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True to the Game

Teri Woods - 1998
    Gena the main character finds herself in true blue love with Quadir, a millionaire associated with the cartel. Quadir is faced with combating the art of extortion and interception masterminded by the notorious Junior Mafia, which reigns from the inner city streets of Philadelphia onto the pages of this book. Both Gena and Quadir find themselves caught up in the vicious, yet seductive, world of drugs and money, only to find that success int his Game is no easy win. There's no way out once you're in, and everyone in stays forever...TRUE. Enjoy a copy today of the ORIGINAL and CLASSIC cover copy of TRUE TO THE GAME!

The Godfather

Chris Rice - 1998
    His business is built on fear and murder. Vito's son Michael wants a quiet life away from the family business. But that's not easy, and slowly Michael becomes the most dangerous gangster of them all

Midnight in Death

J.D. Robb - 1998
    Now, Nora Roberts, writing as J. D. Robb, propels you into the darkest night of Lieutenant Eve Dallas' life - when a killer comes to call.Eve's name has made a Christmas list, but it's not for being naughty or nice. It's for putting a serial killer behind bars. Now the escaped madman has her in his sights. With her husband, Roarke, at her side, Eve must stop the man from exacting his bloody vengeance - or die trying.

Who Killed Roger Ackroyd?: The Mystery Behind the Agatha Christie Mystery

Pierre Bayard - 1998
    Now, in a thrilling twist on the conventional solution, Pierre Bayard's Who Killed Roger Arkroyd? reopens the Ackroyd file with unexpected results: Is the killer still at large? Bayard's in-depth investigation of this well-loved classic will change forever the way mysteries are read. This book is not a spoof. it is a humorous entirely new analysis of the famous 1926 mystery. It challenges the reader to challenge the author in the apparent possible, plausible solution of the mystery.

Crimson Rivers

Jean-Christophe Grangé - 1998
    The highly-regarded but unpredictable ex-commando Pierre NiTmans is sent from Paris to the French Alps to investigate. Meanwhile, Karim Abdouf, a young Arab policeman, is trying to find out why the tomb of a young child has been desecrated. When a second body is found, high up in a glacier, the paths of the two policemen are joined in their search for the killers, a trail that embroils them with the mysterioius cult of the Crimson Rivers.

Blood Work

Michael Connelly - 1998
    He's recuperating from a heart transplant and avoiding anything stressful. But when Graciella tells him the way her sister Gloria was murdered, it leaves Terry no choice. Now the man with the new heart vows to take down a predator without a soul. For Gloria's killer shatters every rule that McCaleb ever learned in his years with the Bureau--as McCaleb gets no more second chances at life...and just one shot at the truth.

Boy's Life / Gone South

Robert R. McCammon - 1998
    McCammon (Swan Song, Stinger, The Wolf's Hour).Both set in the South, Boy's Life tells a haunting tale of a young boy's seemingly ordinary life in a town called Zephyr, until one day he witnesses a car with a man at the wheel plunge deep into Saxon's Lake. "This superbly told tale combines the sensibilities of Mark Twain, Flannery O'Connor, and Steven Spielberg...a solid coming-age story and a fine mystery...Devour this bountiful book." -- New York Newsday.In Gone South, a moment of rage and fear, and a past filled with disturbing memories turns Dan Lambert into a unwitting killer. When he flees South and meets a woman named Arden in search of a faith healer, there ensues a riveting, twisting tale of desperation and discovery. "A gothic picaresque that mixes gritty plot and black comedy...a thriller..." -- The Wall Street Journal. "Gone South is an absorbing, bizarre thriller that blazes through the dark and swampy bayous of Louisiana like a jagged bolt of hot summer lightning...McCammon is a truly original American author." -- Lansing State Journal.

Judas Child

Carol O'Connell - 1998
    This hasn't happened for fifteen years, since Rouge Kendall's twin sister was murdered. The killer was found, but now Rouge, twenty-five and a policeman, is forced to wonder: was he really the one? Also wondering is a former classmate named Ali Cray, a forensic psychologist with scars of her own. The pattern is the same, she says: a child called out to meet a friend. The friend is the bait, the Judas child, and is quickly killed. But the primary victim lives longer. . .until Christmas day. Rouge doesn't want to hear this. He's spent the last fifteen years trying to avoid the memories. A little girl has haunted his dreams all these years - and he has three days to finally put her to rest. Filled with rich prose, resonant characters, and knife-edged suspense that have won so many fans, Judas Child is Carol O'Connell's most powerful novel yet.


Robert Towne - 1998
    Jake Gittes is a successful 'bedroom dick': a private eye specialising in cases of marital infidelity. Paradoxically he might also be the last truly ethical man in a corrupt town. Lured into an investigation of the death-by-drowning of City Water Commissioner Hollis Mulwray, Gittes gets more than usually entwined with his new client, Mulwray's enigmatic widow Evelyn. He then finds himself crossing swords with Evelyn's redoubtable father, the aging business magnate Noah Cross, who has professional and personal reasons of his own for wanting both Hollis and Evelyn silenced.Academy Award-winner for Best Original Screenplay of 1974, Robert Towne's Chinatown is widely regarded as the finest American movie script of the post-war years. Complex in narrative design, infused with the sordid real-life history of Los Angeles' economic growth and unmistakably adult in its updating of the trademark violence and sexual intrigue of film noir, on the page Chinatown still shines - and cuts - like a blade.

Murder the Boys

Judith Cutler - 1998
    Many of her new colleagues are good men but some won’t leave their new female colleague alone long enough to get on with her job. Kate is anxious to lose herself in her work, and before too long a case comes along that will consume her in a way she could never have imagined.THE CASEBoys are being abducted, abused, and murdered on her patch, and Kate feels intense personal and professional pressure to catch those responsible. Are her colleagues being deliberately obstructive or simply dragging their feet? Who is behind the vile crimes?SHE WON’T LET THE BULLIES STOP HER. KATE WILL RISK HER CAREER AND HER LIFE TO BRING JUSTICE TO THE VICTIMS.Set in the late 90s in England’s second city, this is the first in a series of compulsively readable crime thrillers.

Sins of the Brother: The Definitive Story of Ivan Milat and the Backpacker Murders

Mark Whittaker - 1998
    Describes his childhood and his relationship with his large family, particularly with his brothers. Examines the events leading up to the killings, the police investigations and the aftermath of Milat's arrest. Draws extensively on personal interviews with members of the Milat family and people involved in the investigations.

Only Son

Kevin O'Brien - 1998
    Only Son is such a book. . . Divorced and alone, Carl Jorgenson has one dream; to have a son and give him the life and love he never had. His dream becomes a reality the day Amy McMurray leaves her son alone for one brief, unforgivable moment. In that split second, all their lives change forever. So begins the remarkable story of a mother's search for the child she has lost but will never abandon. . .of a man desperately holding on to the single thread of hope in his life. . .and of a young boy, a son to both, a stranger to himself, who teaches each of them about love, loss and forgiveness. Illuminated by a rare compassion, Only Son is a deeply felt, powerfully realized novel about the search for love and a place to belong. It is a novel about fate, the irreversible choices we make, and the forces we cannot control.

More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws

John R. Lott Jr. - 1998
    This timely and provocative work comes to the startling conclusion: more guns mean less crime. In this paperback edition, Lott has expanded the research through 1996, incorporating new data available from states that passed right-to-carry and other gun laws since the book's publication as well as new city-level statistics.“Lott's pro-gun argument has to be examined on the merits, and its chief merit is lots of data…If you still disagree with Lott, at least you will know what will be required to rebut a case that looks pretty near bulletproof.”—Peter Coy, Business Week“By providing strong empirical evidence that yet another liberal policy is a cause of the very evil it purports to cure, he has permanently changed the terms of debate on gun control…Lott's book could hardly be more timely… A model of the meticulous application of economics and statistics to law and policy.”—John O. McGinnis, National Review“His empirical analysis sets a standard that will be difficult to match… This has got to be the most extensive empirical study of crime deterrence that has been done to date.”—Public Choice“For anyone with an open mind on either side of this subject this book will provide a thorough grounding. It is also likely to be the standard reference on the subject for years to come.”—Stan Liebowitz, Dallas Morning News“A compelling book with enough hard evidence that even politicians may have to stop and pay attention. More Guns, Less Crime is an exhaustive analysis of the effect of gun possession on crime rates.”—James Bovard, Wall Street Journal“John Lott documents how far ‘politically correct’ vested interests are willing to go to denigrate anyone who dares disagree with them. Lott has done us all a service by his thorough, thoughtful, scholarly approach to a highly controversial issue.”—Milton Friedman

Shocking Pink

Erica Spindler - 1998
    The mysterious lovers the three girls spied on were engaged in a deadly sexual game no one else was supposed to know about. Especially not Andie and her friends, whose curiosity had deepened into a dangerous obsession.... Now, 15 years later, someone is watching Andie. Someone who won't let her forget the unsolved murder of "Mrs. X" or the disappearance of "Mr. X". Suddenly Andie doesn't know who her friends are... because loyalty can be murder. Andie. Julie. Raven. Three very different women bound by more than friendship.

Fire Hawk

Geoffrey Archer - 1998
    But none more dangerous than this one. A whispered secret in a Baghdad hotel lobby leads to his kidnapping, torture and expected execution. His paymasters have given him up for dead. Only the intervention of his ex-lover, Chrissie, and a hostage swap get him released. But days later Chrissie is murdered. Perhaps she knew too much, knew of the secret that Sam had uncovered - that a biological terror weapon codenamed Fire Hawk had been smuggled from Iraq for use against an unknown target in the West. Personal motives of revenge clash with priorities of State Security as Sam follows the weapon's and his dead lover's murky past through the Middle East, Cyprus and the Ukraine. At each step the mystery of the ultimate target deepens and the fanatics who control it become ever more elusive.

The Tunnel Rats

Stephen Leather - 1998
    In Washington, a US senator receives photographs of the corpses. And realises that his past has come back to haunt him.Nick Wright is the detective trying to solve the mystery of the double killing. His hunt for a motive takes him to the Vietnam, where the American tunnel rats fought the dirtiest battle of the war against the Viet Cong. But his search places him in grave danger with a killer determined to protect the secrets of the tunnels. At whatever cost . . .************PRAISE FOR STEPHEN LEATHER'A master of the thriller genre'Irish Times'As tough as British thrillers get . . . gripping' Irish Independent 'The sheer impetus of his story-telling is damned hard to resist'Sunday Express

Dead at Daybreak

Deon Meyer - 1998
    Zed is still obsessed with the betrayals of his own past but must fill in the blanks of this victim's life. Who tortured and killed Smit, and who was Smit in the first place? Not the man whose papers he carries, that much is certain. Zed can never be sure of the loyalties of the people with whom he is dealing--his own past reputation ensures that--and he soon finds himself uncovering secrets that the security services of many countries would like left alone.

Guilty by Reason of Insanity: A Psychiatrist Explores the Minds of Killers

Dorothy Otnow Lewis - 1998
    Among the notorious murderers she has examined are Ted Bundy, Arthur Shawcross, and Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon. Now she shares her groundbreaking discoveries--and the chilling encounters that led to them.From a juvenile court in Connecticut to the psychiatric wards of New York City's Bellevue Hospital, from maximum security prisons to the corridors of death row, Lewis and her colleague, the eminent neurologist Jonathan Pincus, search to understand the origins of violence. Guilty by Reason of Insanity is an utterly absorbing odyssey that will forever change the way you think about crime, punishment, and the law itself.

East Side Stories: Gang Life in East L.A.

Joseph Rodriguez - 1998
    A great responsibility lies, as well, in a national understanding and support for communities bound by poverty, and in encouraging people to work together to help people work for themselves.

The Mentor

Rebecca Forster - 1998
    This is also her chance to make her mentor, Judge Wilson Caufeld, proud. When Caufeld is murdered, Lauren is trapped in a maze of consipracy, corruption and secrets leading right up to the Supreme Court. Lauren must decide who she can trust before she becomes the next victim of a vicious killer


Steve Jackson - 1998
    Her predator's violence had only just begun. Tom Luther enticed a chain of women into his murderous trap. Steve Jackson recounts the pursuit and long-awaited conviction of a charismatic, monstrous psychopath.

Red Grass River: A Legend

James Carlos Blake - 1998
    His previous novel, In the Rogue Blood, was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. Now he has written a powerful and rousing historical saga of family loyalties, blood feuds, and betrayed friendships; of bank robberies and bootlegging; and of a passionate love as wild at heart as the Everglades. It is the story of sworn enemies: John Ashley, a criminal and folk hero, the brightest star in a family destined to become the most notorious in south Florida; and Bobby Baker, a lawman born of lawmen, a violent, hard-hearted man driven by the searing memory of past affronts and the enduring hatreds the engendered. Ashley and Maker will clash many times over many decades. And as the twentieth century encroaches on their world—and the wildlands give grudging way to the rising boomtown of Miami—a feral, sensual mating will place one man in gravest peril...while his adversary contrives a dark, personal vengeance that could leave countless lives—his own included—in ruin.

The Guv'nor

Lenny McLean - 1998
    He had dear, powerful friends, but he also had terrible enemies. So much so that he has two bullet wounds in his back, and has been stabbed repeatedly—always from behind. Lenny, however, is also a warm, grizzly bear of a man, whose main weakness is an overwhelming desire to put the welfare of his mates ahead of his own well-being. In this autobiography he tells of how the mafia flew him to New York to take on their greatest bare-knuckle boxer in a multi-million pound illicit challenge bout. The Mafia's man lasted less than three minutes. When the IRA fronted up a London gang in a money-laundering scam, Lenny was brought in to intimidate the terrorists. The IRA, not surprisingly, backed off. Lenny's most serious trial came when he was accused of murder. Fighting to prove his innocence against a minimum sentence of 25 years, Lenny never gave up, and went on to be found not guilty. After deciding to retire from the violent life, Len turned his hand to acting, having parts in The Fifth Element and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe

Donald H. Wolfe - 1998
    The story behind the conspiracy of silence is revealed.

Triumph of Justice: The Final Judgment on the Simpson Saga

Peter Knobler - 1998
    Simpson civil trial, he was one of the few people in America who had paid little attention to the Simpson criminal trial. His first inclination was to turn down the case. But as friends and clients urged him to accept, as he got to know not only the Goldmans but the facts of the case and the human tragedy lurking behind it, Petrocelli realized this was something he had to tackle head on.Never having tried a murder case, putting his firm's considerable reputation at risk, confronting a media swarm for which he was totally unprepared, and facing an overwhelming financial disadvantage, Petrocelli nonetheless went on a personal and increasingly passionate mission to bring about justice. Triumph of Justice is a chronicle of that mission.  Petrocelli's insights, observations, and inside information not only show us how he convinced a jury to find O.J. Simpson liable for $33.5 million in the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman--proving to the American people that their legal system does indeed work--he also makes the story a compelling and exciting legal read.Among the revelations detailed in these pages:Petrocelli's ten-day, no-holds-barred deposition of O.J. SimpsonWhat Petrocelli learned from the incendiary depositions and interviews of Kato Kaelin, Faye Resnick, Marcus Allen, A.C. Cowlings, and othersThe surprising realizations that emerged from a mock jury trial, which Petrocelli lostHis dramatic face-to-face courtroom confrontation with O.J. Simpson on the witness standWhat happened that night in BrentwoodPetrocelli also offers insight into the larger issues--of race, wealth, celebrity, and police competence--surrounding the case. He places the trial in its proper context and, in so doing, examines legal questions and issues about our justice system that affect and reflect upon every one of us.Triumph of Justice proves, conclusively, that O.J. Simpson told lie after lie and that he did indeed kill his ex-wife and an innocent man. It is the story you haven't heard about the trial you didn't see and is the closest, most in-depth look at an important murder case since Helter Skelter.

Inspector Morse: the secret of Bay 5B

John Thaw - 1998

A Detail Of History

Arek Hersh - 1998

Juarez: The Laboratory of Our Future

Charles Bowden - 1998
    Charles Bowden, who first brought attention to the story of the Juarez photographers in Harper's (December 1996), has written an uncompromising, piercing work that combines insightful and informed reporting with a poetic and wry style. His text, integrated with brutal and revealing images by a group of unknown Mexican street photographers, takes on issues of NAFTA, immigration, gangs, corruption, drug trafficking, and poverty, uncovering a very different Mexico than generally depicted in the press, and by the United States and Mexican governments. While Charles Bowden presents a riveting investigation of Juarez, its inhabitants, and its visual chroniclers, the renowned activist and writer Noam Chomsky offers in his introduction a bitingly critical account of NAFTA, suggesting its nullifying effect on democracy and the rights of both workers and consumers, and its underlying strategy for protecting the rich and powerful, and keeping everyone else in his or her place. In his afterword, the Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano poses the question: Should the Third World really aspire to be like the First World? His insider's look at contemporary North/South American relations reveals how the relationship between Juarez and El Paso can serve as a metaphor for U.S. - Latin American relations, and demonstrates the devastating toll United States policy and attitude knowingly take on human rights and the environment south of our border.

An Iron Rose

Peter Temple - 1998
    But Mac is far from convinced, and he's a man who knows not to accept things at face value.A regular at the local pub, a mainstay of the footy team, Mac is living the quiet life of a country blacksmith - a life connected to a place, connected to its people.But Mac carries a burden of fear and vigilance from his old life.And as this past of secrets, corruption, abuse and murder begins to close in, he must turn to long-forgotten resources to hang on to everything he holds dear, including his own life.


John E. Douglas - 1998
    With a deep sense of compassion for the victims and an uncanny understanding of the perpetrators, Douglas exposes the chilling obsessions that compel the murderers, rapists, and stalkers.

The Fourth Inspector Morse Omnibus

Colin Dexter - 1998
    In "The Way Through the Woods", a young tourist disappears in North Oxford. In "The Daughters of Cain", Morse takes over an unsolved murder. "Death Is Now My Neighbour" sees Morse on the trail of a killer.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Star of India

C.E. Lawrence - 1998
    Professor James Moriarty is back to tease and torment, leading the duo on a chase through the dark and dangerous back streets of London and beyond. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed detective stories. The Further Adventures series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds’ greatest detective.

Rumpole and the Man of God

John Mortimer - 1998
    Luckily, Rumpole's got other ways to sway a jury. Meanwhile, an old friend's fiancee is looking suspiciously familiar. But from where? Once more, John Mortimer lets Rumpole maintain his hilariously cynical commentary throughout ceaseless smoking, drinking and uncommon lawyering.

At All Costs

John Gilstrap - 1998
    Although innocent, they are on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List. Along with their young son, they have eluded capture for 13 years, but are finally forced to stop running and fight for their freedom--and their lives. From the bestselling author of Nathan's Run.

The Ghost in the Machine

John Thaw - 1998

Stillwatch and a Cry in the Night

Mary Higgins Clark - 1998
    In "A Cry in the Night", Jenny meets a dashing artist who seems like the answer to her prayers. But when she marries him and moves to his ranch, Jenny finds she has plenty to worry about. Abridged. Available now.

No Mercy: The Host of America's Most Wanted Hunts the Worst Criminals of Our Time--In Shattering True Crime Cases

John Walsh - 1998
    The host of America's Most Wanted reveals for the first time the inside details of some of the show's most riveting investigations, including the Polly Klaas murder and the manhunt for serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

Official Negligence: How Rodney King and the Riots Changed Los Angeles and the LAPD

Lou Cannon - 1998
    Lou Cannon, veteran journalist, combines extensive research with interviews from hundreds of survivors, offering the only definitive story behind what happened and why.Official Negligence takes a hard look at the circumstances leading up to the riots. Cannon reveals how the videotape of the brutal beating of Rodney King had been sensationally edited by a local TV station, how political leaders required LAPD officers to carry metal batons despite evidence linking them to the rising toll of serious injury in the community, and how poorly prepared the city was for the violence that erupted.


Jack Dickson - 1998
    A violent anti-hero, suspended from duty for assault when the story opens, Jas is the natural suspect when Leigh, his lover and partner in a heavy S/M relationship, is found brutally murdered. Now on the run and struggling to clear his name, Jas uncovers Leigh's involvement in a blackmail ring, and even his lover's identity becomes confused. Film-noir in inspiration, vividly characterised, and authentically exposing the raw nerves of Thatcherite Britain, FreeForm is set to appeal to a wide readership.


Todd Solondz - 1998
    The most troubled of the men may be Bill, the therapist who is also Trish's husband, as he struggles with his desires for his son Billy's pubescent classmates. When the police begin to close in, everyone's lives -- and everyone's relationships -- are changed forever.

Trace Evidence: The Hunt for the I-5 Serial Killer

Bruce Henderson - 1998
    Trace Evidence, by contrast, has a steady relentlessness that allows the reader to become fascinated by the characters of the investigators and the facts of how the evidence was assembled. This killer specialized in picking up his victims along Interstate 5, near Sacramento, California, and he had an odd penchant for snipping at their clothes with scissors. As deaths of young women in several different jurisdictions began to form a pattern, a few detectives with contrasting approaches (excitable and given to hunches vs. cool and logical) formed a team. Author Bruce Henderson relates how they followed through on a bewildering number of leads, how they ranked their potential suspects on a point system that proved remarkably effective, and how, finally, a trace evidence expert spent many long hours looking through a microscope to cinch the case with analysis of fibers. Trace Evidence is skillfully structured, emphasizing the investigation rather than the trial, and includes crisp photographs of the key evidence. It would have been a better book if the author had included a timeline of the crimes and a map of the area, but that is a small nitpick about an excellent work of journalism. --Fiona Webster

Jack the Ripper: The Facts

Paul Begg - 1998
    Written by one of the world's foremost authorities on the case, this is a completely rewritten and fully updated edition of Begg's classic title Jack the Ripper. It follows the crimes chronologically and records the most significant events, witness testimonies and aspects of the police investigation. As well as objectively examining the primary police suspects, Begg provides a fascinating and authoritative insight into related political issues and background events.

Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality

Luana Ross - 1998
    Drawing on the Native women's own words, she reveals the violence in their lives prior to incarceration, their respective responses to it, and how those responses affect their eventual criminalization and imprisonment. Comparisons with the experiences of white women in the same prison underline the significant role of race in determining women's experiences within the criminal justice system.

Hannah's Gift

Thomas Eidson - 1998
    He recovers through the help of a strange woman, Hannah Morgan, who then vanishes without thanks. Tucker goes in pursuit of his rescuer and finds himself drawn into her quest.

Death Sentence: The True Story of Velma Barfield's Life, Crimes, and Punishment

Jerry Bledsoe - 1998
    But there was something about her that nobody knew. Velma had a secret life, and a sick urge to kill.

Garfield & the Mysterious Mummy

Jim Davis - 1998
    A series of books offering each child an opportunity to progress at an individual pace -- with stories designed to appeal to a wide range of interests and abilities -- so that every beginning reader experiences success.


Peter James - 1998
    The man believes that God does exist and what's more he has the proof.


Tess Gerritsen - 1998
    Now, Gerritsen melds page-turning suspense with chilling realism as a small-town doctor races to unravel the roots of a violent outbreak—before it destroys everything she loves.Lapped by the gentle waters of Locust Lake, the small resort town of Tranquility, Maine, seems like the perfect spot for Dr. Claire Elliot to shelter her adolescent son, Noah, from the distractions of the big city and the lingering memory of his father's death. But with the first snap of winter comes shocking news that puts her practice on the line: a teenage boy under her care has committed an appalling act of violence. And as Claire and all of Tranquility soon discover, it is just the start of a chain of lethal outbursts among the town's teenagers. As the rash of disturbing behavior grows, Claire uncovers a horrifying secret: this is not the first time it has happened. Twice a century, the children of Tranquility lash out with deadly violence. Claire suspects that there is a biological cause for the epidemic, and she fears that the placid Locust Lake may conceal an insidious danger. As she races to save Tranquility—and her son—from harm, Claire discovers an even greater threat: a shocking conspiracy to manipulate nature and cause innocents to slaughter.

Deceived by Flight

John Thaw - 1998

The Turnaround: How America's Top Cop Reversed the Crime Epidemic

William Bratton - 1998
    When Bill Bratton was sworn in as New York City's police commissioner in 1994, he made what many considered a bold promise: The NYPD would fight crime in every borough...and win.  It seemed foolhardy; even everybody knows you can't win the war on crime.  But Bratton delivered.  In an extraordinary twenty-seven months, serious crime in New York City went down by 33 percent, the murder rate was cut in half--and Bill Bratton was heralded as the most charismatic  and respected law enforcement official in America..  In this outspoken account of his news-making career, Bratton reveals how his cutting-edge policing strategies brought about the historic reduction in crime.Bratton's success made national news and landed him on the cover of Time.  It also landed him in political hot water.  Bratton earned such positive press that before he'd completed his first week on the job, the administration of New York's media-hungry mayor Rudolph Giuliani, threatened to fire him.  Bratton gives a vivid, behind-the-scenes look at the sizzle and substance, and he pulls no punches describing the personalities who really run the city.Bratton grew up in a working-class Boston neighborhood, always dreaming of being a cop.  As a young officer under Robert di Grazia, Boston's progressive police commissioner, he got a ground-level view of real police reform and also saw what happens when an outspoken, dynamic, reform-minded police commissioner starts to outshine an ambitious mayor.  He was soon in the forefront of the community policing movement and a rising star in the profession.  Bratton had turned around four major police departments when he accepted the number one police job in America.When Bratton arrived at the NYPD, New York's Finest were almost hiding; they had given up on preventing crime and were trying only to respond to it.  Narcotics,  Vice,  Auto Theft, and the Gun Squads all worked banker's hours while the competition--the bad guys--worked around the clock.  Bratton changed that.  He brought talent to the top and instilled pride in the force; he listened to the people in the neighborhoods and to the cops on the street.  Bratton and his "dream team" created Compstat, a combination of computer statistics analysis and an unwavering demand for accountability.  Cops were called on the carpet, and crime began to drop.  With Bratton on the job, New York City was turned around.Today, New York's plummeting crime rate and improved quality of life remain a national success story.  Bratton is directly responsible, and his strategies are being studied and implemented by police forces across the country and around the world.  In Turnaround, Bratton shows how the war on crime can be won once and for all.


Peter Sotos - 1998
    Reporting back candidly at human lives steeped in urban sewers of pornography, prostitution, drug abuse, murder, and anonymous, unprotected sexual encounters, Sotos also exposes media hypocrisy surrounding these issues with ruthless clarity. Index contains reviews of the wildest porno videos and magazines, intersected by candid and shocking confessions of encounters in America's sleaziest sex bars, meat racks and glory holes. The result is a compendium of total abuse which achieves in its own right a pornographic intensity and remove.

The Fix

Michael Massing - 1998
    With a new prefaceLooking back on the 25-year war on drugs, Michael Massing offers a blistering critique of the politics and narrow-mindedness that have made our national drug policy a failure, and he proposes what must be done--stressing treatment over imprisonment--to begin to rescue addicts from the street and diminish the hold drugs have in this country.

Not the End of the World

Christopher Brookmyre - 1998
    Action-packed, wittily observed and non-PC satire set in California where terrorists are gearing up for the Millennium.

The Tragedy and the Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama

Margaret Anne Barnes - 1998
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A Tale About A Tiger

S.J. Rozan - 1998
    Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler presentsSounds Like Murderoriginal, unabridged mysteries available on audio1 cassette / 110 minutesUnabridgedRead by Patricia Kalember"This is old-fashioned story-telling at its best.  Interesting and involving tales from some of the masters of mysteries."-Michael Connelly, author of Blood WorkPrivate investigator Lydia Chin infiltrates New York's Chinatown to stop a dealer in valuable, and illegally obtained, animal parts - the sexual organ of the male tiger, to be exact - believed to have miraculous powers in the mysterious world of Chinese medicine.  The tiger, in danger of becoming extinct, is revered by the Chinese people.  And Lydia Chin will do her best to stop the criminals in questions.Other titles in the SOUNDS LIKE MURDER series include:Driving Lessons by Ed McBainThe Case of the Scottish Tragedy by June ThompsonClean American Fun by Christopher NewmanThe Poster Boy by Stephen SolomitaThe Sedgemoor Stranger by Peter Lovesey

Crime And Society In Britain

Hazel Croall - 1998
    Covering many issues the text looks at how different kinds of crime are officially defined, socially constructed, researched and analyzed. Exploring the relationship between crime and social equality the text applies these insight to specific patterns of crime. Focusing upon the task of explaining the causes and nature of crime the text looks at questions and issues, presenting a selection of research and literature.

Revere Beach Boulevard

Roland Merullo - 1998
    From the moment Vito arrived in the United States from Italy in 1936 he did his best to live as a good man--hard-working, deeply-religious, frugal and honest. Peter, on the other hand, now forty years old, his real-estate business in shambles, has bent the rules and battled a gambling addiction for most of his adult life. With his family's help, he always just succeeded in averting disaster, until now. Revere Beach Boulevard--a novel both literary and suspenseful--tells the story of a family that rallies around an errant son, even as a dark secret that has blighted all their lives comes to the surface. For Peter it means having the courage to stand up to Eddie Crevine, a Mafia thug to whom he is in debt and who now threatens his life. For Peter's sister, Joanna, it means admitting that she shares some of her brother's anger at their parents. For Vito and his wife, Lucy, it involves dealing with the aftereffects of a youthful indiscretion, a moment of unchecked passion that changed all of their lives in ways that can never be undone. Revere Beach Boulevard is a rich and heartfelt novel that looks deeply into the secret places in men and women's hearts, places only great fiction can reveal.

Peeping Tom

Leo Marks - 1998
    The finished film was severely cut by the censors, so here for the first time we get a clear idea of Powell's and Marks' intentions.

A Promise of Justice

David Protess - 1998
    Four innocent black men collectively spent 64 years in Illinois prisons -- two of them on death row -- for a crime they did not commit. Based on police and prosecutorial misconduct, perjured testimony, and the ineptitude of court-appointed defense lawyers, these four boyhood friends were convicted of the abduction, rape, and brutal murder of a young white couple.The Ford Heights Four professed their innocence, and only two men listened: journalist Robert Warden and Professor David Protess. The two joined forces and enlisted the help of three of Protess's journalism students. They not only proved the men's innocence but also found and helped convict the real murderers.A Promise of Justice is an unflinching look into the workings of justice and punishment in America, and proves more spellbinding and emotional than even the best crime fiction (Touchstone Pictures has already optioned major motion picture rights).

Prison Writing in 20th-Century America

Tom Wicker - 1998
    Includes work by: Jack London, Nelson Algren, Chester Himes,Jack Henry Abbott, Robert Lowell, Malcolm X, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Piri Thomas.

The Dilessi Murders: Greek Brigands and English Hostages (Lost Treasures)

Romilly James Heald Jenkins - 1998
    The negotiations were botched and eventually the four were murdered. The episode severely tested the relations of the young Greek state with Britain, under Gladstone at the time, and a country that had done much to help it gain its independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Deadly Hunter

Ann Evans - 1998
    But soon they find that the park is full of lies and secrets. Laura and Bethan know they've seen a wolf prowling through the woods which everyone tells them doesn't exist. A deadly wolf which seems to be stalking its prey.

A Friend of the Family: The True Story of David Snow (Resources for Biblical Study)

Alison Shaw - 1998
    A fascinating blend of true-crime story and psychological thriller, this book casts painfully revealing light on the life and mind of a sociopath.

Big Damn Hard Boiled

Geof Darrow - 1998
    Rolling Stone described it as intricate, kinetic, and thoroughly outrageous! Now you can experience Geof's art like never before. More than 40 per cent bigger than the original publication and without color or word balloons, it's totally amazing! It's totally mind-blowing! It's totally Darrow!