Reviews in Brief

This part of the site is intended to broaden the scope of our coverage, and to encourage contributions from students and practitioners. Reviews in brief will be approximately 500 words in length.  Books to be considered for review should have been published in the past two years.  For further guidance or to prepare a review for publication, please contact one of the co-editors:

James Finckenauer (Criminal Justice)
Stuart Green (Criminal Law)


Guilty By Popular Demand: A True Story of Small-Town Injustice

Author: Bill Osinski
Publisher: Kent, OH: The Kent State University Press, 2012. 179p.
Reviewer: Richard Allinson | November 2013

House of Horrors: The Shocking True Story of Anthony Sowell, the Cleveland Strangler

Author: Robert Sberna
Publisher: Kent, OH: Black Squirrel Books, 2012. 216p
Reviewer: Jessica Schmidt | November 2013

Imprisoned Religion: Transformations of Religion During and After Imprisonment in Eastern Germany

Author: Irene Becci
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. 199p.
Reviewer: Sophie Gilliat-Ray | November 2013

Offender Reentry: Beyond Crime and Punishment

Authors: Elaine Gunnison and Jaqueline B. Helfgott
Publisher: Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner Publishers, 2013. 241p.
Reviewer: John R. Turner | November 2013

The Immorality of Punishment

Author: Michael J. Zimmerman
Publisher: Peterborough, ONT.; Buffalo, NY: Broadview Press, 2011. 183p.
Reviewer: Kurt Fowler | November 2013

The Murder Mystique: Female Killers and Pop Culture

Authors: Laurie Nalepo and Richard Pfefferman
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2013. 177p.
Reviewer: Jaclyn Schildkraut | November 2013

The Terrorist-Criminal Nexus: An Alliance of International Drug Cartels, Organized Crime, and Terror Groups

Author: Jennifer L. Hesterman
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2013. 351p.
Reviewer: David A. Marvelli | November 2013


Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

Author: Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer
Publisher: New York: The New Press, 2013. 128 p.
Reviewer: Bonita M. Veysey and Kito Davison | September 2013

Right-Wing Resurgence: How a Domestic Terrorist Threat is Being Ignored

Author: Daryl Johnson
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012. 422 p.
Reviewer: Brittany E. Hayes | September 2013

Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100-1500

Author: Caroline Dunn
Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 272 p.
Reviewer: Sam Bieler | September 2013


Compassionate Confinement: A Year in the Life of Unit C

Authors: Laura S. Abrams and Ben Anderson-Nathe
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012. 169p.
Reviewer: Melissa Smith | July 2013

Disrupting Dark Networks

Author: Sean F. Everton
Publisher: Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. 482p.
Reviewer: Anita Lavorgna | July 2013

Methods of Murder: Beccarian Introspection & Lombrosian Vivisection in Italian Crime Fiction

Author: Elena Past
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012. 345p.
Reviewer: Giorgio Ravagli | July 2013

On the Account: Piracy and the Americas, 1766-1835

Author: Joseph Gibbs
Publisher: Eastbourne, UK; Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2012. 249p.
Reviewer: Sam Bieler | July 2013

Real-Life Monsters: A Psychological Examination of the Serial Murderer

Author: Stephen J. Giannangelo
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. 193p.
Reviewer: Jaclyn Schildkraut | July 2013

Resilience & the City: Change, (Dis)Order and Disaster

Author: Peter Rogers
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012. 211p.
Reviewer: Vania Ceccato | July 2013

Run for the Border: Vice and Virtue in U.S.-Mexico Border Crossings (Citizenship and Migration in the Americas)

Author: Steven W. Bender
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2012. 224p.
Reviewer: David Hatten | July 2013

Special Sensitivity? The White-Collar Offender in Prison

Author: William A. Stadler
Publisher: El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2012. 180p.
Reviewer: Jessica Schmidt | July 2013

The Art of the Internet: A Study of Illegal Online Trading in Cultural Goods

Authors: Tom van Ham, Rutger Leukfeldt, Bo Bremmers, Wouter Stol and Anton van Wijk
Publisher: The Hague, Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing, 2011. 126 p.
Reviewer: Julie Viollaz | July 2013


5 Grams: Crack Cocaine, Rap Music, And The War On Drugs

Author: Dimitri A. Bogazianos
Publisher: New York: New York University Press, 2012. 206p.
Reviewer: Steven Block | May 2013


Author: Larry Welch
Publisher: Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2012.  292p.
Reviewer: Jaclyn Schildkraut | May 2013

The Death Of The American Death Penalty: States Still Leading The Way

Authors: Larry W. Koch, Colin Wark and John F. Galliher
Publisher: Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2012. 256p.
Reviewer: Nicholas Petersen | May 2013

The International Crime Drop: New Directions In Research

Editors: Jan van Dijk, Andromachi Tseloni and Graham Farrell
Publisher: London; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 360p.
Reviewer: Franklin E. Zimring | May 2013

Lone Wolf Terror And The Rise Of Leaderless Resistance

Author: George Michael
Publisher: Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2012. 264p.
Reviewer: Emma Sinclair | May 2013

Mexico: Democracy Interrupted

Author: Jo Tuckman
Publisher: New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012. 328p.
Reviewer: Howard Campbell | May 2013

One Country, Two Systems: Cross-Border Crime Between Hong Kong And China

Author: Kam C. Wong
Publisher: New Brunswick, NJ; London: Transaction Publishers, 2012. 233p.
Reviewer: Peng Wang | May 2013

Pathways For Offender Reentry: An Aca Reader

Editors: Russ Immarigeon and Larry M. Fehr
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: American Correctional Association, 2012. 285p.
Reviewer: Janet Garcia | May 2013

Sport, Violence And Society

Author: Kevin Young
Publisher: New York: Routledge, 2012. 220p.
Reviewer: Sam Bieler | May 2013

Witches, Wife Beaters, And Whores: Common Law And Common Folk In Early America

Author: Elaine Forman Crane
Publisher: Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2011. 278p.
Reviewer: Nigel J. Cohen | May 2013


Fear and Crime in Latin America: Redefining State-Society Relations

Author: Lucia Dammert
Publisher: New York: Routledge, 2012. 196p.
Reviewer: Mary Etienne | March 2013

Governing Guns, Preventing Plunder: International Cooperation against Illicit Trade

Author: Asif Efrat
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 384p.
Reviewer: Marissa Mandala | March 2013

In This Timeless Time: Living and Dying on Death Row in America

Authors: Bruce Jackson and Diane Christian
Publisher: Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2012. 256p.
Reviewer: Bonita M. Veysey | March 2013

Juvenile Homicide: Fatal Assault or Lethal Intent?

Author: Raquel Maria Warley
Publisher: El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2011. 191p.
Reviewer: Patricia Cantara | March 2013

Policing and Security in Practice: Challenges and Achievements

Editor: Tim Prenzler, ed.
Publisher: Basingstoke, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 256p.
Reviewer: Walter Campbell | March 2013

Racial Disparities in Capital Sentencing: Prejudice and Discrimination in the Jury

Author: Jamie L. Flexon
Publisher: El Paso, TX: LFB Scholarly Publishing LLC, 2012. 176p.
Reviewer: Janet Garcia | March 2013


Cop Watch: Spectators, Social Media, and Police Reform

Author: Hans Toch Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2012. 188p. Reviewer: Tim Prenzler | January 2013

Enforcing the Convict Code: Prison Violence and Prison Culture

Author: Rebecca Trammell Publisher: Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2012. 157p. Reviewer: Patricia Hardyman │ January 2013

Illicit Trade and the Global Economy

Authors: C. Costa Storti and P. De Grauwe, eds. Publisher: Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. 266p. Reviewer: Leonid Lantsman | January 2013

Prostitution Scandals in China: Policing, Media and Society

Author: Elaine Jeffreys Publisher: London; New York: Routledge, 2012. 196 p.Reviewer: Tiantian Zheng | January 2013

Selling Women: Prostitution, Markets and the Household in Early Modern Japan

Author: Amy Stanley Publisher: Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2012. 256p. Reviewer: Sam Bieler | January 2013

Tax Evasion and the Shadow Economy

Authors: Michael Pickhardt and Aloys Prinz, eds. Publisher: Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing Company, 2012. 200p. Reviewer: Friedrich Schneider | January 2013

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