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Thieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped ItThieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It
Author: Travis McDade
Publisher: Oxford, UK; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 216p.
Reviewer: Patterson Smith | March 2014

Thieves of Book Row: New York’s Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It,by Travis McDade, is about book thieves headquartered in New York City’s Book Row. Reviewer Patterson Smith, who identifies himself as an antiquarian bookseller for some sixty years, describes Thieves of Book Row as a “fully engaging account of larcenous activity that crosses the boundaries of commerce, academia, and connoisseurship.” Read On »

Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room Kids, Cops, and Confessions: Inside the Interrogation Room
Author: Barry C. Feld
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2013. 351p.
Reviewers: Lisa S. Nored and Caitlin Carey | March 2014

Barry Feld is one of the foremost scholars of juvenile justice researching and writing today. His latest book, Kids, Cops, and Confessions, is reviewed here by Lisa S. Nored and Caitlin Carey. As the book’s title intimates, it is an examination of the unique issues and problems that arise when the subject of police interrogation is a juvenile. The reviewers consider the book to be important to all who “seek to better understand the unique plight of juveniles faced with the inherently coercive circumstances involved in police questioning.” Read On »

To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada To Right Historical Wrongs: Race, Gender, and Sentencing in Canada
Author: Carmela Murdocca
Publisher: Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2013. 257p.
Reviewer: David Milward | March 2014

Many (most) societies are faced with stark differences in how law and justice are experienced by the “haves” and the “have not’s” in their midst. In that latter category are the various Aboriginal peoples who live in a number of countries. It is Aboriginals in Canada who are the subject in To Right Historical Wrongs by Carmela Murdocca. Reviewer David Milward, while generally complimentary, criticizes the author for being diagnostically long but prescriptively short. He also points out the very fundamental question of “whether or not the social devastation faced by Aboriginal peoples can be addressed to any meaningful extent through the [criminal] sentencing process.” Read On »

Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad GenerationProhibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation
Author: Marc Mappen
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 256p.
Reviewer: Jay Albanese | March 2014

Jay Albanese concludes that Prohibition Gangsters by historian Marc Mappen is “an interesting effort to review a generation of gangsters, whose efforts to profit from crime were successful for short periods, but were usually interrupted by violence from competitors, prosecution by the government, or untimely death.”  Focusing, not surprisingly, on mostly Italians and Jews and their real organization of crime during Prohibition and beyond, Mappen pays special attention to Chicago and Al Capone, and to some of the original figures in the Five Families of the New York/New Jersey area. Read On »

Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use Among Suburban Women Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use Among Suburban Women
Author: Miriam Boer
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2013. 254p.
Reviewer: Rashi K. Shukla | March 2014

Miriam Boeri’s Women on Ice: Methamphetamine Use Among Suburban Women gives an insider’s view of the largely hidden social problem of methamphetamine use by a seemingly unsuspected user population, namely suburban women.  Reviewer Rashi Shukla concludes that readers will gain insight into “the challenges [these women face in] maintaining and sustaining contradictory social roles, [and the] barriers to services and programs, and policy changes that are needed to address this issue more effectively.” Women on Ice, Shukla believes, is important in part because it does target a largely hidden and difficult-to-access population. Read On »

Participation in Crime – Domestic and Comparative Perspectives Participation in Crime – Domestic and Comparative Perspectives
Editors: Alan Reed and Michael Bohlander
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2013. 512 p.
Reviewer: Beatrice Krebs | March 2014

A difficult and complex issue is how best to attribute criminal liability to those who do not commit the criminal act but who participate indirectly—usually called the law of complicity. This collection of essays is an examination of the law and theory of complicity that is, according to Beatrice Krebs, “ambitious and very thorough in its scope and execution.” The book contains 12 chapters that focus on concepts and issues concerning the English law of complicity and 14 chapters providing an overview of the principles of complicity in other jurisdictions. Krebs concludes, “It cannot be overemphasised that the guiding hand of the editors is apparent throughout these chapters – this is not a loose collection of essays held together by a vague common theme, but a fantastic resource for academics, practitioners and students alike.” Read On »

Positive Obligations in the Criminal Law Positive Obligations in the Criminal Law
Author: Andrew Ashworth
Publisher: Oxford, UK; Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, 2013. 232p.
Reviewer: William Wilson | March 2014

Criminal law scholars have long struggled with the difficult question of when individuals should be held liable for failing to perform acts they have a duty to perform. But what of the state itself? What duties should it be obligated to perform in a just system of criminal and civil law? It is the relationship between these two forms of duty that lies at the heart of Positive Obligations in the Criminal Law, the “timely and welcome collection of essays, both old and new, “ from Andrew Ashworth, “one of the common law’s most distinguished thinkers in the field of criminal law.” Read On »

Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process Bioethics, Medicine and the Criminal Law: Medicine and Bioethics in the Theatre of the Criminal Process
Authors: Margaret Brazier and Suzanne Ost
Publisher: Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 305p.
Reviewers: Joan H. Krause | March 2014

What is the proper relationship between medical ethics, bioethics, and the criminal law? In a new book on that subject by Margaret Brazier and Suzanne Ost, the authors imagine the relationship through the metaphor of the theater – dramatic, public, scripted, performative, narrational. Our reviewer, Joan Krause, finds the book “a thought-provoking, well-researched volume that demands serious reflection,” though the theatrical metaphor can at times seem “forced.” Read On »

Contested Police Systems: Changes in the Police Systems in Belgium, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany, and the Netherlands Contested Police Systems: Changes in the Police Systems in Belgium, Denmark, England & Wales, Germany, and the Netherlands
Editor: Ari van Sluis, et al
Publisher: The Hague, NETH: Eleven Publishing, 2013. 236p.
Reviewer: Malcolm Anderson | March 2014

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Centralizing Forces? Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Police Reform in Northern and Western EuropeCentralizing Forces? Comparative Perspectives on Contemporary Police Reform in Northern and Western Europe
Editor: Nicholas R. Fyfe, et al.
Publisher: The Hague, NETH: Eleven Publishing, 2013. 194p.
Reviewer: Malcolm Anderson | March 2014

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Electronically Monitored Punishment: International and Critical PerspectivesElectronically Monitored Punishment: International and Critical Perspectives
Editors: Mike Nellis, Kristel Beyens, and Dan Kaminski
Publisher: New York: Routledge, 2012. 279p.
Reviewer: Rita Haverkamp | March 2014

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Victims of Environmental Harm: Rights, Recognition and Redress under National and International Law Victims of Environmental Harm: Rights, Recognition and Redress under National and International Law
Author: Mathew Hall
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon, UK; New York: Routledge, 2013. 216p.
Reviewer: Avi Brisman | March 2014

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Animal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More Than a LinkAnimal Cruelty, Antisocial Behaviour and Aggression: More Than a Link
Author: Eleonora Gullone
Publisher: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 182p.
Reviewer: Kenna Quinet | March 2014

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European Penology?European Penology?
Editors: Tom Daems, Dirk van Zyl Smit, and Sonja Snacken
Publisher: Oxford, UK; Portland, OR: Hart Publishing, 2013. 384p.
Reviewer: Russ Immarigeon | March 2014

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Eco-Global Crimes: Contemporary Problems and Future Challenges Eco-Global Crimes: Contemporary Problems and Future Challenges
Authors: Rune Ellefsen, Ragnild Sollund, and Guri Larsen
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing, 2012. 318p
Reviewer: Angus Nurse | March 2014

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