“A deeply compassionate book that poses urgent questions about the end product of imprisonment and the social thirst for vengeance.”
“Notably free of policy jargon, Sabine’s work is about real people and the stories they have to tell.”
(Theodore Hamm Brooklyn Rail
“It will set readers thinking and possibly wanting to do more research on the subject.”
(Frances O. Sandiford Library Journal
"This book is more than a tribute to the men interviewed: it asks us to test ourselves on our capacity for forgiveness and then to consider penal power’s capacity to destroy the self."
(Laura Piacentini Times Higher Education
"If you are looking for a soul touching, look no further and pick up this book. You won’t be let down."
(San Francisco Book Review
"Offers glimpses of a world unfamiliar to most of us and offers the opportunity to begin an honest dialogue about crime, rehabilitation, and reentry."
(Marshal Zeringue Page 99 Test
"Clear, engaging prose throughout the book provides many thought-provoking insights into the nature of rehabilitation, forgiveness, and redemption by looking at real people who have faced the challenges of re-entry from prison to free society . . . aims a fresh spotlight on the problems and challenges faced by the millions of people who have been released from America's prisons."
(Joel Freedman Finger Lakes Times
"Heinlein puts a face to a population that evokes strong feelings while remaining largely unfamiliar. Among Murderers is an eye-opening look at life after prison and our society’s thirst for vengeance."
(Amanda Green Rumpus
From the Inside Flap
Among Murderers is a remarkable achievement, an eye-opening work of journalistic empathy in the best tradition of Katherine Boo, Ted Conover, and Adrian Nicole LeBlanc. In studying the cases of these three just-released convicts, Sabine Heinlein raises significant policy and philosophical questions about crime and punishment and the nature of "rehabilitation." This is a triumphantly humane work of reporting and storytelling.”Scott Stossel, editor at The Atlantic and author of the award-winning Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver.
"With this unsentimental yet deeply empathetic look at the lives of ex-cons struggling to make it on the outside, Sabine Heinlein establishes herself as the Orwell of rehabilitation, American-style."David Samuels, contributing editor at Harper's Magazine and contributor to The Atlantic and The New Yorker.
Sabine Heinlein's Among Murderers is a remarkable, clear-eyed portrait of three men trying to create lives for themselves after serving decades of hard time as punishment for having committed the ultimate crime. Working in the journalistic tradition of Joseph Mitchell and A.J. Liebling, Heinlein brings these men to life as fully-realized, fascinating if flawed characters. Heinlein's readers won't be able to think of crime or punishment in the same way.”Robert S. Boynton, author of The New New Journalism
Among Murderers joins a small but important group of literary books that take an intimate look at murderers. Detailing individuals’ painful steps and difficult quotidian lives as they try to find a place on the outside and come to terms with their crimes, this book has much to tell us about crime and punishment in America today.”Sam Swope, Dean of the New York Public Library's Cullman Center Institute for Teachers