer. Intrigued by the story, Harper Lee makes a journey back to her home state to witness the Reverend's killer face trial. Harper had the idea of writing her own In Cold Blood, the true-crime classic she had helped her friend Truman Capote research. Lee spent a year in town reporting on the Maxwell case and many more years trying to finish the book she called The Reverend.


    Now Casey Cep brings this story to life, from the shocking murders to the courtroom drama to the racial politics of the Deep South. 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.

    This is the story Harper Lee wanted to write. This is the story of why she couldn't.
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    'Fascinating... Cep has spliced together a Southern-gothic tale of multiple murder and the unhappy story of Lee's literary career, to produce a tale that is engrossing in its detail and deeply poignant... [Cep] spends the first third of Furious Hours following the jaw-droppingtrail of murders ... Engrossing... Cep writes about all this with great skill, sensitivity and attention to detail.'
    Sunday Times


    'It's been a long time since I picked up a book so impossible to put down. Furious Hours made me forget dinner, ignore incoming calls, and stay up reading into the small hours. It's a work of literary and legal detection as gripping as a thriller. But it's also a meditation on motive and mystery, the curious workings of history, hope, and ambition, justice, and the darkest matters of life and death. Casey Cep's investigation into an infamous Southern murder trial and Harper Lee's quest to write about it is a beautiful, sobering, and sometimes chilling triumph.'
    HELEN MACDONALD, author of H is for Hawk



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Greatest Heist Stories Ever Told
    Greatest Heist Stories Ever Told
    ISBN: 9781493039982
    Title: Greatest Heist Stories Ever Told
    Author: MCCARTHY TOM (EDITOR)

    Crime does pay. At least for a while. You'll see that quickly in these nine compelling and true stories of brilliant plans and guile. The thieves awaiting you seem to have it all. They are clever, cool, and determined with icy resolve. It took a lot of guts and nerves of steel to do what they did and not fold under the pressure. After all, if those hard-wrought plans had failed, they would have had plenty of time to think about what went wrong in prison. Hijack an airplane, demand a ransom and two parachutes, then disappear? Invent a device that allows you to record the combination of any bank vault, then break into bank vaults twice? Steal from a secret mob depository run by a boss known for his brutality? Rob a small-town bank in midday and ride off without a second thought? Piece of cake. The Greatest Heists Stories Ever Told will allow readers to appreciate the efforts that go into a truly magnificent heist. It is a celebration of stunning, well-planned and audacious capers that left police and armies of investigators looking for answers and scratching their heads. Among the stories included are: -The Lufthansa Heist -The Northfield Bank Robbery -The Last Good Heist -Hijack DB Cooper's Great Escape -and many others

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
    Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
    ISBN: 9781982120504
    Title: Green River, Running Red: The Real Story of the Green River Killer--America's Deadliest Serial Murderer
    Author: RULE ANN

    In 1982, the body of Wendy Coffield is discovered floating near the sandy shore of Washington’s Green River. Authorities have no idea that this tragic and violent death is only the beginning of a string of murders that will rock and terrify the Seattle area for two decades.

    With her signature riveting prose and in-depth research, Ann Rule takes us behind the scenes of the search for the Green River Killer, a terrifying specter who ritualistically killed young women and eluded authorities for years. From seeking the help of incarcerated serial killer Ted Bundy to Ann Rule’s horrifying realization that the killer she was writing about had attended her book signings, Green River, Running Red is the suspenseful and unforgettable “definitive narrative of the brutal and senseless crimes that haunted the Seattle area for decades.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141045566
    Title: Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Author: THOMPSON HUNTER S

    The Hell's Angels erupted into 1960s America, paralysing whole towns with fear. Determined to discover the truth behind the terrifying reputation of these marauding biker gangs, Hunter S. Thompson spent a year on the road with the Angels, documenting his hair-raising experiences with Charger Charley, Big Frank, Little Jesus and The Gimp. Hell's Angels was the result: a masterpiece of underground reportage whose free-wheeling, impressionistic style created the legend of Gonzo journalism, and made Thompson's name as the wild man of American writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
    Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
    ISBN: 9781787461185
    Title: Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders
    Author: BUGLIOSI VINCENT & GENTRY CURT

    A national bestseller-over 7 million copies sold. "[A] social document of rare importance."-The New Republic.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets
    Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets
    ISBN: 9781782116301
    Title: Homicide: a Year on the Killing Streets
    Author: SIMON DAVID

    David Simon is an author, journalist, producer and script writer and is best known as the creator of HBO's Peabody Award-winning series The Wire. His first book, the international bestseller Homicide, won the Edgar Award and the Anthony Award and became the basis for the NBC award-winning drama. His second book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of An Inner-City Neighbourhood, co-authored with Edward Burns, was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Simon also co-created the HBO series Generation Kill with Ed Burns, and Treme with Eric Overmyer. He lives in Baltimore.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Honoured Society
    Honoured Society
    ISBN: 9781848871366
    Title: Honoured Society
    Author: RESKI PETRA

    In 2007, six men were shot dead in cold blood outside a pizzeria in the North German town of Duisburg. Journalist and Mafia expert Petra Reski took this massacre as the launch pad for for a stunning and dangerous investigation into mafias that would bring her into contact with crooked priests and bent politicians, heroic victims and widowed campaigners, and mafia traitors grinding out lives in police-protected fortresses. Vividly and beautifully told, often deeply shocking and disturbing, The Honoured Society is the true story of one woman's personal journey to the dark and blackened soul of the Mafia.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Hunt for MH370
    Hunt for MH370
    ISBN: 9781760783068
    Title: Hunt for MH370
    Author: HIGGINS EAN

    Somewhere out in the wild seas of the southern Indian Ocean, in the underwater canyons of Broken Ridge near the alien sub-terrain known as the Seventh Arc lies the answer to the world's greatest aviation mystery.Why, on the night of 8 March 2014, did Malaysia Flight MH370 suddenly U-turn on the trip from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, zig-zag over Malaysia and up the Straits of Malacca, then disappear in the middle of nowhere without a word from anyone on board?Was it an elaborate murder-suicide by a rogue pilot? A terrible accident as a result of an on-board fire, rapid decompression or systems failure? A terrorist hijacking gone wrong? Was the flight captured by North Korean spies? Or even, as a few extremists believe, the victim of extra-terrestrial intervention?Journalist for The Australian Ean Higgins has led the world's coverage of the MH370 saga, one of the 21st century's most baffling, enduring and controversial mysteries.Ean's book draws on five years of interviews with aviation experts, victim families, air-crash investigators and air and ocean hunters, and takes us inside the saga like never before, written up close, on the inside, and from the major player's perspectives.This book will be released to coincide with the fifth anniversary of MH370's final flight.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Hunting el Chapo: Taking down the World's Most-Wanted Drug-lord
    Hunting el Chapo: Taking down the World's Most-Wanted Drug-lord
    ISBN: 9780008245856
    Title: Hunting el Chapo: Taking down the World's Most-Wanted Drug-lord
    Author: HOGAN ANDREW & MERRELL COLE & CENTURY DOUGLAS

    This is the untold story of the American federal agent who captured the world's most-wanted drug-lord. Every generation has its larger-than-life criminal legend living beyond the reach of the law: Billy the Kid, Al Capone, Ronnie Biggs, Pablo Escobar. But for every one of these criminals, there's a Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett or Slipper of the Yard. For Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman-Loera a.k.a. 'El Chapo' ? the 21st century's most notorious criminal ? that man is D.E.A. Special Agent Cole Merrell. This is the incredible story of Merrell's seven-year-long chase to capture El Chapo, a multibillionaire drug-lord and escape-artist posing as a Mexican Robin Hood, who in reality was a brutal sociopath responsible for the murders of thousands. His greedy campaign to take over his rivals' territories resulted in an unprecedented war with a body count of over 100,000. We follow Merrell on his quest to achieve the seemingly impossible: to cross the border into Mexico and arrest El Chapo, the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a billionaire and Public Enemy No. 1, who had been evading capture for more than a decade and had earned a reputation for being utterly untouchable. This intimate thriller tells how Merrell single-mindedly and methodically climbed the ladder within the hierarchy of the Sinaloa Cartel ? the world's wealthiest and most powerful drug-trafficking organization ? by creating one of the most sophisticated undercover operations in the history of the D.E.A. From infiltrating Chapo's inner circle to leading a white-knuckle manhunt with an elite brigade of Mexican Marines, Merrell left no stone unturned in his hunt for the world's most powerful drug kingpin.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal-Meth Addiction
    Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal-Meth Addiction
    ISBN: 9781925106848
    Title: Ice Age: A Journey into Crystal-Meth Addiction
    Author: WILLIAMS LUKE

    Luke Williams is an Australian journalist. He has previously worked as a reporter and broadcaster at ABC radio. His written work has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, the Brisbane Times, Crikey, The Global Mail, The Weekend Australian and Eureka Street. In 2013 he was nominated for a Human Rights Media Award for a long-form investigative piece in The Global Mail, and in 2014 his article on ice addiction, 'Life as a Crystal Meth Addict', was a finalist in the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141038391
    Title: In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    Author: CAPOTE TRUMAN

    Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story of Kansas farmer Herb Clutter, his family and the two young killers who brutally murdered them. In Cold Blood created a genre of novelistic non-fiction and made Capote's name with its unflinching portrayal of a comprehensible and thoroughly human evil.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Jane: a Murder
    Jane: a Murder
    ISBN: 9781932360714
    Title: Jane: a Murder
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE

    A new entry in Soft Skull's ShortLit series, Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson's aunt Jane. Though officially unsolved, Jane's murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders near the University of Michigan in the late 1960s. Nelson was born a few years after Jane's death, and the narrative is suffused with the long shadow her aunt's murder cast over both the family and her psyche. Through a collage of poetry, prose, dream accounts, and documentary sources - including fragments from Jane's own diaries - the book explores the nature of this haunting incident and raises deeper questions about girlhood, empathy, identification, and the essentially unknowable aspects of another's life and death. Part elegy, part memoir, part detective story, part meditation on violence, and part conversation between the living and the dead, Jane's powerful and disturbing subject matter, combined with its innovations in genre, expands the notion of what poetry can do, what kinds of stories it can tell, and how it can tell them.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Jane: A Murder
    Jane: A Murder
    ISBN: 9781593766580
    Title: Jane: A Murder
    Author: NELSON MAGGIE


    Jane tells the spectral story of the life and death of Maggie Nelson's aunt Jane, who was murdered in 1969 while a first-year law student at the University of Michigan. Though officially unsolved, Jane's murder was apparently the third in a series of seven brutal rape-murders in the area between 1967 and 1969. Nelson was born a few years after Jane's death, and the narrative is suffused with the long shadow her murder cast over both the family and her psyche.


    Jane explores the nature of this haunting incident via a collage of poetry, prose, dream-accounts, and documentary sources, including local and national newspapers, related "true crime" books such as The Michigan Murders and Killer Among Us, and fragments from Jane's own diaries written when she was 13 and 21. Its eight sections cover Jane's childhood and early adulthood, her murder and its investigation, the direct and diffuse effect of her death on Nelson's girlhood and sisterhood, and a trip to Michigan Nelson took with her mother (Jane's sister) to retrace the path of Jane's final hours.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder
    Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder
    ISBN: 9780522873597
    Title: Killer Instinct: Having a Mind for Murder
    Author: GRANT DONALD

    Forensic psychiatrist Donald Grant asks what it is about murder that fascinates us. Is it a chill whisper of
    fear reminding us we too can kill?


    Grant describes ten true murder cases, each different, each complex, each with unique triggers. Fact leaves fiction for dead. For those directly affected, murder is a sombre and scarring event. For most of us, murder is an arm's length experience, close enough to frighten and fascinate yet far enough not to traumatise.


    Grant proposes that our restless chatter about it, our state of heightened alert, our endless viewing, may be play therapy, reassuring us that our own killer instinct is under control.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI
    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI
    ISBN: 9780857209030
    Title: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders & the Birth of the FBI
    Author: GRANN DAVID

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST

    A New York Times Notable Book

    SHELF AWARENESS'S BEST BOOK OF 2017

    Named a best book of the year by
    Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, GQ, Time, Newsday, Entertainment Weekly, Time Magazine, NPR's Maureen Corrigan, NPR's "On Point," Vogue, Smithsonian, Cosmopolitan, Seattle Times, Bloomberg, Lit Hub's "Ultimate Best Books," Library Journal, Paste, Kirkus, Slate.com and Book Browse

    From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of The Lost City of Z, a twisting, haunting true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history

    In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
    Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. One of her relatives was shot. Another was poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances, and many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered.
    As the death toll rose, the newly created FBI took up the case, and the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to try to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including a Native American agent who infiltrated the region, and together with the Osage began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00

    $27.00
  • Killing Pablo
    Killing Pablo
    ISBN: 9781786490711
    Title: Killing Pablo
    Author: BOWDEN MARK

    The bestselling blockbusting story of how American Special Forces hunted down and assassinated the head of the world's biggest cocaine cartel.

    Now the subject of the hit Netflix series Narcos.
    A tour de force of investigative journalism, Killing Pablo tells the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar's criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death.

    In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the covert sixteen-month manhunt that was led by US Special Forces and intelligence services. With unprecedented access to important players - including Colombian president Cisar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the special police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez - as well as top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar's intercepted phone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Lapd '53
    Lapd '53
    ISBN: 9781419715853
    Title: Lapd '53
    Author: ELLROY JAMES

    An award-winning crime writer teams up with the Los Angeles Police Museum to present a gripping narrative of crime and law enforcement during 1953 in the city of tarnished angels.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Last King of the Cross
    Last King of the Cross
    ISBN: 9781760559861
    Title: Last King of the Cross
    Author: IBRAHIM JOHN

    John Ibrahim's incredible life story told in his own words.Last King of the Cross lays bare Australia's most notorious underworld figure.In the mongrel tongue of the streets, John writes of fleeing war-torn Tripoli with his family and growing up in Sydney's rough and tumble west - before establishing himself as a tough guy and teen delinquent, then a bouncer, enforcer and nightclub king on the Golden Mile.Bullets fly, blades flash and bodies fall. In a city of shadows, John builds his army and empire - partying like a playboy prince of darkness while staying one step ahead of the cops, the outlaw gangs and hungry triggermen, plotting to take him and his family down.Crazier than Goodfellas, more compelling than The Godfather, Last King of the Cross is a colourful crime saga like no other and powerful proof that truth is always stranger than fiction.SHORTLISTED FOR THE DANGER PRIZE 2018

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Life of Crime
    Life of Crime
    ISBN: 9780008267483
    Title: Life of Crime
    Author: OGNALL HARRY

    A frank and witty memoir of life at the Bar and on the Bench, from former High Court Judge The Hon. Sir Harry Ognall. For many years, Harry Ognall enjoyed a formidable reputation as an advocate at the criminal Bar. As counsel, and later as judge, he was involved in numerous high-profile trials, both in Britain and abroad. Among many cases as a QC, he prosecuted Peter Sutcliffe, the so-called 'Yorkshire Ripper'. He successfully defended six officers of the Air Force of Zimbabwe at their trial in Harare, where they faced a charge of treasonable sabotage.As a judge, he presided over the trial of Colin Stagg (the alleged 'Wimbledon Common murderer'), the trial arising from the Lyme Bay canoe tragedy and the trial for the first time in the United Kingdom of a doctor's alleged involvement in euthanasia. Thoughtful and provocative, Sir Harry has advice for the aspiring young advocate, and invests this penetrating memoir with warmth, humour and understanding. His frank portrait of a lifetime in the criminal law offers unique perspectives on some of the most notorious cases of the twentieth century, as well as fascinating insights into a colourful professional life and the burdens and responsibilities that come with the privilege of high judicial office.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Manhunters: How We Took down Pablo Escobar, the World's Most Wanted Criminal
    Manhunters: How We Took down Pablo Escobar, the World's Most Wanted Criminal
    ISBN: 9781760853228
    Title: Manhunters: How We Took down Pablo Escobar, the World's Most Wanted Criminal
    Author: MURPHY STEVE


    The explosive memoir of legendary DEA agents and the subject of the hit Netflix series Narcos, Steve Murphy and Javier F. Pe a


    In the decades they spent at the DEA, Javier Pe a and Steve Murphy risked their lives hunting large and small drug traffickers. But their biggest challenge was the hunt for Pablo Escobar in Colombia. The partners, who began their careers as small-town cops, have been immortalized in Netflix's Narcos, a fictional account of their hunt for Escobar. Now, for the first time ever, they tell the real story of how they brought down the world's first narco-terrorist, the challenges they faced, and the innovative strategies they employed to successfully end the reign of terror of the world's most wanted criminal.


    Readers will go deep inside the inner workings of the Search Bloc, the joint Colombian-US task force that resulted in an intensive 18-month operation that tracked Escobar. Between July 1992 and December 1993, Steve and Javier lived on the edge, setting up camp in Medellin at the Carlos Holguin Military Academy. There, they lived and worked with the Colombian authorities, hunting down a man who was thought by many to be untouchable. Their firsthand experience coupled with stories from the DEA's recently de-classified files on the search for Escobar forms the beating heart of Manhunters, an epic account of how two American agents risked everything to capture the world's most wanted man.



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
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