"The book is a success, thoughtful and thought provoking. It is also gruesome, ghoulish, and appalling--and utterly fascinating."--The Daily Beast
"[An] insightfully unorthodox history of famous murders."--New York
"James turns out to be not just the most important writer/thinker on baseball of our generation but also—completely unexpectedly—to have read more books in the true crime genre than maybe anyone else alive. In Popular Crime
he works his way though every major true crime story of the last 200 years— from Lizzie Borden to JonBenet Ramsey—making (as one would expect) all kinds of brilliant, wildly entertaining and occasionally completely nutty Jamesian observations."—Malcolm Gladwell
"Great, cozy bedtime reading."—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
About the Author
Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts
. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.