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)


Walking Prey: How America’s Youth are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery

Author: Holly Austin Smith
Publisher: New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 256p.
Reviewer: Annie Isabel Fukushima | September, 2016

The Para-State: An Ethnography of Colombia’s Death Squads

Author: Aldo Civico
Publisher: Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016. 264p.
Reviewer: Gabriela Manrique Rueda | September 2016

Law and Lies: Deception and Truth-Telling In the American Legal System

Editor: Austin Sarat
Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 344p.
Reviewer: Kawu Bala | September 2016

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains

Author: Alexandra Lutnick
Publisher: New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. 200p.
Reviewer: Melanie Clark Mogavero | September 2016

American Popular Culture in the Era of Terror: Falling Skies, Dark Knights Rising, and Collapsing Cultures

Author: Jesse Kavadlo
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015. 218p.
Reviewer: Richard Lachmann | September 2016


The Mafia: A Cultural History

Author: Roberto M. Dainotto
Publisher: London: Reaktion Books, 2015. 239p.
Reviewer: Jay Albanese | May 2016

Understanding Sexual Homicide Offenders: An Integrated Approach

Author: Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 179p.
Reviewer: Richard Tewksbury | May 2016

The Exclusionary Rule of Evidence: Comparative Analysis and Proposals for Reform

Author: Kuo-hsing Hsieh
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate (Routledge), 2014. 250 p.
Reviewer: Andrew Novak | May 2016

The CON Men: Hustling in New York City

Authors: Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton
Publisher: New York: Columbia University Press (Studies in Transgression series), 2015. 276p.
Reviewer: Richard Allinson | May 2016

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Author: Jon Krakauer
Publisher: New York: Doubleday (Anchor Books), 2015. 416p.
Reviewer: Allison Crowe | May 2016

High Price: A Neuroscientist’s Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society

Author: Carl Hart
Publisher: New York: Harper Perennial, 2014. 352p.
Reviewer: Robert Costello | May 2016

Environmental Crime and Social Conflict: Contemporary and Emerging Issues

Editors: Avi Brisman and Nigel South
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey, UK ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate (Routledge), 2016. 344p.
Reviewer: Sara McFann | May 2016


Young People’s Understandings of Men’s Violence Against Women

Author: Nancy Lombard
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2015. 228p.
Reviewer: Amber L. Morczek | March 2016

Stolen, Smuggled, Sold

Author: Nancy Moses
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 160p.
Reviewer: Marc Balcells | March 2016

The Political Roots of Racial Tracking in American Criminal Justice

Author: Nina M. Moore
Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 379p.
Reviewer: David Schultz | March 2016

Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media, and Justice

Authors: Susan C. Boyd and Connie Carter
Publisher: Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014. 204p.
Reviewer: Rebecca Jesseman | March 2016

Gangster States: Organized Crime, Kleptocracy and Political Collapse

Author: Katherine Hirschfeld
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015. 176p.
Reviewer: Mark Galeotti | March 2016

Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions

Author: Wadie E. Said
Publisher: New York: Oxford University Press, 2015. 207p.
Reviewer: David Schultz | March 2016

Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South

Author: Talitha L. LeFlouria
Publisher: Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015. 257p.
Reviewer: William S. Kiser | March 2016


Developing Restorative Justice Jurisprudence: Rethinking Responses to Criminal Wrongdoing

Author: Tony Foley
Publisher: Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014. 262p.
Reviewer: Steve Kirkwood | January 2016

Creativity and Crime: A Psychological Analysis

Authors: David H. Cropley and Arthur J. Cropley
Publisher: New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 250p.
Reviewers: James C. Kaufman and Cuiping Tu | January 2016

Hooked in Film: Substance Abuse on the Big Screen

Author: John Markert
Publisher: Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2013. 392p.
Reviewer:  Bran Nicol | January 2016

Pop Culture Panics: How Moral Crusaders Construct Meanings of Deviance and Delinquency

Author: Karen Sternheimer
Publisher: London, UK; New York: Routledge, 2015. 164p.
Reviewer: Christopher J. Moloney | January 2016

Terrorism, Inc.: The Financing of Terrorism, Insurgency, and Irregular Warfare

Author: Colin P. Clarke
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International, 2015. 289p.
Reviewer: Michael Freeman | January 2016

The Brooklyn Thrill-Kill Gang and the Great Comic Book Scare of the 1950s

Author: Mariah Adin
Publisher: Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015. 167p.
Reviewer: Christopher J. Moloney | January 2016

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