From Library Journal
This bibliography provides extensive annotations of a broad selection of accounts of actual crimes (e.g., American State Trials) as well as literary works based on actual crimes (e.g., Truman Capote's In Cold Blood), generally excluding Wild West and organized crime cases. Though books on murder get substantial coverage, Borowitz is interested in a wide range of criminal activity from almost all times and places, heavily stressing literary achievement within the genre rather than the crimes themselves. The coverage includes titles from the Anglo-American, French, and other traditions (extending to ancient Greece and Rome), though African traditions were excluded because of "language barriers." Borowitz's 40-page introduction provides an excellent and informative overview of the subject. Over the past few decades, Borowitz has published many well-received books on crime literature (e.g., Innocence and Arsenic: Studies in Crime Literature), and this unique book, suitable for any library whose patrons are interested in reading about crime, is a very successful culmination of his efforts in this field. (Index not seen.) Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI
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About the Author
is a graduate of Harvard University with a B.A. in classics, M.A. in Chinese regional studies, and a J.D. He is also the author of Terrorism for Self-Glorification: The Herostratos Syndrome
(The Kent State University Press, 2005). He is a retired partner from the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue.