• 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee & the Invention of Modern Forensics
    18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee & the Invention of Modern Forensics
    ISBN: 9781913068042
    Title: 18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee & the Invention of Modern Forensics
    Author: GOLDFARB BRUCE


    'For most of human history, sudden and unexpected deaths of a suspicious nature, when they were investigated at all, were examined by lay persons without any formal training. People often got away with murder. Modern forensic investigation originates with Frances Glessner Lee - a pivotal figure in police science.'


    Frances Glessner Lee (1878-1962), born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she became the mother of modern forensics and was instrumental in elevating homicide investigation to a scientific discipline.


    Frances Glessner Lee learned forensic science under the tutelage of pioneering medical examiner Magrath - he told her about his cases, gave her access to the autopsy room to observe post-mortems and taught her about poisons and patterns of injury. A voracious reader too, Lee acquired and read books on criminology and forensic science - eventually establishing the largest library of legal medicine.


    Lee went on to create The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death - a series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas depicting the facts of actual cases in exquisitely detailed miniature - and perhaps the thing she is most famous for. Celebrated by artists, miniaturists and scientists, the Nutshell Studies are a singularly unusual collection. They were first used as a teaching tool in homicide seminars at Harvard Medical School in the 1930s, and then in 1945 the homicide seminar for police detectives that is the longest-running and still the highest-regarded training of its kind in America. Both of which were established by the pioneering Lee.


    In 18 Tiny Deaths, Bruce Goldfarb will weave Lee's remarkable story with the advances in forensics made in her lifetime to tell the tale of the birth of modern forensics.



    Format: Trade paperback
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  • 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
    $25.00
  • 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: 9781509867301
    Title: Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective: Secrets & Lies in the Golden Age of Crime
    Author: STAPLETON SUSANNAH

    Maud West ran her detective agency in London for more than thirty years, having starting 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 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: Trade 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
    $35.00
  • 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
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  • Black Dahlia Red Rose
    Black Dahlia Red Rose
    ISBN: 9781473666344
    Title: Black Dahlia Red Rose
    Author: EATWELL PIU

    It's been 70 years since aspiring actress Elizabeth Short was brutally murdered in Hollywood. Now, author Eatwell reexamines the infamous Black Dahlia case and presents a new theory about the long-cold case that could make headlines.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
    $38.00
  • 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
    $25.00
  • 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 in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America
    Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America
    ISBN: 9780375725609
    Title: Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America
    Author: LARSON ERIK


    Soon to be a major film directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio


    The Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and its amazing 'White City' was one of the wonders of the world. This is the incredible story of its realization, and of the two men whose fates it linked: one was an architect, the other a serial killer.


    The architect was Daniel H. Burnham, the driving force behind the White City, the massive, visionary landscape of white buildings set in a wonderland of canals and gardens. The killer was H. H. Holmes, a handsome doctor with striking blue eyes. He used the attraction of the great fair - and his own devilish charms - to lure scores of young women to their deaths. While Burnham overcame politics, infighting, personality clashes and Chicago's infamous weather to transform the swamps of Jackson Park into the greatest show on Earth, Holmes built his own edifice just west of the fairground. He called it the World's Fair Hotel. In reality it was a torture palace, a gas chamber, a crematorium.


    These two disparate but driven men together with a remarkable supporting cast of colourful characters, including as Buffalo Bill, George Ferris, Thomas Edison and some of the 27 million others who converged on the dazzling spectacle of the White City, are brought to life in this mesmerizing, murderous tale of the legendary Fair that transformed America and set it on course for the twentieth century.



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  • 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 & 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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  • 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
    $24.00
  • 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
    $29.00
  • Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred & Rose West & the Gloucester House of Horrors
    Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred & Rose West & the Gloucester House of Horrors
    ISBN: 9780751577501
    Title: Fred & Rose: The Full Story of Fred & Rose West & the Gloucester House of Horrors
    Author: SOUNES HOWARD


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    The true crime bestseller about Fred and Rose West a couple virtually unique in British criminal history - who loved and killed together as husband and wife.


    During their long relationship the Wests murdered a series of young women, burying the remains of nine victims under their home at 25 Cromwell Street, Gloucester, including those of their teenage daughter, Heather. What was left of Fred West's eight-year-old stepdaughter was dug up from under the Wests' previous Gloucester home; his first wife and nanny were buried in open country outside the city. Several victims had been decapitated and dismembered, their remains showing signs of sexual torture. These twelve are just the ones the police found when the Wests were arrested in 1994. There may be more whose bones have not been located.


    Howard Sounes broke the first major story about the Wests as a journalist, and covered the murder trial of Rosemary West, before writing this, the classic book about the case. Beginning with Fred's and Rose's bizarre childhoods, Sounes charts their lives and crimes in forensic detail, creating a fascinating and truly frightening account of a marriage soaked in blood.



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    Price: $28.00
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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.
    _____________________________
    '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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  • Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
    Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
    ISBN: 9780008222130
    Title: Good Mothers: The True Story of the Women Who Took on the World's Most Powerful Mafia
    Author: PERRY ALEX


    As seen in The New Yorker


    An unprecedented look inside a deadly and obscenely wealthy branch of the Italian mafia and the electrifying story of the women who risked everything to bring them down.


    The Calabrian Mafia--known as the 'Ndrangheta--is one of the richest and most ruthless crime syndicates in the world, with branches stretching from America to Australia. It controls seventy percent of the cocaine and heroin supply in Europe, manages billion-dollar extortion rackets, brokers illegal arms deals--supplying weapons to criminals and terrorists--and plunders the treasuries of both Italy and the European Union.


    The 'Ndrangheta's power derives from a macho mix of violence and silence--omert . Yet it endures because of family ties: you are born into the syndicate, or you marry in. Loyalty is absolute. Bloodshed is revered. You go to prison or your grave and kill your own father, brother, sister, or mother in cold blood before you betray The Family. Accompanying the 'Ndrangheta's reverence for tradition and history is a violent misogyny among its men. Women are viewed as chattel, bargaining chips for building and maintaining clan alliances and beatings--and worse--are routine.


    In 2009, after one abused 'Ndrangheta wife was murdered for turning state's evidence, prosecutor Alessandra Cerreti considered a tantalizing possibility: that the 'Ndrangheta's sexism might be its greatest flaw--and her most effective weapon. Approaching two more mafia wives, Alessandra persuaded them to testify in return for a new future for themselves and their children.


    A feminist saga of true crime and justice, The Good Mothers is the riveting story of a high-stakes battle pitting a brilliant, driven woman fighting to save a nation against ruthless mafiosi fighting for their existence. Caught in the middle are three women fighting for their children and their lives. Not all will survive.



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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
  • 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.

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    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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.

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    Price: $25.00
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  • Innocent Man: Murder & Injustice in a Small Town
    Innocent Man: Murder & Injustice in a Small Town
    ISBN: 9781787463561
    Title: Innocent Man: Murder & Injustice in a Small Town
    Author: GRISHAM JOHN

    John Grisham's first work of non-fiction, an exploration of small town justice gone terribly awry, in his most extraordinary legal thriller yet.

    In the major league draft of 1971, the first player chosen from the State of Oklahoma was Ron Williamson. When he signed with the Oakland A's, he said goodbye to his hometown of Ada and left to pursue his dreams of big league glory.

    Six years later he was back, his dreams broken by a bad arm and bad habits - drinking, drugs and women. He began to show signs of mental illness. Unable to keep a job, he moved in with his mother and slept 20 hours a day on her sofa.

    In 1982, a 21 year-old cocktail waitress in Ada named Debra Sue Carter was raped and murdered, and for five years the police could not solve the crime. For reasons that were never clear, they suspected Ron Williamson and his friend Dennis Fritz. The two were finally arrested in 1987 and charged with capital murder.

    With no physical evidence, the prosecution's case was built on junk science and the testimony of jaihouse snitches and convicts. Dennis Fritz was found guilty and given a life sentence. Ron Williamson was sent to Death Row.

    If you believe that in America you are innocent until proven guilty, this book will shock you. If you believe in the death penalty, this book will disturb you. If you believe the criminal justice system is fair, this book will infuriate you.

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    Price: $26.00
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  • 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.

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    Price: $29.00
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  • 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
  • Kilo Life & Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels
    Kilo Life & Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels
    ISBN: 9781529103403
    Title: Kilo Life & Death Inside the Secret World of the Cocaine Cartels
    Author: MUSE TOBY


    Join the deadly journey of cocaine, from farmer to kingpin.

    Meet Maria. Maria doesn't see herself as a criminal. She's just a farmhand picking the crops that never lose money: coca.


    This is Cachote. He prays to the Virgin of the Assassins that his bullets find their target. If he misses, he'll have to answer to the cartel who pay him to take out their enemies.


    Pedro works the coca labs. But this laboratory is hidden deep in the jungle, and he turns coca leaves in to coca paste, a step just short of cocaine.


    And finally, here is Alex. Alex is a drug-lord and decides where the drug goes next: into Europe or the US. And he wields the power of life and death over everyone around him.


    In Kilo, Toby Muse takes us deeper into the drug trade than ever before, following a kilo of cocaine as it travels from its origins to the street. On the ground in the drug war for over a decade, earning the trust of those involved on all sides, Toby Muse takes us with him through the endless blood-soaked horror and economic logic at every level of the journey of the world's most alluring and dangerous drug. We come to meet and ultimately understand the tainted personal psychology and motivations of each player in this dark El Dorado.


    But there are no winners here. Anyone who tries to hold the power of the 'white goddess' cocaine is ultimately undone, violently stripped of their humanity, their souls and their lives in this endless, pointless dance of death.



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  • 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.



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  • Marching Powder: a True Story of Friendship, Cocaine & South America's Strangest Jail
    Marching Powder: a True Story of Friendship, Cocaine & South America's Strangest Jail
    ISBN: 9781742613437
    Title: Marching Powder: a True Story of Friendship, Cocaine & South America's Strangest Jail
    Author: YOUNG RUSTY

    Rusty Young was backpacking in South America when he heard about Thomas McFadden, a convicted English drug trafficker who ran tours inside Bolivia's notorious San Pedro prison. Intrigued, the twenty-something Australian law graduate travelled to La Paz and joined one of Thomas' illegal tours. What followed took both men by surprise: they formed a strong and instant friendship and then became partners in an attempt to record Thomas' experiences in the jail. Rusty bribed the guards to allow him to stay and for the next three months he lived inside the prison, sharing a cell with Thomas and recording one of the strangest and most compelling prison stories of all time. Marching Powder is a shocking, sometimes darkly comic account of the life in San Pedro. In this bizarre prison, inmates are expected to buy their cells from real estate agents. Others run shops and restaurants, and hundreds of women and children live with imprisoned family members. It is a place where corrupt politicians and drug lords live in luxury apartments while the poorest prisoners are subjected to squalor and deprivation. Marching Powder is the story of one of the strangest places on earth, where horror is leavened by humour and where cruelty lives side by side with compassion.

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    Price: $28.00
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  • Mrs Escobar: My Life with Pablo Escobar
    Mrs Escobar: My Life with Pablo Escobar
    ISBN: 9781785039928
    Title: Mrs Escobar: My Life with Pablo Escobar
    Author: HENAO VICTORIA EUGENIA

    The closest you'll ever get to the most infamous drug kingpin in modern history, told by the person who stood by his side

    The story of Pablo Escobar, one of the wealthiest, powerful and violent criminals of all time has fascinated the world. Yet the one person closest to him has never spoken out - until now. Maria Victoria Henao met Pablo when she was 13, eloped with him at 15, and despite his numerous infidelities and violence, stayed by his side for the following 16 years until his death. At the same time, she urged him to make peace with his enemies and managed to negotiate her and her children's freedom after Pablo's demise.

    On the 25th anniversary of Pablo's death, the most intriguing character in the Escobar narrative is ready to share her story and reveal the real man behind the legend.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
    Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
    ISBN: 9780241346945
    Title: Murder by the Book: A Sensational Chapter in Victorian Crime
    Author: HARMAN CLAIRE

    On a spring morning in 1840, on an ultra-respectable Mayfair street, a household of servants awoke to discover that their unobtrusive master, Lord William Russell, was lying in bed with his throat cut so deeply that the head was almost severed.

    The whole of London, from monarch to maidservants, was scandalized by the unfolding drama of such a shocking murder, but behind it was another story, a work of fiction. For when the culprit eventually confessed, he claimed his actions were the direct result of reading the best-selling crime-novel of the day. This announcement amazed the key literary figures of the time, from Thackeray to Dickens, and posed the question- can a work of fiction do real harm?

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    Price: $26.00
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  • My Friend Anna: The True Story of Anna Delvey, the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me & Half of New York City
    My Friend Anna: The True Story of Anna Delvey, the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me & Half of New York City
    ISBN: 9781787478299
    Title: My Friend Anna: The True Story of Anna Delvey, the Fake Heiress Who Conned Me & Half of New York City
    Author: WILLIAMS RACHEL DELOACHE


    'Addictive ... a jaw-dropping read' STYLIST


    'Explosive ... Definitely one for the beach' ELLE


    'Paints a fascinating picture of an eccentric egomaniac who rails against all authority ... gripping stuff' SUNDAY TIMES
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    How does it feel to be betrayed by your closest friend? A close friend who turns out to be the most prolific grifter in New York City...


    This is the true story of Anna Delvey, the fake heiress whose dizzying deceit and elaborate con-artistry deceived the Soho hipster scene before her ruse was finally and dramatically exposed.


    After meeting through mutual friends, the 'Russian heiress' Anna Delvey and Rachel DeLoache Williams soon became inseparable. Theirs was an intoxicating world of endless excess: high dining, personal trainer sessions, a luxury holiday ... and Anna footed almost every bill.


    But after Anna's debit card was declined in a Moroccan medina whilst on holiday in a five-star luxury resort, Rachel began to suspect that her increasingly mysterious friend was not all she seemed.


    This is the incredible story of how Anna Sorokin conned the high-rollers of the NYC social scene and convinced her close friend of an entirely concocted fantasy, the product of falsified bank documents, bad cheques and carefully edited online photos.


    Written by Rachel DeLoache Williams, the Vanity Fair photography editor who believed Anna's lies before helping the police to track her down (fittingly, deciphering Anna's location using Instagram), this is Catch Me If You Can with Instagram filters. Between Anna, Fyre Festival's Billy McFarland (Anna even tried to scam Billy) and Elizabeth Holmes, whose start-up app duped the high and mighty of Silicon Valley, this is the year of the scammer.


    *Anna stood a high-profile trial in New York that has been followed voraciously by the media. She was found guilty of theft of services and grand larceny, facing up to 15 years in prison. The trial ended on 25th April.*



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    Price: $38.00
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  • No More Tomorrows
    No More Tomorrows
    ISBN: 9781845963866
    Title: No More Tomorrows
    Author: BONELLA KATHRYN

    It was meant to be a two-week vacation to celebrate her sister’s birthday, but for Schapelle Corby it ended up a waking nightmare. Arrested at Denpasar airport after marijuana was found in her luggage, she became the victim of every traveler’s darkest fear. More than four kilograms of drugs had been planted in her bag after she’d checked it in, and she was forced to face the consequences of someone else's crime in a country where the penalties for drug smuggling are among the harshest in the world. Her trial and conviction became one of the biggest news stories of the decade and her family watched in horror as she was sentenced to 20 years in jail. Yet despite the huge media coverage, the one voice the public never properly heard was Schapelle’s. Now, in this compelling book, she tells her own story: of being wrenched from a carefree holiday and incarcerated in a stinking police cell and of learning to survive—in the squalor, discomfort, and violence of an Indonesian jail.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Outlaw Ocean: Crime & Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier
    Outlaw Ocean: Crime & Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier
    ISBN: 9781847925862
    Title: Outlaw Ocean: Crime & Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier
    Author: URBINA IAN

    The Outlaw Ocean is a riveting, adrenalin-fuelled tour of a vast, lawless and rampantly criminal world that few have ever seen- the high seas.

    There are few remaining frontiers on our planet. But perhaps the wildest, and least understood, are the world's oceans- too big to police, and under no clear international authority, these immense regions of treacherous water play host to the unbridled extremes of human behaviour and activity.

    Traffickers and smugglers, pirates and mercenaries, wreck thieves and repo men, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion-providers, clandestine oil-dumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways- drawing on five years of perilous and intrepid reporting, often hundreds of miles from shore, Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world and their risk-fraught lives. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world's economies rely.

    Both a gripping adventure story and a stunning expose, this unique work of reportage brings fully into view for the first time the disturbing reality of a floating world that connects us all, a place where anyone can do anything because no one is watching.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Patched: The Story of Gangs in NZ
    Patched: The Story of Gangs in NZ
    ISBN: 9781869407292
    Title: Patched: The Story of Gangs in NZ
    Author: GILBERT JARROD

    From 'bikie' gangs to skinheads, the Mongrel Mob to Black Power, gangs have had a massive impact on our society. Based on intensive research within gangs, Patched is the first major history of gang life in New Zealand. Jarrod Gilbert traces the story from the early bodgies and widgies, the rise of Hell's Angels and other bikie gangs, the growth of the Mongrel Mob and and Black Power in the 1970s and shifts towards organised crime over the past ten years. Throughout, Gilbert brings us the gang members, police and politicians in their own gritty and gripping words. Violent and sometimes horrifying, this book explores a tough but revealing facet of New Zealand life.

    Jarrod Gilbert spent ten years with New Zealand gangs researching this book. He received a University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship and a C. Wright Mills Award, earning his PhD in 2010. Gilbert lectures at the University of Canterbury and is frequently sought by the media to comment on gangs.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Pills, Powder, & Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs
    Pills, Powder, & Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs
    ISBN: 9781925713367
    Title: Pills, Powder, & Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs
    Author: LOEWENSTEIN ANTONY

    Like the never-ending war on terror, the drugs war is a multi-billion-dollar industry that won't go down without a fight. Pills, Powder, and Smokeexplains why.

    The war on drugs has been official American policy since the 1970s, with the UK, Europe, and much of the world following suit. It is at best a failed policy, according to bestselling author Antony Loewenstein. Its direct results have included mass incarceration in the US, extreme violence in different parts of the world, the backing of dictatorships, and surging drug addiction globally. And now the Trump administration is unleashing diplomatic and military forces against any softening of the conflict.

    Pills, Powder, and Smokeinvestigates the individuals, officials, activists, and traffickers caught up in this deadly war. Travelling through the UK, the US, Australia, Honduras, the Philippines, and Guinea-Bissau, Loewenstein uncovers the secrets of the drug war, why it's so hard to end, and who is really profiting from it.

    In reporting on the frontlines across the globe - from the streets of London's King's Cross to the killing fields of Central America to major cocaine transit routes in West Africa - Loewenstein reveals how the war on drugs has become the most deadly war in modern times. Designed and inspired by Washington, its agenda has nothing to do with ending drug use or addiction, but is all about controlling markets, territories, and people. Instead, Loewenstein argues, the legalisation and regulation of all drugs would be a much more realistic and humane approach. The evidence presented in this book will persuade many readers that he's right.



    'Loewenstein's book is meticulous and forensic, and also impassioned and urgent. What stands out is the clarity of his thinking and the rigour of his arguments. He has an historian's grasp of the big picture and a storyteller's skill for getting us to walk in the other's shoes. The vast scope of his thinking, travel and research is evident on every page, as is his clear-headed compassion. This book is vital and I couldn't put it down.'
    -Christos Tsiolkas

    'Many people assume that as the war on drugs has failed and because a few countries have liberated cannabis as a recreational drug as well as a medicine, the "drug problem" is solved. This new book powerfully demolishes any such complacency that might have developed in the west. Drug wars represent a major, ongoing world-wide disaster. This book is a must-read for anyone pursuing a rational policy debate about drugs.'
    -Professor David Nutt, Imperial College, London

    'Antony Loewenstein is an amazing journalist and this is an amazing book. Anyone who cares about the war on drugs - one of the biggest catastrophes in the world - should read this superb book right away.'
    -Johann Hari, author of Lost Connectionsand Chasing the Scream

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Safe: How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World: Survival Techniques for Everyday Life from an SAS Hero
    Safe: How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World: Survival Techniques for Everyday Life from an SAS Hero
    ISBN: 9781473664364
    Title: Safe: How to Stay Safe in a Dangerous World: Survival Techniques for Everyday Life from an SAS Hero
    Author: RYAN CHRIS

    Former SAS corporal and the only man to escape death or capture during the Bravo Two Zero operation in the 1991 Gulf War, Chris Ryan turned to writing thrillers to tell the stories the Official Secrets Act stops him putting in his non-fiction. His novels have gone on to inspire the Sky One series Strike Back. Born near Newcastle in 1961, Chris Ryan joined the SAS in 1984. During his ten years there he was involved in overt and covert operations and was also sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist team. During the Gulf War, Chris Ryan was the only member of an eight-man unit to escape from Iraq, where three colleagues were killed and four captured. It was the longest escape and evasion in the history of the SAS. For this he was awarded the Military Medal. He wrote about his experiences in the bestsellerThe One That Got Away, which was adapted for screen, and since then has written three other works of non-fiction, over twenty bestselling novels and a series of childrens' books.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Serial Killer Trivia: Fascinating Facts & Disturbing Details That Will Freak You the F*ck Out
    Serial Killer Trivia: Fascinating Facts & Disturbing Details That Will Freak You the F*ck Out
    ISBN: 9781612438672
    Title: Serial Killer Trivia: Fascinating Facts & Disturbing Details That Will Freak You the F*ck Out
    Author: FABIO MICHELLE & KAMINSKY MICHELLE

    The Ultimate Collection of Serial Killer Trivia for True Crime Fanatics

    This bloody and completely true trivia collection will horrify and intrigue readers, with answers to questions like "What was John Wayne Gacy's last meal?," "Which serial killer was captured because of a bloody footprint left on his victim?," "Who was the FBI agent credited with coining the term 'serial killer'?" and "How was one mass murderer able to get away with selling his victim's skeletons to medical students?"

    Perfect for any murderino, true crime junkie or connoisseur of macabre tales, this fact-packed book quizzes readers on their true crime knowledge and offers fascinating stories of well-known murderers as well as lesser-known, but just as nefarious, killers. You'll be surprised at how many fascinating tidbits you'll learn about the world's most cold-blooded and dangerous people.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00

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