Excellent range of true crime stories not usually found in most books. There's the murder of 2 cheerleaders by a neighbor; a very competent DEA agent in Mexico who gets the shaft by our government; a story of cops turning to crime in Los Angeles; a wide-range look at the 9/11 attack; the very interesting experience of a jurist; and several more true stories.
V. N. (verrby) reviewed The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition : The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (Vintage) on
Fascinating true-crime reportage from some great writers... Wambaugh, Krakauer, Bali, Turow. A must-read if you are a true-crime fan. Chilling and heart-breaking, all at once. I've re-read several times, at it was always enthralling.
Luis P. reviewed The Best American Crime Writing: 2004 Edition : The Year's Best True Crime Reporting (Vintage) on + 25 more book reviews
This book has its moments to be sure, but yet it does not come across as a full fledged crime book. Some of the authors are strictly reporting crime but quite a few get into thematics that frankly, for the avid crime book reader, have no impact on the subject matter. I guess that what I am trying to convey is that the title is possibly misleading in that it is not stories of crime one after the other. And that, in a nutshell, is the only reason why I wanted to read it. The academic aspects of law, politics and regional conflicts are to my humble opinion (but opinionated, never the less) subject matters that clearly belong under a different title. I found myself reading less and less, skipping some of the essays? for this was not what I had bargained for. Under one banner what the reader basically gets is a lukewarm collection of stories but not necessarily reflecting on the subject it so boldly advertises. 3 Stars for here and there some good crime stories were revealed.