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True Stories of New York Crime & Mystery
"A compilation of 43 true crimes that took place in New York City from 1689 to the present, this book chronicles a slave revolt gone awry, the theft of a 19th-century millionaire's body, the Stanford White murder, and the Son of Sam slayings. Many of the inclusions will be familiar, but the coverage of Tammany Hall political corruption and the Kitty Genovese tragedy will serve as good memory refreshers. Some of the chapters read like dry sections from a history book. In other instances the writers moralize, as in the Preppie murder case where they chide parents for failing to look after their children. In spite of these flaws, the book offers a good overview of New York crime. The atlas reference to crime sites at the end of each chapter might be of interest to diehard New York City tourists, although in many instances the original buildings are gone. Recommended for crime collections, this will be of special interest in the New York area."
Lois Walker, Winthrop Coll. Lib., Rock Hill
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Los Angeles Times
"These accounts of big city crimes have the agreeably salacious tone of a sleazy best seller ... engaging if outré entertainment on a flight to the Big Apple."
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"This is a well researched book filled with facts and stories about obscure crimes as well as famous ones, dating back to the 1690s. In addition to the interesting stories, the authors added information about the locations at which they took place. Very informative!"
5 Star Amazon customer review (avg reviews on Amazon, 4.3 stars out of 5)
"if you are interested in reading about major crimes that happened in New York City's past, then this is the book for you. Well researched and well written book which kept me glued to each story."
5 Star Amazon customer review by Joe Corso
"This is a great, fun read. For out-of-towners, read this and gather enough obscure, and often gory, facts to amaze your New York friends. For those who live there, read this and learn more about your town. Marvin J. Wolf gives good weight."
5 Star Amazon customer review by Steve Northrup
"Great stuff! Marvin Wolf is a gifted writer and tremendous researcher. Although I thought I was familiar with many of these stories, his style and insights left me thoroughly intrigued and inspired by these tales of murder and depravity. Guilty pleasures, perhaps, but of the highest - and lowest - order. Couldn't put it down."
5 Star Amazon customer review by Sal