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“A very entertaining book, and it will instigate arguments even as it scores many important points.”—The Washington Post
“Running through Popular Crime is an exploration of the enduring popularity of true crime. James' thought-provoking meditations elevate his book far above any routine recitation of facts.”—The Seattle Times
This is a great book, unlike any other I've come across in my years of reading true crime.
There are also a few passages in the book that make Mr James appear bigoted toward certain minority groups; and that kind of intolerance is never welcome.
I don't remember the last time I was so disappointed by a book I'd been looking forward to.
I'm a bit torn because I enjoyed much of Popular Crime more than this review will imply, but I have to admit that it's a muddled, horribly unfocused mess and almost all of the... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Quite entertaining and it shows why crime is interesting. It also makes points about why we shouldn't be dismissive of crime stories.Published 2 months ago by Dan Goldstein
This is a great book, unlike any other I've come across in my years of reading true crime. In a conversational style, James gives us his opinion on why certain crimes and trials... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Beverle Myers
After reading the Kindle sample for this book, I was looking forward to reading a book about detailed, historically-significant crimes told from an tongue-in-cheek, enthusiastic... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ian
Buy it now and you will not be disappointed. I read through it in two days without putting it down. Though I am not much of a murder buff, this book has much historical value. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Saki
Drawn to the book by Bill Simmons, I was instantly appalled at the note-taking style and lack of any articulation between chapters and ideas. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christophe
Love Bill James. Love academic-style true crime. Hate this book. Just incredibly slip-shod, no real organization within the chapters themselves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Dixon
This book is very informative and a good source of background material. I think it will a very useful reference for my fiction writings.Published 6 months ago by Calgal
I'm a huge Bill James fan, but this book is a mess. I wanted to like it, tried to like it, but in the end I can't. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James Crabtree